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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 8:41am
A 'sweet' gesture went sour in the Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial. Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live, gave the bailiff a bag of peppermint candy to hand out to the jury this week. Even Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, enjoyed the treat, but Jackson's lawyer raised objection Tuesday in court. He suggested jurors might be influenced if they find out who provided the sweets.
So a compromise was reached. Each side can provide snacks for jurors, but they will be placed at the bailiff's desk ahead of time so jurors have no clue who brought it.
Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live for billions of dollars. They claim the promoter is liable for hiring Conrad Murray as Jackson's doctor. Murray is in prison for manslaughter after giving the singer the drug, Propofol to help him sleep.
AEG claims Murray was chosen and hired by Jackson. The pop star died in 2009, two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts were set to begin.