Wrongful death lawsuit over Jackson
Published 26/06/2010 | 10:56
Michael Jackson's father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged with giving the pop superstar a lethal dose of sedatives one year ago, accusing the Nevada doctor of negligence, secrecy and poor training.
Joe Jackson sued Dr Conrad Murray on the anniversary of Michael Jackson's death in federal court in Los Angeles.
The complaint, which seeks more than £50,000, accuses Dr Murray of professional negligence for providing the singer with a mix of sedatives - including the anaesthetic propofol - that authorities say killed him.
Propofol is normally administered only in hospital settings, but Dr Murray had been providing Jackson the drug in the bedroom of the singer's rented mansion in Los Angeles.
Joe Jackson contends the physician tried to conceal his administration of the drug after Jackson's death.
The lawsuit also names medical clinics that Murray operates in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Houston, claiming they did not properly train or supervise the doctor.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court because Dr Murray's clinics are in other states and the doctor lives in Nevada.
Dr Murray has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge filed in February. His lawyers have said that he did not give Jackson anything that "should have" killed him.
His civil attorney, Charles Peckham, repeated that assertion.
"We'd like to remind people that Dr Murray has not been found guilty of anything and we believe his innocence will be proven in a court of law," Mr Peckham said in a statement. "We've been told we were going to be sued for months so today's filing is no surprise to us."