AirTalk for April 30, 2013

Star-studded trial underway for Michael Jackson’s wrongful death suit

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Rebbi Jackson, sister of the late pop star Michael Jackson, arrived at Los Angeles Superior Court where the trial of Katherine Jackson and Michael’s children against concert promoter AEG Live is being held at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Opening statements started Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG. Jackson alleges the promoters of the King of Pop's comeback concert were ultimately responsible for his death. Lawyers for the Jackson family will argue that AEG was negligent by pushing the pop star too hard to prepare for his "This is It" tour. They also allege that the concert promoter hired and managed Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he prescribed Jackson a lethal combination of drugs. Jackson died four years ago at the age of 50.

The case is expected to shed light on the secretive pop star's final days. The witness list reads like a who's who of Hollywood elite - Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Lou Ferrigno and Spike Lee are expected to testify. Both of Jackson's ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, are listed as possible witnesses.

Is AEG responsible for hiring Conrad Murray? How much will be revealed about the pop star's personal life? It's been rumored that the Jackson family is asking for $40 billion in damages. How high could a settlement run?

Guest:
Jody Armour, Professor of Law at the University of Southern California


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