The DoctorDr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, right, confers with his attorney Edward M. Chernoff, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jan. 25, 2011. Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
The DeceasedMichael Jackson is called the "King of Pop" for a reason: His 1982 album "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time. Michael was the seventh child in the Jackson family. Michael died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.
PropofolOne of the central "characters" in the Michael Jackson drama is not a person, but the drug propofol. Yet-to-be-released toxicology reports could help determine if the powerful anesthetic had a role in the singer's death. Propofol, which is marketed as Diprovan, is typically administered in a hospital during surgery, but Dr. Conrad Murray told police he often gave the drug to Jackson to help him sleep.
The DefenseEdward Chernoff, the attorney for Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, has been a constant media mouthpiece in defense of Murray. Chernoff has said that Murray "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson."
The ProsecutionDeputy District Attorney David Walgren said the clips of Michael Jackson performing "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Earth Song" in his concert movie "This Is It" depict an "active, energetic" man who was interacting with the crew and participating in the production process. Walgren say this would contradict defense claims that Jackson took his own life. Walgren is one of several prosecutors working on this case.
The Jackson FamilyJoseph Jackson was omitted from his son's will with all of Michael Jackson's assets going to his mother, his children and children's charities. The two had an often-strained relationship. A former steelworker, he managed and trained his children and organized the Jackson 5. He has been married to Katherine Jackson for over 50 years.
The Jackson FamilyKatherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson and his siblings.
The Jackson FamilyJackie Jackson is a singer and musician, former member of The Jackson 5, and the second child in the Jackson family. He now runs two record companies, Jesco Records and Futurist Entertainment. His real name is Sigmund Esco Jackson.
The Jackson FamilyJanet Jackson is ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest women in entertainment. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series "The Jacksons" in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Good Times" and "Fame." Having sold over 100 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.
The Jackson FamilyJermaine Jackson, the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, is a American singer, bassist, composer, a member of The Jackson 5, older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson and occasional film director. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist.
The Jackson FamilyTito was born the third of ten children of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. He was a member of the Jackson 5. Tito continues to tour with his original music, with various band members including producer/guitarist Angelo Earl and a management team that includes Ed Tate.
The Jackson FamilySinger Marlon Jackson is a former member of the Jackson 5 and the sixth child of the Jackson family. Unlike his brothers, Marlon embarked on a career outside of show business becoming a successful real estate agent in Southern California.
The Jackson FamilyLa Toya Jackson has pursued many careers, including singer-songwriter, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family.
The Jackson Family
Not to be confused with the "American Idol" judge, Randy Jackson is the youngest of the Jackson brothers. Randy didn't officially join the family band until 1975, when they changed their name to The Jacksons and signed with Epic Records.