Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that
Jackson's mother and children did not have standing for a
re-trial after their attorneys argued last month that jury
instructions were confusing and not wide enough in scope.
A jury in October cleared privately held AEG Live, the organizer
of Jackson's ill-fated 50 "This Is It" comeback shows in London,
of negligently hiring cardiologist Conrad Murray as Jackson's
The verdict came after a sensational five-month trial that
offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the
"King of Pop."
Jackson family attorneys could send their appeal to a higher
Katherine Jackson, 83, and the singer's three children Prince
Michael, Paris and Blanket, sued AEG Live over Jackson's 2009
death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the powerful
anesthetic propofol administered by Murray.
The wrongful death lawsuit claimed the concert promoter had
acted negligently by hiring Murray as Jackson's personal
physician, but a jury concluded Murray was sufficiently
qualified for his job.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for
Jackson's death and served half of his four-year sentence in a Los
Angeles prison. He was released in October under a California
state plan to reduce prison overcrowding.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing
by Piya Sinha-Roy and Cynthia Osterman)
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