Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jackson-AEG: Trial hasn't started, but lawyers are already fighting

The legal showdown between Michael Jackson’s family and AEG has yet to begin, but sparks are already flying between attorneys.
For more than a week, jurors have been brought into Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos’ courtroom in groups of 35 and asked whether they had the ability to serve on a trial that is estimated to take as long as four months
On Wednesday, after Palazuelos mentioned the court could schedule a couple days off to accommodate jurors during the trial, attorney Brian Panish objected to prolonging proceedings in any way.
“I don’t have 1,000-plus lawyers in my law firm and I don’t have 20 lawyers working on this case,” said Panish, who represents Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and the pop star's three children.
The four filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray,  who gave the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. The family alleges that the entertainment firm pushed the singer to go forward with a comeback tour even though he was physically incapable of handling it.
AEG, an entertainment giant and a major player in Los Angeles, alleges that Jackson was an eccentric who shopped for doctors and demanded that Murray be brought on board for the tour.
Jackson died two weeks before a planned series of comeback concerts promoted by AEG Live. The tour was to open in London.
Panish accused AEG’s attorneys of dragging the case out and filing unnecessary motions that forced him to seek additional time to write responses.
Palazuelos said she believed the trial could be whittled down to 60 days if both sides cut down their lengthy witness lists, which total more than 200 names, including Prince, Diana Ross, Spike Lee and Lisa Marie Presley.
At one point, the discussion became heated with attorneys speaking over one another. Panish said he had made efforts to be civil but that the defense was wasting court resources by turning everything into “World War III.”
“Is that part of your civility?” AEG’s attorney Marvin Putnam asked.
“Excuse me?” replied Panish, quickly adding, “You’re the most uncivil lawyer I’ve ever practiced against.”
“Are we really going to do this, your honor?” Putnam asked Palazuelos.
“C’mon,” said Panish. “Bring it on.”
A pool of potential jurors who have demonstrated that serving on the trial would not cause them hardship is scheduled to be questioned starting Monday.

Michael Jackson: Innocent

Michael Jackson: Innocent

Book 1

28 February

Purpose of this Book
Structure of this Book
Names Mentioned in Opening Statements
The Verdict – 13 June 2005
-The Prosecution’s Chronology
-The Defence’s Chronology
Documentaries Mentioned
Venues Mentioned in the Opening Statements
Statements / Press releases
-6 February 2003
-6 February 2003
-12 February 2003
-18 November 2003
-18 December 2003
-19 August 2004
-13 January 2005
-30 January 2005
Department of Children & Family Services
The Felony Complaint
Important Differences between the Felony Complaint and the Indictment
Dates of Alleged Molestation
How Many Times?
Abduction, False Imprisonment and Extortion
FBI Files Released 2009
-Files Released
-Who are the FBI?
Day One – 28 February 2005
Chapter 1: The Indictment
Chapter 2: Judge’s Directions to the Jury
Chapter 3: The Prosecution’s Opening Statement
Mother in LA / Children at Neverland
The Bizarre Event
Bashir Documentary: Dialogue
Arvizo Family
Gavin’s Recovery
How Gavin Met Michael Jackson
Arvizos at Neverland
Michael Jackson Slept on the Floor
Timing of the Allegations
Public and Private Life
Neverland Ranch
Sneddon’s Explanation
Two-Storey Bedroom Suite
Alcohol Allegations
Star Arvizo
Prosecution Case – Star Arvizo
Dr Stanley Katz
Mr Feldman
Prosecution Case – Gavin Arvizo
Timing Revisited
Count 1
Marc Schaffel
Ronald Konitzer and Dieter Weizner
Frank Cascio / Tyson
Vinnie Amen / Black
Bashir Documentary
Miami, Florida
Chartered Flight
Back at Neverland
Prosecution Case – Janet Arvizo
Arvizos Leave Neverland
Janet Arvizo Leaves Neverland
Rebuttal Video – 19/20 February 2003
Department of Children & Family Services Interview – 20 February 2003
At the Calabasas Inn, Preparations for the Brazil Trip – 25 February to 2 March 2003
Back at Neverland – 2 March 2003
Janet Arvizo Leaves Neverland – 10 March 2003
The Arvizo Children Leave Neverland – 12 March 2003
Chapter 4: Author’s Comments 
Was This a Joke?
Alleged Co-conspirators
Department of Children & Family Services Interview – 20 February 2003
How Many Incidents?
What Star Saw
Missing Allegations or Details
Janet Arvizo’s Absences
Failure to Seek Help
Financial Issue
Father Figure
Why Neverland?
Toy Rooms
The Size of the Arvizo Boys
Layout: Michael Jackson’s Two-Storey Bedroom Suite
Evidence of Employees
Dr Katz
The Mother’s Credibility
Watching the Bashir Documentary
Sexually Explicit Magazines
The Urine Test – 10 February 2003
Timing of Search and Arrest Warrants
Prosecution Case: Unbiased Investigation or Assumption?
Chapter 5: Part 1 – The Defence’s Opening Statement
Organised Format
Who is Michael Jackson?
Neverland Ranch
How Michael Jackson Met the Arvizo Family
Michael Jackson’s Personality
How Michael Jackson Helped Gavin Arvizo
Trap / Credibility
False Imprisonment
A Period of Scrutiny
Bashir Documentary
Rebuttal Video
End of Day 1
What Next? 
Day Two – 1 March 2005
Important Matters
Special Thanks and Acknowledgements
Sources, Links and Other Information
Transcripts / Books / Articles
Documentaries / Television Shows / DVDs
Websites of Interest
The Cadeflaw Campaign
The Invincible Campaign
Lynton Guest on the Invincible Campaign
Invincible Campaign Petition
Copyright of the Author: D Francis and DF Books Limited
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