August 19th, 2013
02:55 PM ET

Testimony: Promoter didn't pressure Jackson's doctor

The doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death did not appeared to be pressured by AEG Live, an expert hired by the concert promoter testified Friday.

Dr. Gary Green returns to the witness stand Monday, the 72nd day of testimony in the Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson's mother and three children contend AEG Live is liable in the pop icon's death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who is serving a prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

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Jackson wrongful death case jury chosen
April 22nd, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Jackson wrongful death case jury chosen

A jury of six men and six women has been chosen to hear the Michael Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

Another six jurors must now be selected to serve as alternates in the trial, which is expected to last two or three months, in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, claiming the promoter was liable in the pop icon's death in 2009.

The judge has not set a date for opening statements and testimony to begin, although the trial opening could happen later this week.

Jackson died two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London in the summer of 2009.

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Promoter to blame Jackson for own death
Michael Jackson performs in concert in 1984. He died in 2009.
April 1st, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Promoter to blame Jackson for own death

Michael Jackson's last concert promoter will defend itself in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's family by arguing that Jackson was responsible for his own demise.

Child molestation accusations against Jackson, for which he was acquitted after a trial, and evidence of his drug addiction will likely be presented by AEG Live's lawyers as they argue that the company had no liability in his death.

Jackson died two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London in the summer of 2009.

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March 18th, 2013
02:06 AM ET

Doctor won't testify in Jackson death trial

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's personal physician, is refusing to testify in the wrongful death lawsuit that the singer's mother filed against concert promoter AEG Live.

If called, he will plead the fifth so as not to incriminate himself, the doctor said in a statement sent to the Jackson family.

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Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson speak on stage during the "Michael Forever Tribute Concert" in 2011.
February 25th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial

The lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's three children and mother that accuses a concert promoter of contributing to the pop icon's death can go to trial, a Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday.

The trial for the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, filed by Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson and his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, is set for April.  A final order on Monday's decision has not been issued yet.

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Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter
February 19th, 2013
03:49 AM ET

Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter

As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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The Jackson strife: Family bickers over whereabouts of Michael's mom
July 23rd, 2012
04:05 AM ET

The Jackson strife: Family bickers over whereabouts of Michael's mom

Katherine Jackson, reported missing Saturday by her nephew, told a law enforcement officer in Arizona Sunday that she was "fine," a source close to the investigation said.

But Michael Jackson's three children still have not heard from their grandmother a week after she left the Calabasas, California, home where she lives with them, according to Katherine Jackson's lawyer.

The lack of contact with the Jackson family matriarch led her nephew Trent Jackson to file a missing person's report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department late Saturday, Jackson attorney Sandra Ribera said.

It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson's children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.

Jermaine Jackson, in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday night, said the children were not "being 'blocked' from speaking with Mother," who he said "is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor's advice."

"She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor's orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers," he tweeted.

His statement did not explain why Paris Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, was rebuffed in several attempts to reach her grandmother on the phone. That led Paris to post messages on Twitter early Sunday pleading for help in finding her.

"yes, my grandmother is missing," Paris tweeted. "i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now."

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July 22nd, 2012
02:41 AM ET

Michael Jackson's mom reported missing

A nephew of Katherine Jackson reported the Jackson family matriarch missing late Saturday night after her grandchildren were unable to get in touch with her for a week.

It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson's children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.

Jackson's nephew, Trent, filed the report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. But one of her sons involved in the dispute said she was fine and resting in Arizona.

"I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us," Jermaine Jackson tweeted.

"This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period," he added.

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Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years
November 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

A California judge sentenced the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death by overdose to four years in county jail.

Citing a lack of remorse and failure to accept responsibility, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied Conrad Murray's request for probation.

"You can't have probation when there isn't an acknowledgment of rehabilitation or responsibility and remorse," Pastor said. "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit, of lies and regrettably, that pattern was to assist Dr. Murray."

Prosecutors and Jackson's family had requested the maximum sentence of four years. In a statement read aloud at the hearing, Jackson's mother said Murray had failed her son and his family.

The pop star and his children had plans to enter the film industry "as a family" before Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, prosecutor David Walgren said as he read aloud from Katherine Jackson's written statement.

After his death of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, Jackson's daughter said she wished she could "go with him," according to the statement.

"Their world collapsed," the prosecutor said. "He violated her son's trust, failed her son and failed his family."

Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff had requested probation, urging the judge to consider testimony from other patients of Murray's who said he'd helped them.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago after a trial in which prosecutors successfully argued that Murray's reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer's death.

Measures to relieve crowding in California prisons and jails could significantly shorten Murray's time locked up.

Murray's mother, Milta Rush, wrote a letter to the judge asking for mercy, saying "his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma."

Prosecutors also asked for more than $100 million in restitution for Jackson's children.

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November 29th, 2011
01:21 AM ET

Conrad Murray to be sentenced in singer Michael Jackson's death

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will be sentenced at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, hopes Murray gets the harshest sentence possible: four years in a state prison.

"I don't believe that he intended for Michael to die," Katherine Jackson said Monday. "He was just taking a chance."

At the sentencing Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has a choice ranging between probation and up to four years in a state prison. But measures to relieve California prison and jail crowding could significantly shorten his time locked up.

Prosecutors successfully argued that Murray's reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer's death.

Testimony during his trial revealed that Murray gave propofol nearly every night in the two months before the singer's death on June 25, 2009, as Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts set for London the next month.

Murray was found guilty three weeks ago.

Katherine Jackson and several of her children will be in court for the sentencing Tuesday, but her grandchildren Prince, Paris and Blanket will not. They'll be at school, she said.

She was uncertain whether anyone from the family would speak in court, but she was interviewed by a probation officer who will include her thoughts in the report to the judge, Jackson said.

Murray's mother, Milta Rush, wrote a letter to the judge asking for mercy, saying "his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma."

Prosecutors are asking for the maximum four years behind bars, and they want Murray to pay Jackson's children more than $100 million in restitution. Defense lawyers want probation, not prison time.

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November 4th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

Jury in Conrad Murray trial ends first day of deliberations

[Updated 7:15 p.m. ET] The jury in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial has ended deliberations for the day without reaching a verdict.

[Posted 4:03 p.m. ET] The mother of the late pop icon Michael Jackson has been asked to return to a Los Angeles County courthouse, where a jury is deliberating the case against the physician charged in the death of her son, according to a source close to her.

It was not immediately clear from the source why Katherine Jackson was asked to return to the building.

Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Closing arguments in the case ended Thursday.

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Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin
Dr. Conrad Murrary is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
November 4th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin

The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

The seven men and five women heard from 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray's girlfriends and patients, Jackson's former employees, investigators, and medical experts for each side.

Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was caused by "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with two sedatives, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.

Prosecutors argue that Murray's use of propofol a surgical anesthetic in Jackson's home to treat his insomnia was so reckless it was criminally negligent.

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November 3rd, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Closing arguments in Conrad Murray case end

Closing arguments concluded Thursday afternoon in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

Jury deliberations are next in the trial in Los Angeles, though jurors are expected to be dismissed until Friday morning.

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October 24th, 2011
01:59 AM ET

Janet Jackson cancels shows to be with family as Murray trial ends

With the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor entering what could be its last week, Janet Jackson canceled shows in Australia to be with her family in Los Angeles.

Janet Jackson sat with her parents and several siblings during the first five days of the trial, but she has not been at court in nearly three weeks.

"After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now," she said in a statement posted Sunday on her website, announcing that three shows this week in Melbourne are canceled.

The concert promoter told Jackson fans it was "important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing."

If her flight arrives in Los Angeles before Monday morning, Jackson may see the last hours of the prosecution's key witness, anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer.

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers will use the next four days to challenge the prosecution's contention that his reckless use of the surgical anesthesia propofol to help Jackson sleep makes him criminally responsible for the pop icon's death.

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Paramedic testifies he saw no signs of life in Michael Jackson
Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
September 30th, 2011
06:13 PM ET

Paramedic testifies he saw no signs of life in Michael Jackson

A Los Angeles County paramedic who responded to the delayed 911 call from Michael Jackson's home the day he died testified Friday in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial that Jackson was "flatlined" and appeared dead when rescuers arrived.

Paramedic Richard Senneff said that at no time during the 42 minutes he was with Jackson on June 25, 2009, did he see any signs of life in him.

Paramedic Martin Blount, who drove the ambulance, began his testimony later Friday, the fourth day of Murray's trial.

Deputy District Attorney Deborah Brazil asked Blount about his initial assessment of Jackson's condition when he arrived.

"I felt he was dead, ma'am," Blount said.

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Defense: Jackson caused his own death when Murray was away
September 27th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Defense: Jackson caused his own death when Murray was away

Editor's note: Opening statements in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson, were given in a California courtroom on Tuesday. Prosecutors contend that Murray's use of the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid led to Jackson's death. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.

Below, you'll find a running account of the opening statements. Also, a full report of the opening statements is available.

[Updated at 5:11 p.m. ET] Here are some final notes about the defense's opening statements, which finished about 20 minutes ago:

"We believe the evidence will tell you this: that Michael Jackson wanted to sleep for 10 hours ... needed to sleep, needed to succeed (at his upcoming concert series), and his doctor would not give him propofol, the drug he needed," defense attorney Ed Chernoff said.

Earlier, Chernoff told the jury that Jackson had taken an extra dose of propofol when Murray left the room where Jackson was trying to sleep. This, along with an overdose of a sedative that Chernoff says Jackson took without Murray's knowledge, killed Jackson instantly, according to Chernoff.

Before Murray left the room, Murray who Chernoff said was trying to wean Jackson off propofol administered to Jackson 25 milligrams of the drug, but only after Jackson begged for it after 10 hours of restlessness, Chernoff said. That amount of propofol would have dissipated and would have had no clinical effects by the time Murray left, Chernoff said.

"The whole thing is tragic, but the evidence is not going to show that Dr. Murray did it," he said. "Dr. Murray is an imperfect man, but in this criminal court we believe he is not guilty."

"We will ask you to acquit him," Chernoff added.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] The defense has finished its opening statements.

[Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET] The defense's opening statements have resumed following a lunch break.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff said that the 25 milligrams of propofol that he said Murray gave Jackson on the day of his death would have dissipated within 10 minutes, and that should have happened by the time Murray left the room.

Science will prove that Jackson had to have taken more propofol when Murray left the room.

"The science will prove that there had to have been more propofol delivered, provided, taken by Michael Jackson after the period of time (Murray) left that room," Chernoff said.

Chernoff said the defense's theory is that the extra delivery of that propofol "was through Michael Jackson himself."

Earlier, Chernoff said that an extra dose of propofol that he said Jackson took while Murray was out of the room, combined with an extra dose of a sedative that Chernoff said Jackson had taken without Murray's knowledge, killed Jackson.

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August 30th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

Janet Jackson: Michael tribute is 'too difficult for me'

Janet Jackson joined brothers Jermaine and Randy on Tuesday in opposing the October tribute concert for Michael Jackson because it takes place during the trial of the doctor charged in their brother's death.

While Janet Jackson stopped short of criticizing the promoters or other members of her family who support the tribute, she did put to rest any rumors that she would perform in it.

"Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me," she said in a statement sent to CNN by her representative Tuesday.

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Other shocking court verdicts
Casey Anthony, with her attorney Jose Baez, approaches the podium to hear Judge Belvin Perry confirm that she is not guilty of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011.
July 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Other shocking court verdicts

Casey Anthony's acquittal on first-degree murder charges may be one of the most surprising trial outcomes in at least a decade. The Florida mom may have escaped with only misdemeanor convictions, but her acquittal is drawing comparisons to another high-profile murder trial: O.J. Simpson's.
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Gotta Watch: Day Michael Jackson died
Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for his "This Is It" tour.
June 25th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Day Michael Jackson died

It's a day that music fans around the world will remember. On June 25, 2009, legendary pop icon Michael Jackson died. The 50-year-old "King of Pop" suffered cardiac arrest at his residence  and died hours later. There is no doubt Jackson had a profound influence on the music industry. His show-stopping dance moves and best-selling albums made him one of the most popular artists of all time. In honor of Michael Jackson's memory we at Gotta Watch put together some videos from the day Michael Jackson died.

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Gotta Watch: Scene stealing siblings
A recently released picture of Pippa Middleton in just a bra and skirt is causing a stir.
May 10th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Scene stealing siblings

Catherine Middleton may be a duchess and future queen of England now, but it's her sister who's been stealing the spotlight. It began at the royal wedding when Pippa Middleton donned a figure-hugging dress that netted global attention. Now racy pictures of her in a purple push-up bra have some wondering if Pippa's stealing her sister's limelight. In today's Gotta Watch, we're focusing on the siblings whose actions have eclipsed their famous family members.
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