It’s another sad week for Michael Jackson’s family.
The late King of Pop may have been gone for over four years at this point, but his family’s wrongful death suits against those allegedly culpable in the star’s untimely demise have been opening up some fresh wounds.
The Jacksons family received a devastating blow on Wednesday when an L.A. jury found that concert promoter AEG Live was not responsible for the singer’s death, despite hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered a fatal overdose to the star.
KTLA reports that Michael’s family had initially sued AEG for $290 million in damages in addition to $1 billion in economic damages, none of which will be paid, thanks to the jury’s finding.
Marvin Putnam, lead trial counsel for the concert promoter, says of the singer’s death, “[it] was a terrible tragedy, [but] was not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making.”
Jurors explained their reasoning for the verdict to the L.A. Times, saying that they distanced their personal feelings about his ethics from their understanding of his ability to practice medicine.
"Murray was fit and competent for the job he was hired for... Michael Jackson thought he was competent enough," explains juror Kevin Smith.
Adds jury foreman Gregg Barden, “Conrad Murray had a license; he graduated from an accredited college. It doesn't mean we thought he was ethical."
Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson in 2011 and is scheduled to be released from prison later this month.