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Lawyers Have Day In Court In Appeal In Jackson/AEG Case

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother appeared to face an uphill battle in court on Thursday as they argued in front of a panel of appellate justices for a new trial in Katherine Jackson's battle against concert promoter AEG Live.

In 2013, a jury found that AEG Live was not financially responsible for the singer's June 2009 death, but Jackson's lawyers now contend that the judge in the case did not properly consider claims of negligence and that the jury had not been properly instructed.

However, according to the Associated Press, the justices in the hearing appeared to be skeptical, repeatedly questioning Jackson's attorneys on details about Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray's relationship with AEG and who was paying for Murray's services. Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for providing Jackson with propofol, a powerful sedative as a sleep aid.

"What is the fault of AEG in this?" Associate Justices Sandy Kriegler asked during the hearing. "I'm just lost in all of this."

"They [AEG] just don't seem to have any knowledge of any of this," Kriegler added.

The justices did not rule on the case, or provide a date for when to expect their ruling. Two of the three justices must find with plaintiff for Katherine Jackson's appeal to proceed. – Staff Writers