1 judge will hear 2 Jackson lawsuits

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Dr. Conrad Murray sits near the bailiff as he appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

One judge will handle both lawsuits filed by Michael Jackson’s parents over their son’s overdose death two years ago.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos was already handling the lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mom against AEG Live – the promoter of her son’s planned comeback concerts in London. Court rules gave Judge Palazuelos the option of also hearing the lawsuit by Jackson’s dad against Dr. Conrad Murray – and the judge has decided to take that one, too.

This doesn’t mean there’ll be one trial; it only means one judge will hear both lawsuits. Joe Jackson’s lawsuit claims Dr. Conrad Murray shouldn’t have given his son the powerful sedative propofol – and should have told paramedics that he did.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live; she claims the concert promoter is responsible for Dr. Murray’s medical decisions because it hired him to care for her son.

Dr. Murray is also charged with involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death. That trial’s been pushed back to September.

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