Michael Jackson’s Father Drops Wrongful Death Claim against Conrad Murray

Surprisingly, the father of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had eventually dropped his wrongful death claim against the decedent’s former physician, Conrad Murray.

Joe Jackson, who once had been persuasive in battling in court over the untimely death of his son, recently dropped the lawsuit against the defendant Murray

According to reports, court documents proved that Joe’s request for dismissal was granted last August 13. Joe’s reason for dropping the case was not indicated in court filings; however, it was revealed that two legal representatives handling the case were previously ruled ineligible to practice law in California.

On Michael Jackson’s first death anniversary in June 2012, his family filed the wrongful death lawsuit alleging that Murray lied to paramedics and doctors about giving the King of Pop propofol, a substance used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia. The lawsuit further claimed that Murray failed to keep accurate medical records on Jackson.

Furthermore, the concert company AEG was also named in the lawsuit for allegedly being negligent in hiring Murray as Jackson’s personal physician.

The said lawsuit was initially refused to be heard by a federal judge, which was why it had to be transferred in a Los Angeles state court.

Meanwhile, although it was one less lawsuit to worry about for Murray, who remains in jail and currently appealing his case, Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson is still firm about pursuing the case.

Apparently, no one knows why Joe dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Murray, but the latter’s lawyer affirmed that the doctor did not pay the late singer’s father. It is not even certain whether Michael’s troubled relationship with his father during his lifetime has something to do with Joe’s previous decision of quitting in his claim.

Moving on, a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer speculated that probably, those two lawyers who were declared as ineligible to handle the said case were not bar certified for and in the State of California. Accordingly, in order to become a licensed attorney and be able to practice law in a particular state, one must first the pass the state’s bar exam.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Pasadena Police Involves Racial Discrimination

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parent of a slain student in Pasadena, a racial discrimination issue was involved.

Kenneth MacDade and Anya Slaughter filed a wrongful death claim against Pasadena police following the death of their son, Kendrec McDade, last March 24.

McDade was allegedly shot to death by the Pomana police after a report from the 911 caller, Oscar Carillo, saying that he was robbed by two armed men.

After receiving the call, the police immediately responded to the crime scene in their belief that McDade was really armed. Thus, upon spotting McDade in an alley, in one wrong move by McDade, he was shot by the arresting police officers multiple times in his chest.

Witnesses said McDade was trying to talk to the police while he was being handcuffed when he started to tremor. He was brought to the hospital but died afterwards. Apparently, it was too late when the police realized that McDade was not armed at all.

The police blamed Carillo for calling 911 and giving erroneous information. Therefore, the police, trying to cover up their wrongdoing, subsequently arrested Carillo, whom eventually admitted that he lied about the gun.

In their lawsuit, McDade’s parents claim that their son’s death was just a part of a pattern of abuse and killings of black people who go under police custody in the city.

The police officers named in the lawsuit are Phillip Sanchez, Keith Gomez, Jeffrey Newlen, and Matthew Griffin.

McDade’s father also claimed that obviously, he can no longer put his trust in the system that seems to not work for them.

Although McDade’s father is angry with Carillo for threading lies that led to his son’s death, he is more than disappointed with the police since they were the ones who shot his son, and not Carillo.

At present, no comment has been released by the city attorneys since they haven’t seen the lawsuit, according to Pasadena spokesperson Tim McGillivray.

Definitely, the defendants would go to great extent to cover up their wrongdoing. Therefore, McDade’s family must seek for an attorney, like a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer, to guide them in this difficult process of litigation and somehow ease their emotional burden brought by the loss of their loved one.

Families of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Victims to Receive $8M from a State University

A jury ruled on Wednesday that families of the victims from the 2007 fatal shooting in Virginia Tech will receive $8 Million from the said state university.

The lawsuit was filed by the respective families of two killed students of Virginia Tech, Erin Paterson and Julia Pryde, for the university’s alleged failure to notify students about the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, who was on the loose at the university.

The April 16, 2007 massacre actually started in a dormitory where two students were shot and killed. Despite having been informed about the incident, the school officials failed to notify and alert the students about the foregoing disturbance.

At a later time, Cho shot and killed thirty more students before pointing the gun on and killing himself. Peterson and Pryde were among the 32 people killed in the grisly campus massacre.

Virginia Tech’s lawyer for wrongful death claimed affirmed that the university officials did not alert the students since they believed that it was just an isolated incident.

Said shooting was said to be the most fatal shooting not only in the university’s history, but in the entire US history as well.

In their lawsuit, the victims’ families claimed that the university’s failure to warn the students about the prior killing of two students led to the wrongful death of more innocent students. Meanwhile, the university, through its representative, said that there was no sufficient evidence for the plaintiffs’ allegations.

In the last hearing, jurors took three hours before deciding on the victims’ families’ favor, according to a news report. Both families will receive $4 million each.

Recently, a motion to reduce the lawsuit award has been filed by Virginia Tech’s lawyer and quoted a state law that covers jury awards at $100,000.

In such wrongful death claim, defendants will definitely seek for ways to be free from liabilities and claims filed against them by the victim’s family. Therefore, families must really have the best representation lawyer to pursue the case like a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer whom can guide victims’ families in the long process of litigation to somehow ease their burden.

Is Michael Jackson’s Wrongful Death Finally Justified After Conrad Murray’s 4-Year Jail Sentence?

Conrad Murray

The four-year prison sentence of Michael Jackson’s personal physician seems to be too short as a sanction for the celebrity’s wrongful death. Nonetheless, four year period is the maximum jail sentence allowed under the law in relation to Jackson’s death.

The said jail sentence was delivered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. Judge Pastor has said that he had hard time on determining the proper sentence for Murray using his sense of decency and fairness.

Jackson’s family seems satisfied with the Judge’s resolution last Tuesday ignoring the pleas for leniency of the defense.

Convicts with good behavior may lessen the actual time served to two years. However, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore, Murray is neither eligible for early release nor for electronic monitoring or house arrest, that some county prisoners receive under a federal court order that aims to avoid jail overcrowding since Murray does not meet their requirements for any kind of consideration.

Though four years is quite a while, with that sentence, Murray is more likely to suffer for the rest of his life due to the loss of his chosen career and bad effect of the conviction.

Murray’s defense lawyer explained that after the conviction, in whatever career Murray might choose, whether he is a barista or salesperson, he would still be the man that killed Michael Jackson for the rest of his life.

After his conviction and until present Murray still keep on saying he is not guilty for any wrongdoing.

According to court papers, for two months Murray is giving Jackson profofol each night to put Jackson to sleep in a reckless and improper manner until Jackson died on June 25, 2009. Propofol is commonly used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia.

In a court statements read by a lawyer, the Jackson’s family has said that they were not seeking revenge but just want a sentence that would serve as a reminder to all physicians that they cannot render their services without upholding their Hippocratic Oath.

Apparently, Jackson’s family is pretty much pleased with Murray’s sentence based on their statements. As for Murray, it’s not the duration of the sentence that matters but the bad impression of the people as well as the huge effect of the conviction into his entire life would definitely make him feel miserable.

This is just of one of the thousands of cases the proved that Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers are indeed the perfect choice to prosecute a wrongful death claim. It’s a job well done.