The much talked about wrongful death suit involving pop star Michael Jackson’s death was finalized in October with a victory for defendant AEG. The trial lasted for a grueling six months and exonerated AEG from liability for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray (Jackson’s personal physician) who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson. Conrad supposedly acted on behalf of AEG. Clearly, the Jackson family is dismayed at the outcome of the trial, especially Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson. However, the Jacksons may not be the only ones who believe the verdict was erroneous.
The the latest twist in this case is that several jurors from the trial have lodged complaints that the result may have been affected by an problematic jury form, among other things. The central issue with the juror challenge is that the verdict form (filled out by jurors once a decision has been reached) did not indicate the specific timing of events that could lead to a rule in favor of the Jackson family. The language on the jury form which is at issue includes the phrase “at any time” in reference to when Dr. Murray became allegedly incompetent to administer medical care to Jackson. The actual language included on the form used implied that the jury was to make a decision on his competency at the time he contracted with AEG.
The concerned ex-jury members are now stating that many of them did feel the Jackson family proved its case in regard to Conrad’s inability after his hiring, but were unable to make a ruling on that issue due to the way the form constrained their ability to render a decision. Interestingly, the Jackson legal team had asked to include this language on this particular verdict form but were denied so by the presiding judge. The jurors involved feel that there were several issues that were not considered in the original trial. Therefore, counsel for the plaintiff is submitting a motion for a new trial based on issues with the jury.
*This blog is for informational purposes only. Paramount Defense is in no way associated with the parties of this matter.