By Mirembe Martina
AEG Live was yesterday not found liable for Micheal Jackson’s death in the wrongful death lawsuit which the pop star’s family filed last year.
This is a massive victory for AEG which if it had been found liable would have had to pay a lot of money to the Jackson family. In a statement released immediately after the decision, AEG Live lead counsel Marvin Putnam of O’Melveny & Myers LLP said, “The jury’s decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start — that although Michael Jackson’s death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making … There was simply no evidence that anyone at AEG did anything wrong … Some people make the mistake of looking at AEG Live as an easy target due to their size and presence in Los Angeles. That’s a mistake.”
Although the decision was well received by AEG Live, the Jackson family estate will most certain appeal. The jury replied to whether Dr. Conrad Murray was unfit or incompetent to perform his duties question as no although it was the company which had hired him to work on Jackson during his last days.
Presiding Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos thanked the jurors “from the bottom of my heart” and referred to them as “model citizens” for their five months of service.
“We are evaluating everything at this time and will then decide,” Jackson attorney Brian Panish said following the verdict. “We are disappointed by the verdict but respect the jury system.”