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Verdict reached. Jury found AEG not liable. Jury voted yes to question 1 "Did AEG Live hire Murray?". Jury voted no to question 2 "Was Murray unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired?". Jury found that AEG hired Dr. Murray but that the doctor was not unfit or incompetent for the job he was hired to do.
Jury foreman explained jury's reasoning as follows
The jury foreman just explained the logic behind the verdict. They felt Murray was competent to do the job for which he was hired -- to be a good general practitioner. Jurors felt Murray had gone to a good school and was qualified. The juror added, "That doesn't mean we felt he was ethical. Had that question been in there, it could have been a different outcome.
Jury worked from 9:36 am until 12:03 pm without break. Almost 2h30. Jurors back in deliberating. They started at 1:23 pm PT. At 1:49 pm PT, two very distinct buzzes were heard in the courtroom. Jurors indicated they had reached a verdict. TOTAL DELIBERATION: 13 hours and 44 minutes . Today was Day 4 of deliberation, Day 90 of trial.
Jurors have began day 3 of deliberations. Deliberation today was from 9:45 am until 11:30 am, took unch break, deliberated between 1:04 - 3:00 PM. Took another break. They started at 3:22 pm PT. Not one question/request today. Jury has gone home for the day!!! So far, they have deliberated for 10 hours and 32 minutes. They return tomorrow at 9:30 am PT.
The jurors started working at 9:30 am PT today.
This morning the jurors buzzed once asking for a Coke. Then they had another note, asking for 8 legal pads for writing and a ruler.
Jury has gone home for the day. NO VERDICT yet. They deliberated for 4 hours and a half today. Total of 6 and a half hours so far. One of the jurors requested next Monday off. So deliberation resumes on Tuesday at 9:30 am PT.
Jury chose the presiding juror and sent Note 1.
At 3:05 pm PT , jurors sent Note 1 asking:
- 12 copies of the jury instruction
- A large supply of post it notes
- 12 highlighters
- 12 red pens
- 12 black pens
- video player
- This Is It documentary
- 12 copies independent contractor agreement
Jury has left for the day. They deliberated for 2 hours today. They are back tomorrow morning for full day of deliberations.
Trial Testimony Summary
Jackson vs. AEG Live Final Jury Instructions
Jackson vs. AEG Live Verdict form (as reported by CNN)
Jurors will have a verdict form with 16 questions to answer during their deliberations. A "no" answer to any of the first five would end their deliberations and the trial immediately.
Question No. 1
Did AEG Live hire Murray?
Yes / No
If you answered Yes then answer question 2. If you answered No stop here answer no further questions.
Question No. 2
Was Murray unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired?
Yes / No
If you answered Yes then answer question 3. If you answered No stop here answer no further questions.
Question No. 3
Did AEG Live know or should it have known that Murray was unfit or incompetent and that this unfitness or incompetence created a particular risk to others?
Yes / No
If you answered Yes then answer question 4. If you answered No stop here answer no further questions.
Question No. 4
Did Murray's unfitness or incompetence harm Michael Jackson and the Jackson plaintiffs?
Yes / No
If you answered Yes then answer question 5. If you answered No stop here answer no further questions.
Question No. 5
Was AEG Live's negligence in hiring, supervising or retaining Murray a substantial factor in causing Michael Jackson and the Jackson plaintiffs' harm?
Yes / No
If you answered Yes then the remaining questions. If you answered No stop here answer no further questions.
Questions No. 6-13
If jurors get to question six, it means they've decided AEG Live is liable in Jackson's death. The next eight questions would decide a dollar figure for the economic and noneconomic damages suffered by his mother and children.
Questions No. 14-16
The amount of damages calculated by the jury could be significantly reduced when they reach the last three questions on their verdict form. These ask them to decide how much, if any, Michael Jackson's own negligence was a factor in his death.