Experts the focus of Jackson trial's 10th week

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm •  Published: July 6, 2013
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A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:

THE CASE

Jackson's mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson's planned comeback concerts didn't properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a criminal jury for Jackson's June 2009 death. AEG's attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson's decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK

— An addiction and pain management expert, Dr. Sidney Schnoll, told jurors that there was no evidence in Jackson's medical records he reviewed that the singer was addicted to prescription medications. He told the panel that with proper treatment, Jackson could have lived a long life and continued to perform.

— Jurors heard from a human resources expert, Jean Seawright, who said AEG Live should have performed a comprehensive background check on Murray before agreeing to allow him to work on the Jackson's tour. She said the former cardiologist's initial $5 million request, and his expected $150,000 a month payday, were red flags and more investigation was warranted.

WHAT THE JURY SAW

— A large, three-panel display of Jackson's history of medical treatments, including administrations of the anesthetic propofol dating back to 1997.

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