We lost one of the worlds greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michaels tragic death. Jurors deliberated for almost three days before reaching the verdict. On Friday, the day deliberations began, the jurors asked for a DVD player and 12 copies of the 2009 documentary, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” which documents the singer’s preparation for the London tour he was planning at the time of his death. They also asked for a copy of the contract between AEG Live and Murray. The often-dramatic five-month trial included dozens of witnesses including the singer’s emotional mother declaring that her son was “not a freak” and revealed even more details about Michael Jackson’s troubled life. “They watched him waste away,” the 83-year-old matriarch testified. “They could have called me. He was asking for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared.” Jackson died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, weeks before the start of the planned 50-date “This Is It” tour. His two eldest children testified at the trial, 16-year-old Michael Jackson Jr., known as “Prince,” who spoke about his relationship with his dad and the harrowing day he lost his father; and his sister, Paris, 15, who offered videotaped testimony. During closing arguments, Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told jurors that in addition to economic damages, AEG should pay personal damages of $85 million to each of Jacksons three children and $35 million to the singer’s mother. Although he didn’t suggest a specific amount for economic damages, Panish asked the jurors to remember that an expert witness testified that the King of Pop would have earned $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion from new music, tours, endorsements and a Las Vegas show he was considering if he had lived. Were not looking for sympathy, Panish said. Were looking for justice, full and complete. But in his closing argument, Putman denied that the concert promoter hired Murray and said AEG Live never had a contract with him and had no idea that Murray was giving Jackson the propofol that killed the star. It was Murray’s job to oversee Jackson throughout his rehearsals and the tenure of his “This Is It” London tour.
Concert to kick off St. Thomas fund drive
The Pilcher organ at St. Thomas has been an integral part of Thomasvilles cultural scene for more than 85 years. It is presently described as a very sick old lady on life support and needs community help to restore it to its rightful glorious state. The Rev. Judith Jones-Keith, Rector, has appointed former Metropolitan Opera Chorus Master and present Artistic Director of Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe Raymond Hughes to oversee the organ renovation project in collaboration with Schlueter Organ Builders of Atlanta. The Oct. 13 concert includes Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, with Hughes at the harpsichord; John Rutters Suite Antique, which will feature Dr. Barton on the flute along with harpsichord and strings; and Bachs pyrotechnically virtuosic Cantata #51 for solo soprano, trumpet, and strings, featuring Thorngren and trumpeter Christopher Moore. Thorngrens career has included engagements for opera and concerts on four continents. She was featured twice on Live from Lincoln Center television broadcasts and has performed at both New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. She collaborated with Raymond Hughes, William Fred Scott and Norman Dunfee at the January 2006 Lawson Neel Medbank Benefit Concert at the Center for the Arts. Dr. Barton earned his doctorate in flute performance at Florida State University, joined the faculty at Thomas University in 1996 and regularly appears in community concerts as a flutist and director of the TU Jazz Ensemble.
Markets closed Concert Promoter Found Not Liable In Michael Jackson’s 2009 Death By Paul Szoldra | Business Insider 4 hours ago 0 Phil Walter/Getty Images The jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial has found concert promoter AEG Live not liable in the hiring of a doctor caring for the pop star at the time of his 2009 death. The trial stemmed from a lawsuit against AEG filed by Jackson’s family in 2010, accusing the company of negligence in their employment of Dr. Conrad Murray Jackson’s personal physician who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol days before a comeback tour put on and promoted by AEG. The lawsuit contended that AEG pushed the doctor to get Jackson ready for the tour even though his health was failing. From ABC7: The Jackson attorneys assert that AEG created a conflict of interest for Murray and that they should have looked further into the doctor’s financial background to find out he was in debt. [Murray lawyer Valerie] Wass rejects that reasoning. “What is the difference if you and I go into a doctor, and a doctor is having financial problems and the doctor recommends surgery? Should we question it because the doctor is having financial difficulties? We wouldn’t know that,” said Wass. A major piece of evidence in the trial was an email sent by AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware less than two weeks before Jackson’s death , according to CNN. It read: “We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him.” Jurors did find that AEG hired Dr.