Juror in Michael Jackson suit: Conrad Murray "unethical" but competent for the job

(CBS News) The family of pop star Michael Jackson is considering its next move after being dealt a major loss in the singer's wrongful death trial. After three days of deliberations, a Los Angeles jury decided that the concert promoter was not liable for Jackson's death.

"Michael Jackson was pretty used to getting his own way. He was a big star. He had all these doctors who wanted to be his doctor," said juror Kevin Smith.

The jury's verdict stated that AEG Live, the company behind Jackson's planned farewell concerts, did hire Conrad Murray to be Jackson's doctor.

Murray was giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. The drug ultimately killed the pop star. The jury was asked to decide if Murray was competent for the job and they said he was.

"Dr. Murray was unethical. Had the word unethical been in there, it may have went the other way," said juror Greg Barden. "He did something that he or no doctor should have done, but, again, he wasn't hired to do that. He was hired to be a general practitioner."

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The jury essentially decided that Jackson was a victim of his own bad choices.

"What the jury is saying is that Michael Jackson wanted this doctor, he made certain choices with the doctor; that's not AEG's fault," said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson.

But Jackson's mother Katherine and his children did blame AEG and sued them.

Attorneys for the Jackson family had asked for a billion dollars in damages based on what they say Jackson would have made if he had lived. In the end, the jury did not give the Jackson family a single cent.

AEG lawyers said they never considered settling the case.

"AEG Live didn't do something wrong here. And they weren't going to allow themselves to be shaken down," said AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.

Katherine Jackson's attorneys say they haven't yet decided if they will appeal.

For Ben Tracy's full report, watch the video in the player above.

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