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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Lawsuit: What If It Was Joe Smith?

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If it was Joe Smith, the trial would've been a few weeks, but it's not, so it isn't. The case of the family of Michael Jackson versus entertainment giant AEG is now in it's fourth month in a stifling, uncomfortable, crowded courtroom in downtown Los Angeles. Mrs. Katherine Jackson, the family matriarch, sits quietly in the front row, with occasional visits from members of the extended Jackson clan.  Her security person slash driver sits quietly behind her. A few fans make it into the public courtroom on a lottery each day. It's quite a little drama going on there.. in fact not so little with perhaps a billion dollars at stake. 

The issue, in a nutshell, is who is responsible bringing Dr Conrad Murray into the picture, Michael, or AEG.   Murray of course is now sitting in prison serving four years for Involuntary Manslaughter for giving Jackson was proved to be a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic Propofol back in June of 09. The family, not that they need the money, but of course in  a search for 'justice'' decided to sue AEG since they have the proverbial ''deep pockets' and Dr Murray doesn't have two cents. So the issue is, who actually ''hired'' Murray. Yes Michael knew him and wanted him, but AEG negotiated with him and prepared the contracts ( that were never completed) for 150K a month.  That's a lot.  AEG says he was Jackson's responsibility, Jackson's people say a ''responsible'' producer should've vetted and supervised Dr Murray and that AEG didn't do that.

The jurors seem quite attentive, more so than some of the reporters in the audience.  Today veteran Director Kenny Ortega finished up his testimony, saying yes, he was alarmed at how Jackson was ''deteriorating'' , that he recommended AEG bring in outside medical experts and a psychiatrist, but that never happened.  A few days after that MJ was dead. Now we're looking at this going into September, we'll hear from Debbie Rowe, mother of two of MJ"s three children All of this seems unnecessary if we're just trying to determine who actually ''hired'' the Doc but again, this isn't' Joe Smith so it's taking a while. 

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