Jackson-AEG Trial Could Last Until Summer — Sara Welch reports
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Michael Jackson comeback tour would have raked billions of dollars.
That kind of money is now at stake as lawyers for Katherine Jackson and promoter AEG begin the process of picking a jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit.
Fans who are members of team Michael Jackson gathered among the slew of media outside L.A. Superior Court.
There has been no decision yet on whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.
AEG argued against it, saying it could interfere with the due process, while Jackson family attorneys welcomed televised coverage.
“I feel that’s very important so everyone knows what’s going on and not just someone’s opinion,” says Carolyn Owens, of The American Dream.
Jackson’s mother and his three children claim concert promoter AEG is liable in the pop stars death just before the singer’s “This Is It” comeback tour in 2009.
“It’s going to be a hard case for the Jacksons to prove,” says KTLA legal analyst Alison Triessl. She says there are two key factors in the case.
“The Jackson family has to establish that first of all that Dr. Murray was an employee of AEG and that’s going to be tough,” she explains.
“They are also going to show AEG was negligent when they hired him,” Triessl says.
AEG will likely make Jackson’s alleged addiction to prescription drugs front and center, and will contend it was Jackson employed Murray long before AEG came into the picture.
“AEG should really settle this case because regardless of whether they are right or wrong there is the Micheal Jackson factor which means a lot,” Triessl said.
“He is loved by people his children are expected to testify which would evoke so much emotion and sympathy from that jury.”
Conrad Murray, who is serving four years for manslaughter is pleading the 5th and will not testify.
It will likely be at least two weeks before teh 12 jurors and five alternates are selected and opening statements can begin.
The case could last five months, and we know that when it comes to Michael Jackson, anything can happen.