Case Closed in Jackson Death Trial, Jury Gets Negligence Case

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“It’s not right, ladies and gentlemen,” Panish said. “It would not be right to allow Gongaware and Phillips to skate down the street and click their champagne glasses at AEG Live.”

Both executives were initially named as defendants but were dismissed from the case during the trial.

Panish showed jurors details of a contract that was drafted by AEG Live but only signed by Murray. He said it proved that AEG wanted to control the doctor.

The plaintiff’s last argument came a day after AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam told jurors that Jackson was the architect of his own demise and no one else can be blamed. Putnam said Jackson insisted on hiring the cardiologist, despite objections from AEG Live.

The company told Jackson there were great doctors in London but the singer would not be deterred, Putnam said.

“It was his money and he certainly wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” he said.

Putnam showed brief excerpts from the “This Is It” documentary to show that Jackson appeared in top form just 12 hours before he died.

“AEG Live did not have a crystal ball,” he said. “Dr. Murray and Mr. Jackson fooled everyone. They want to blame AEG for something no one saw.”

If AEG Live had known about the propofol treatments, it would have pulled the plug on the planned tour, the lawyer said.

“AEG would have never agreed to finance this tour if they knew Mr. Jackson was playing Russian roulette in his bedroom every night,” Putnam told jurors.

If jurors find AEG didn’t hire Murray, their work will be done quickly and they need not decide four other questions.

A unanimous verdict is not required in the case. Only nine of the 12 jurors must agree.

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