Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of Katherine Jackson and Michael’s children against concert promoter AEG Live. The Jackson heirs reportedly will ask the jury for $40 billion in damages against AEG Live. They blame the company for Dr. Conrad Murray’s ill-fated propofol treatment of the late King of Pop.
The answers are complicated and will be sorted out over the course of the next two to three months in front of a Los Angeles jury. The trial will turn on two key questions: Did AEG Live “hire” Dr. Murray to treat Michael Jackson, and if so, was it foreseeable to AEG that Dr. Murray could overdose Michael? If the jury determines that the answer to both questions is yes, then it would then have to determine how much blame should be laid at the feet of AEG Live.
Katherine Jackson and her lawyers claim that AEG Live hired, supervised and controlled Dr. Murray, “putting its desire for massive profits from the Tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson.” AEG Live says that only Michael hired the doctor and it had no responsibility for how Dr. Murray treated Michael.