Judge Rejects Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Retrial

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Judge Rejects Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Retrial

Pop star's mother, Katherine Jackson, loses bid to try her case against AEG Live! again.

Published January 14, 2014

An L.A. Superior Court judge has denied Katherine Jackson the opportunity to re-try the wrongful death lawsuit she brought against concert promoter AEG Live! for alleged negligence in her son Michael Jackson's death.

According to Billboard, Judge Yvette Palazuelos delivered the rejection notice Monday (Jan. 13), despite Jackson and her lawyers presenting sworn statements from four of the 12 jurors who said that the verdict form, which they used to render their "not guilty" verdict last year, was misleading.

"After sitting through almost six months of the trial in this case, I believed that Mrs. Jackson had proven her case against AEG Live," one juror said, according to CNN. "Despite this fact, I had no way of voting in favor of the plaintiffs because of the way that the verdict form was worded."

In October, the 12 jurors declared AEG not guilty of negligently hiring and supervising Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for the pop star's death.

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 of a propofol overdose administered in his home, during the time he was prepping for his comeback tour, This Is It. AEG commissioned the tour.

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