LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Attorneys representing Michael Jackson’s mother in her lawsuit against the promoters of the concert tour he was preparing for at the time of his 2009 death have obtained a court order directing the coroner’s office to provide copies of slides and X-rays regarding the late singer.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the order Tuesday during an unscheduled hearing, finding that there was good cause to grant the request. Katherine Jackson, 82, and her late son’s three children allege AEG Live negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for him. The singer was set to perform 50 shows in London for AEG Live, but died on June 25, 2009, of acute propofol intoxication in Los Angeles while rehearsing for the concert series.
The negligence suit was filed in September 2010 by Katherine Jackson on behalf of herself and grandchildren Michael Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine and Prince Michael.
The Jackson family matriarch’s attorney, Kevin Boyle, stated in his court papers that the items obtained will be helpful in preparing for trial in his clients’ case against AEG Live.
“These materials are undoubtedly relevant to this wrongful death case,” Boyle wrote. “The X-rays and slides will assist counsel and retained experts in presenting trial testimony and performing analyses relating to liability and causation.”
The analyses are necessary because AEG Live disagrees that negligence by Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, caused the pop star’s death and refuses to acknowledge that that the singer himself had no fault for bringing about his own death, according to Boyle’s court papers.
“Accordingly, these X-rays and slides may be used by (plaintiffs’) attorneys and shown to expert witnesses in their preparation of this case,” Boyle wrote.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and was sentenced in November 2011 to four years in the Los Angeles County men’s jail.
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