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Conrad Murray to Plead the Fifth at Jackson Trial

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Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray will plead the Fifth at Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Although the shamed doctor has been called to take the stand at Michael's mother Katherine's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Conrad to care for Michael - he will not answer questions because the responses could affect his appeal, according to TMZ.

The medic has already served a year and a half in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, but his lawyer Valerie Wass is set to file documents arguing she is appealing his conviction and whatever he says in Katherine's lawsuit could be used against him.

Michael's son, Prince Michael, is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter. "Prince absolutely plans on testifying," a source previously said.


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Michael Jackson’s Son to Testify in Wrongful Death Case

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Rumors,

Prince JacksonMichael Jackson's son will testify at his wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Prince Jackson will take the stand in his grandmother Katherine Jackson's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the late King of Pop - and is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter.

"Prince absolutely plans on testifying. Prince very much wants to take the stand and plans to tell jurors about specific conversations he had with his father about AEG. Prince will also testify about the fateful day his father died, as he was an eyewitness to the efforts that were made to save his life," a source said.

In the lawsuit, Katherine, 82, contends that AEG Live - which was behind the late singer's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London - were responsible for Dr. Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, and failed to properly vet the physician before hiring him. The "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by Murray.

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Katherine Jackson’s Lawsuit to Go to Trial

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Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live will go to trial.

Katherine wants the concert promoter to face action as she says they were responsible for hiring Doctor Conrad Murray to care for her son Michael Jackson prior to his death from acute Propofol intoxication in 2009.

And while Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed all but one claim in Katherine's lawsuit, her allegation AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Murray while he cared for her son will go to trial. The ruling dismissed claims AEG could be held liable for Murray's conduct and breached its duty to properly care for the pop superstar.

The trial will start on April 2.

AEG Live was promoting Michael's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London, but the "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009, aged 50, while in final preparations for the shows after Murray administered a lethal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol in Michael's bedroom.


Michael Jackson’s Burial Delayed by Money Row

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Michael Jackson's funeral

Michael Jackson's burial was delayed for three months in a row over money. The "Thriller" singer died in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but wasn't laid to rest in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles until September 3 because his sister Janet Jackson paid a $40,000 deposit to secure the spot but wouldn't let the burial go ahead until she was paid back.

In his new book Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, author Randall Sullivan writes, "Michael's burial had been delayed by wrangling between Janet and the estate, on the one hand and Janet and her family on the other hand. As the only living Jackson with money of her own, Janet had put up the $40,000 deposit at Forest Lawn to secure the burial spot for Michael in the marble Sanctuary of the Ascension. She had refused to let the funeral take place until the money was repaid."

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Conrad Murray Writing a Michael Jackson Book

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Conrad MurrayDr. Conrad Murray is writing a "tell-all" book about Michael Jackson.

The disgraced physician - who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop - is reportedly penning a memoir about his work for the singer, with friends claiming the "Thriller" hitmaker confided his "inner-most secrets" to him.

"Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson's life. Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael. Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael's kids viewed him as a family member and loved him," a source close to Murray said.

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Michael Jackson Needed a ‘Psychiatric Intervention’

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Kenny Ortega and Michael JacksonMichael Jackson's This Is It show director called for a "psychiatric intervention" before he died.

Kenny Ortega - who had known Michael for over 20 years before his death from a Propofol overdose in June 2009 - emailed tour promoters AEG voicing his concerns about the singer's "paranoia, anxiety and obsessive behavior," but was ignored.

In emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Kenny wrote to Randy Phillips, the chief executive of concert division AEG Live, "here are strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior. I think the best thing we can do is to get a top Psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP. It is like there are two people in there. One [deep inside] trying to hold on to what he was and still can be and not wanting us to quit on him, the other in this weakened and troubled state. I believe we need professional guidance in this matter."

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Joe Jackson Drops Suit Against Conrad Murray

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Conrad MurrayMichael Jackson's father has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Joe Jackson filed a request with a Los Angeles court asking for his 2010 suit against the doctor - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop in November 2011 - to be dismissed without prejudice. In the suit, Joe had alleged Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and emergency room staff who tried to save Michael's life on the day he died in June 2009.

Joe claimed Murray wrongfully provided the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and a "polypharmacy" of other drugs to his son just before he died and alleged the doctor asked a security guard to clean the room in which Michael died of medication before police arrived at the Los Angeles mansion.

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Katherine Jackson Refuses to Speak to Her Kids

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Katherine Jackson

Katherine Jackson isn't talking to three of her children.

The showbiz matriarch - who temporarily lost custody of late son Michael's kids Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, when she made an unexpected trip to a spa in Arizona - is unwilling to meet with Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson because she believes they misled her and didn't tell her that her grandchildren had been trying to contact her during her stint away from California. The siblings are reportedly banned from entering the home in Calabasas where Katherine lives with her grandchildren because they are at war with the executors of Michael's estate - which pays for the property - but their mother is said to be "heartbroken" over their recent behavior and doesn't want to see them.

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Diana Ross is Willing to Take on Jackson Children

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Diana RossDiana Ross is willing to take over guardianship of Michael Jackson's children.

The Motown legend was named as a back-up guardian for Prince Michael, Paris and "Blanket" in their late father's will, and although they are now under the shared custody of their grandmother Katherine and cousin Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson, she has made it clear she will step in and care for her godchildren if needed.

"For the first time, Ross said she was willing to step in 'if needed.' She had never spoken like that before. Whether she wanted to be listed as guardian or not, she's not going to abdicate any authority," a family member who was present during Diana's recent visit to see the kids told The New York Post.

After the recent drama of Katherine losing and then regaining guardianship, Diana wanted to make sure the children were fine and traveled to see them in person in Calabasas, California. "[After Michael's death in 2009, Diana would phone the kids to see] if they needed advice or anything else. But last week, she wanted to meet with the children in person to make sure she heard all the right things. Things you can't easily detect on the telephone, like body language," she added.

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Jacksons to File Guardian Plea Today

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Prince, Blanket, and Paris JacksonKatherine and Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson will file their plea for co-guardianship of Michael Jackson's children today.

Michael's mother and nephew are planning to share custody of Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14 and 10-year-old Blanket after Katherine was stripped of her rights with temporary control given to TJ, and they plan to begin court proceedings tomorrow.

According to RadarOnline, Katherine's lawyer Perry Sanders said in a statement, "Before 10 this morning, Charles Shultz (TJ Jackson's lawyer) will give notice to interested persons that we intend to file a pleading tomorrow regarding co-guardianship. The pleading will speak for itself and be consistent with my prior statement issued on this subject. Tomorrow we will learn the court's pleasure on when and how [the judge] chooses to handle the request being made tomorrow. No further statements will be made regarding this pleading until subsequent to us learning how the Court wishes to proceed."

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