Woman's statement to Jackson jurors prompt inquiry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge questioned two alternate jurors in the civil trial over Michael Jackson's death after a woman approached them and told them not to award the singer's family any money in the case.
Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos and attorneys on the case questioned the alternates, who said the woman approached them during a break Friday afternoon. Both said the woman told them not to award any money in the case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC.
The alternates said they told the woman she couldn't talk to them, but she persisted for several moments before finally leaving them alone. They described the woman but said they did not see her in the courtroom after testimony concluded Friday.
The alternate jurors said their interaction would not affect their judgment about the case. The judge told them to return to court Monday and report to bailiffs or court staffers if they saw the woman again.
Jackson family attorney Brian Panish said the interaction was jury tampering and is a felony.
Katherine Jackson mother is suing AEG Live over her son's death. The company denies wrongdoing.
The case has five alternate jurors remaining after one had to be dismissed because he is moving out of state.