Jury hears of Jackson's requests for anesthetic
FILE- In this March 5, 2009, file photo, Michael Jackson makes an announcement about upcoming performances at the London O2 Arena. A Los Angeles jury heard from two medical professionals that Jackson requested the powerful anesthetic propofol for sleep during testimony on Aug. 28, 2013. Dr. Christine Quinn and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee detailed the singer’s requests, separated by a decade, after being called to testify in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against concert promoter AEG Live LLC. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:
Jackson's mother wants a jury to determine that the promoter of Jackson's planned comeback concerts didn't properly investigate Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a criminal jury for Jackson's June 2009 death. AEG's attorney says the case is about personal choice, namely Jackson's decision to have Murray serve as his doctor and give him doses of a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid. Millions, possibly billions, of dollars are at stake.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK
— Dr. Christine Quinn, a dental anesthesiologist, described a meeting with Jackson at a Beverly Hills hotel in which the singer asked her to give him the anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. The meeting was in 1998 or 1999, a decade before Jackson died of a propofol overdose. Quinn refused the singer's request, but continued to treat him for dental procedures.
— Dr. Petros Levounis, an expert paid by AEG Live, said he believed Jackson was addicted to opioid medications and exhibited signs that he was doctor shopping in the 1990s and 2000s.
— Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner, told jurors that Jackson requested propofol from her in April 2009. Lee said she warned Jackson that it wasn't safe to use propofol in a home setting, but the singer insisted that doctors told him it was safe and he needed to get sleep to prepare for his "This Is It" shows.
— Outside the presence of the jury, the judge overseeing the case refused to allow lawyers for Jackson's mother to amend their lawsuit and add a negligence claim based on testimony presented during the trial.
WHAT THE JURY SAW
— Lee break down in tears while testifying, likening Jackson's trust of doctors to her mother, who she said she warned about taking too many prescription medications and died three years ago.
— Charts that accompanied Levounis' testimony that showed comments by Jackson's doctors on their close relationships with the singer and behavior that he said supported his opinion that the pop star was addicted to opioid medications, had engaged in doctor shopping and was secretive about his medical care.