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Jacksons v AEG will not be televised

By | Published on Tuesday 9 April 2013

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The upcoming Jacksons v AEG Live trial will not be televised, it has been confirmed. The judge overseeing the legal battle between the Jackson family and the promoters of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated ‘This Is It’ project has never been keen on the idea of having the civil case screened on the news networks, though as jury selection began last week CNN and NBC had one last try at changing her mind. And the Jackson family, for their part, supported the call. AEG’s legal reps, however, did not, arguing that the presence of TV cameras would make the court case even more of a media circus.

As much previously reported, the Jacksons claim that AEG should be held liable for the late king of pop’s demise, because it hired Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted for causing the singer’s death through negligent treatment. AEG counters that, while it may have paid Murray’s bills, the doctor was appointed and managed by Jackson himself. The court battle is expected to last at least two months, with the Jackson side in particular expected to call an array of celebrity witnesses to the stand, alongside many of the late singer’s siblings and his three children.

Judge Yvette Palazuelos gave now explanation for her decision to keep the TV cameras out of her courtroom yesterday.