After five months of testimony that exposed many secrets of Michael Jackson?s personal life, jurors started deliberations Thursday to decide whether concert promoter AEG Live should be held liable for the King of Pop?s bizarre overdose death.
Ten deputies were sworn in to escort the jury of six men and six women around the Los Angeles courthouse during their partial sequestration with catered lunches.
A lawyer for Katherine Jackson had the last word in her billion-dollar wrongful death case earlier Thursday and portrayed AEG as a callous corporation that refuses to accept any responsibility for the alleged negligent hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray.
Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist, is now serving four years behind bars after a different Los Angeles jury found him criminally responsible for giving Michael the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol that killed him in June 2009.
?How dare (AEG) come up here and accept no responsibility,? Katherine?s lawyer Brian Panish fumed in his two-hour rebuttal after AEG?s final presentation Wednesday.
?Michael paid the ultimate price. He?s not here,? Panish said. ?Sure he took propofol, but remember, every time he took propofol, he didn?t die until one thing happened: an unfit, incompetent doctor in a conflict of interest situation did it in an inappropriate setting.? (NYDAILY)