*An appellate court has refused to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson’s doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
A 2nd District Court of Appeal panel issued a brief ruling Thursday correcting clerical and grammatical errors in its opinion last month that denied Conrad Murray’s appeal. His lawyer asked for the corrections to prepare for filing a further appeal with the California Supreme Court.
The new document stated simply: “Appellant’s petition for rehearing is denied.”
*A French court has sided with five Michael Jackson fans who claimed they endured “emotional damage” after the artist’s untimely death. And they’ve been awarded a whopping sum of €1 ($1.36) for their troubles.
The AFP news agency reports that 34 fans had sued Conrad Murray, Jackson’s doctor, claiming they had emotional suffering after their hero’s accidental drug overdose in June 2009.
Murray was jailed in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the pop star and served two years of a four-year term for administering to Jackson a fatal dose of Propofol, an anesthetic drug.
The claimants — two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium — were members of the Michael Jackson Community fan club in France. Their lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said they’d proven their suffering “with the help of witness statements and medical certificates.” And the court in Orleans agreed.
*A California appeals court has shut down Dr. Conrad Murray’s contention that Michael Jackson killed himself by self-injecting that fatal dose of Propofol.
Murray had appealed his manslaughter conviction by trying to argue that Jackson administered Propofol to himself when Murray left the room and accidentally overdosed. But, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that Murray’s theory goes against the evidence.
*Michael Jackson’s estate executors have settled a $17.5 million lawsuit filed against top insurance company Lloyd’s of London after they refused to pay out following the King of Pop’s death.
The King of Pop’s reps took out a policy on the singer’s ill-fated “This Is It” concerts two months before his passing in June, 2009, and made a claim for compensation when the shows were scrapped after his death.
Lloyd’s of London originally issued the policy to cover potential losses for the London residency, but in 2011, the company asked a judge in Los Angeles to declare the documents null and void, claiming Jackson lied about his medical history and drug addiction.
*A judge issued a tentative ruling Friday against granting a new trial in the negligence case filed by Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine claiming concert promoter AIG was financially liable for her son’s death.
Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos did not immediately finalize the ruling after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers.
A jury in October rejected Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit claiming AEG Live LLC negligently hired the doctor convicted of giving her son an overdose of anesthetic in 2009.]
*Attorneys handling a wrongful death appeal by Michael Jackson’s former doctor have waived oral arguments in the case, court documents filed Tuesday show.
Defense lawyer Valerie Wass and Supervising Deputy Attorney General Victoria B. Wilson filed letters with the 2nd District Court of Appeal waiving the arguments in the case of Conrad Murray unless justices have specific questions.
The appeals court had set arguments for Jan. 9.