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Jackson's last months to unfold in court

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LOS ANGELES -- The most complete account of Michael Jackson's final months is about to unfold in a cramped Los Angeles courtroom nearly four years after the pop superstar's death.

Lawyers for Jackson's mother will attempt to convince a jury the company promoting Jackson's 2009 comeback concerts is responsible for his untimely death.

The attorneys will try to prove AEG Live hired and controlled the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter over Jackson's demise.

AEG Live denies any wrongdoing and contests they hired the physician who for months was giving Jackson doses of a powerful anesthetic in the singer's bedroom to help him sleep.

Opening statements today will provide a road map for a case that will delve into Jackson's addiction struggles and issues previously unexplored in court.

Many of those in the singer's orbit -- family, famous friends, doctors and his teenage children -- may testify during the months-long trial.

Some of the stars listed on the witness list include Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Lou Ferrigno and Spike Lee. Both of Jackson's ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, are also listed as potential witnesses.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 29, 2013 D2

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