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Michael Jackson jury: Jury seated in wrongful death trial against AEG

Michael Jackson jury: Jury seated in wrongful death trial against AEG, A jury has been seated in the wrongful death civil lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson’s mother against AEG concert promoters. The jury of six men and six women in Jackson’s wrongful death trial was accepted by attorneys on both sides on Monday, nearly four years after the pop superstar’s death, The Associated Press reported April 22.

Lawyers in the Michael Jackson case are now questioning possible alternate jurors.

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, filed the wrongful death case on behalf of herself and Jackson’s three children, Blanket Jackson, Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson. The family’s attorneys have said that potential damages could reach $40 billion in the civil case.

Nearly 100 candidates were interviewed to sit on the jury. It took a week to settle on the final 12.

Many potential Jackson jurors were dismissed because they said it would be too great of a hardship to serve on a trial that could last several months. Other candidates were dismissed by attorneys on one side or the other because of stated bias, such as a bias against big-figure lawsuits or a bias against Michael Jackson and his family.

The civil lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson claims that AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray as Jackson’s physician without first checking his credentials. AEG is the company that promoted Jackson’s “This is It” concert.

Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. Also on Monday, Dr. Murray’s attorney filed an appeal of his conviction.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

A likely focus in the civil case brought by Katherine Jackson will be Michael Jackson’s possible role in his own death — the media have reported that Jackson demanded medications from Dr. Murray. The case will also look at Jackson’s financial woes.

Murray himself was also apparently having financial problems. AEG offered him $15,000 a month to serve as Michael Jackson’s doctor during the “This is It” concert.

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