Promoters not liable for death

AEG Live has won a long running court case against Michael Jackson's family.

Michael Jackson's death was an American affair. Played out amid the glare of the world's press, it was followed by revelation after revelation about the singer's final years.

The 'Thriller' icon's physician Dr Conrad Murray was jailed for his part in the singer's death, with an American court finding the health professional guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

In addition to this, Michael Jackson's family issued legal proceedings against AEG Live. The promotion company behind the singer's final tour 'This Is It' they stood accused of negligence in the weeks and months running up to Jackson's death.

The long running civil case came to an end yesterday (October 2nd) with a jury finding in AEG Live's favour. Although the company did hire Dr Conrad Murray, they argued, AEG Live had no way of knowing the full scale of the physician's activities.

Jury foreman Greg Barden explained the verdict as follows: "We felt he was competent to do the job of general practitioner. Now that doesn’t mean that we thought he was ethical, and maybe had the word ethical been in the question, it could have been a different outcome."

(via BBC)

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