Published Oct 02, 2013Michael Jackson's family had been pursuing legal action against AEG Live, claiming that the concert promoter was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. Now, the verdict is in, and AEG has been found not guilty.
The case was launched by Michael's mother Katherine along with the superstar's three children, who claimed that AEG should have conducted a background check on Murray. The jury found that AEG did indeed hire the doctor, but ultimately decided that he was not unfit to treat the singer. The jury further agreed with AEG's claim that the company had no way of knowing about Jackson's drug problem.
Jury foreman Gregg Darden said [via Los Angeles Times], "We felt he [Murray] was competent. That doesn't mean we felt he was ethical. If ethical was in the question, it might have been a different outcome. In the end, he was very unethical. He did something he shouldn't have done."
In 2011, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He administered the powerful anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep and is currently in jail.