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They haven't seen that video and almost four years still really powerful and today the start of the legal battle over those rehearsals.
And whether they contributed to Michael Jackson's death.
Trace Gallagher live in Los Angeles with a preview of the wrongful death lawsuit.
Brought by Jackson's family.
Right Michael Jackson's mother and kids claimed that eight EG the company that was behind Michael Jackson's comeback tour called this is it is liable for his -- because it was AEG that hired Doctor Conrad Murray of course we all know that Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Michael Jackson a surgical anesthetic called Propofol to help him -- AEG claims the Doctor Murray was hired by Michael Jackson not -- but a key piece of evidence.
At the trial will be this email set by an eight EG executive when Jackson did not show up -- personally it reads and I'm quoting here.
We want to remind Murray.
That it is eight.
MJ who is paying his salary we want to remind him what is expected of him now -- EG says it will present evidence from Michael Jackson's molestation trial saying.
It's relevant but 'cause that's when Jackson's drug use -- they also plan to present evidence of Michael Jackson's erratic -- remember this.
When he came to court and those blue pajamas.
And there was one point we're actually got up on top of the car and began dancing that's the kind of stuff they plan to show the lawsuit is seeking a judgment meant to equal.
The money Jackson would have earned -- Through the remainder of his life it could be billions of dollars Jackson's mom and kids will also testify the jury selection Megan's gonna take.
Probably about two weeks and the judge said today that she will rule.
On whether cameras will be allowed in court.
Before opening arguments begin.
Those children have gotten so much older by the way trees I remember you were there you were there when he -- out on top of that that car.
At his last trap of ever watching you from the DC bureau at the time bizarre -- crazy game with a -- with the job was -- we're all of that you were witness.
That's where we all thinks your cameras okay and -- which brings us today's Kelly's court joining me now mark backlash -- -- former prosecutor defense attorney David Wohl also a defense attorney.
And so they want.
Billy I mean tens of billions of dollars.
David I'll start with you on this from this company that that hired Doctor Murray okay I get that but.
That the companies saying.
Michael Jackson had something to do with his own behavior.
And making a -- just brought this point about Michael's long history of drug abuse and they're gonna bring in the evidence up from the Santa Maria trial the -- station trial.
And that really could backfire because this is all the more reason.
-- EG have to do with the moral background check and Doctor Murray checked into is is out of control debt that was big issue.
And knowing that that Michael Jackson had history of doctors.
More like -- doctors who were inappropriately in administering medication so.
Think you hired to work and Michael Jackson's doctor unless -- had a flight in history I mean how does the whole point.
In in finding a doctor from Michael Jackson with the find somebody who would give him what he wanted.
And I don't know if you blame that on this company marker if you blame that on Michael Jackson.
Well -- age she's blaming it on both Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson the Jackson was a troubled adult and he was hell bent on getting.
Whatever he wanted to get and Conrad Murray one thing we know from his trial.
He was a reputable doctor.
Many people were paraded in in front of the jury to say how he saved their lives.
So unassuming AEG hired him and maybe an assumption is -- based and -- email but in spite -- that he and others saying we -- hire him Jackson did he -- -- he directed him but assuming Jackson wasn't the one who hired -- -- eighty -- did they did a good job in vetting this doctor because he was a well known respected doctor.
And they had no idea executives did that he was going to be administering Propofol.
That powerful anesthetic in a house said.
Well we don't know about that we don't know whether they did they got they did not the judge found that there was enough evidence on this for a jury to hear the case David.
And now if they can prove -- -- did AG did hire Doctor Murray.
And did so knowing that he might be a little loose with the -- Propofol or at least later found out or had reasons how badly right or did and they are on them.
Didn't monitor exactly it's called respond -- -- the the -- -- -- period the employer is responsible for the employee -- actions and making the biggest thing here to may be.
Jury selection which is going on right now because Megan.
That will encompass this community -- Los Angeles where there is still tremendous respect and admiration for Michael Jackson and that.
Get abetting this jury and getting a jury that won't base their verdict on emotion is gonna be a huge uphill -- for the defense now what you're right it will come down to the plug and make it may -- that.
And AG were balls.
Sort of a landmark respond to that right after the break and I -- want to talk about now the fact that they say they're going to call Michael's children.
To testify in this case is that a good idea.
So before we get to the children mark -- askew because that the eight EG is saying look we paid and we cut the checks for Doctor Murray but it was Michael Jackson who had -- -- as -- doctor for four years he we found out later was also paying him and he was the one who was in control of this doctor does it make them.
-- just because they also cut checks to doctor -- I don't think necessarily at -- liable understand that they're not -- -- our camera guy or make up artist this is a doctor.
And they should not be involved because a -- -- laws in the secret relationship between -- op patient and -- doctor.
And also it is completely unreasonable to expect a production company to somehow.
This doctor is going to act in the reckless manner in which he did.
Michael Jackson is showing up we saw from those videotapes that he was still performing Yemen where -- officials there were issues of how he was the other issues where -- -- this doctor.
I want an area is not what are you David because they claim that -- Jackson family claims they have a smoking gun email in which AEG.
Wrote to Doctor Murray and said we want to remind you that it's eight EG not Michael Jackson paying your salary.
And we want to remind doctor the Doctor Murray what is expected of him so if they can show heat that AG was controlling his doctor.
To some extent.
It'll help their case I guess.
Mean Megan and that's.
That type of control that only.
An employer can exert in that email is a smoking gun if there ever was one but the kids Megan.
The kids are gonna justified because they wanted to introduce the defense did all the evidence of his drug use in the past the kids are gonna take the stand refute that.
And then they have these crying.
-- -- kids against big.
Evil corporate concert promoter it's trial practice I don't know anyone.
It's -- I ET Al I get those kids to take the stand but the Jackson family's ready to put him up there especially the two older ones mark go forth.
I would I would -- -- jury selection if that would affect jurors -- opening statement I'd say look what they're gonna do here folks.
It would blow open their face because they know -- coming in a no this is all about.
Pulling at their heart strings but it that doesn't make it irrelevant I mean to you soon Michael Jackson -- you Al oldest children talking about their dad losses and a better position and no.
How we -- still doesn't prove that they knew there was Propofol that room which is what killed and that's what -- the monitoring that's the only ask you let me know and data points up there and argue that he didn't they're gonna epic apparently testified he wasn't on drugs and so on -- Doctor Murray -- -- Well sure -- good look at that at least not serious hospital -- drugs.
Look at -- whole lot so there's still debating whether cameras are going to be allowed that ought to be interesting guys thank you will be read vacuuming and.
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