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French court awards Jackson fans for 'emotional damage'

Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro each Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death. Played out in a court in the city of Orleans, the unusual case saw 34 fans suing Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 over the singer's death from an overdose, for the suffering they endured. The court ruled that five of the plaintiffs -- two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium -- had proven emotional suffering from Jackson's death.

French court awards Jackson fans for 'emotional damage'

Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro each Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death. Played out in a court in the city of Orleans, the unusual case saw 34 fans suing Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 over the singer's death from an overdose, for the suffering they endured. The court ruled that five of the plaintiffs -- two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium -- had proven emotional suffering from Jackson's death.

French court awards Jackson fans for 'emotional damage'

Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro each Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death. Played out in a court in the city of Orleans, the unusual case saw 34 fans suing Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 over the singer's death from an overdose, for the suffering they endured. The court ruled that five of the plaintiffs -- two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium -- had proven emotional suffering from Jackson's death.

Michael Jackson 'still loves me," says freed doctor

Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray said Wednesday that the late pop icon still loves him, and would be appalled by fans who attack him over the star's 2009 death. In his first public comments since being released from jail on Monday, Murray said he never harmed the "Thriller" icon, who died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered by the medic. "I loved Michael very much. I'm a fan of Michael probably more than most," he told the celebrity news website TMZ.

Jackson's doctor released from jail after two years

Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray was released from jail Monday after serving two years of a four-year sentence for the late pop icon's death in 2009, officials said. Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving Jackson the drug that killed him, left the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. The 60-year-old medic evaded a group of hecklers outside the jail. His lawyer, Valerie Wass, slammed the Jackson supporters, saying: "This group of fans isn't respecting [Jackson's] legacy," according to the LA Times.

Jackson's doctor released from jail after two years

Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray was released from jail Monday after serving two years of a four-year sentence for the late pop icon's death in 2009, officials said. Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving Jackson the drug that killed him, left the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. The 60-year-old medic evaded a group of hecklers outside the jail. His lawyer, Valerie Wass, slammed the Jackson supporters, saying: "This group of fans isn't respecting [Jackson's] legacy," according to the LA Times.

US state suspends lethal injections amid drug debate

The Midwestern US state of Missouri said Friday that it was suspending its next execution amid a controversy over the drug used for lethal injections. "I have directed the Department of Corrections that the execution of Allen Nicklasson, as set for October 23, will not proceed," Governor Jay Nixon said. Almost every state that practices the death penalty has adopted the barbiturate pentobarbital for lethal injections. But as supplies dwindle, states that practice capital punishment are turning to new drugs or new providers, though not without hiccups.

Jury reaches verdict in Jackson wrongful death trial

The jury mulling whether tour promoters AEG Live should pay huge damages to Michael Jackson's family over his 2009 death has reached a verdict, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday. The six-man, six-woman panel -- which has been meeting since Thursday afternoon after a five-month trial in Los Angeles -- deliberated for about three days, since last Thursday. The verdict was due to be read out in court at 3:30 pm (2230 GMT), said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court, where the trial got under way in April.

Jury retires to mull verdict in Jackson-AEG trial

The jury which will decide if tour promoters AEG Live should pay massive damages to Michael Jackson's family over his 2009 death began considering its verdict Thursday. The six-man, six-woman panel retired to deliberate after a last appeal from Jackson family lawyer Brian Panish, who said AEG Live were trying to "hoodwink" jurors and shirk blame for the singer's demise aged 50. Jackson died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol at his rented mansion in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the shows at London's 02 Arena.

Michael Jackson son to testify, as anniversary marked

Michael Jackson's son Prince is set to testify at his family's trial against tour promoter AEG Live, reports said Tuesday, as relatives and fans marked the fourth anniversary of his death. The 16-year-old, the eldest of the singer's three children, could take the stand as early as Wednesday at the trial, in which the Jackson family is suing AEG Live for hiring the doctor convicted of killing him in 2009.
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