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Jury Selection Complete in $40 Billion Michael Jackson Trial

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With the final selection of the jury, a wrongful death civil trial regarding the death of Michael Jackson will begin on Monday. Six men, six women, and six alternates were selected for the jury. The trial, expected to last as long as three months, results from a suit brought by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children asking for $40 billion in damages. The suit alleges that concert promoter AEG Live was negligent in providing Dr. Conrad Murray for Jackson during rehearsals for a 50-show tour. AEG Live denies responsibility for hiring Murray and state they could not have foreseen danger to Jackson resulting from Murray’s care.

Jackson died in 2009 after being given propofol, a surgical anesthetic administered by Murray for sleep problems. Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter; he launched an appeal of his conviction last Monday.

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