Jurors in the
But jurors could make quick work of the 16-question verdict form if they decide that entertainment giant
The first question in the verdict form concerns Murray, and if jurors conclude the entertainment firm did not hire the physician, the trial would come to a quick end, with the Jackson family on the losing side.
If jurors answer yes, they would then have to answer 15 additional questions and decide what amount of damages to award Jackson's mother and three children. The amount could top $1 billion.
The case, which delved into Jackson's drug use, his emotional state and his physical health, never strayed far from the central question of whether it was the singer himself who was to blame for his own demise by insisting on hiring the doctor who killed him, or AEG for directing and controlling the physician.
AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam told jurors that Jackson used the anesthetic
Putnam told jurors about several other instances in which Jackson unsuccessfully asked doctors for propofol, and the warnings he received about the anesthetic's dangers.
Putnam said Jackson, 50 when he died, was responsible for his own health. "He was a grown man and he made his own choices," Putnam said. "You know Mr. Jackson chose Dr. Murray. You know Mr. Jackson chose propofol."
On the other side, Jackson's family attorneys relied on emails that seem to offer a real-time version of thoughts and events. The emails describe concerns about Jackson's deteriorating emotional and physical condition as he rehearsed for his 50 comeback concerts in London and reveal that an AEG attorney called Jackson a "freak."
The emails may present the most damaging pieces of evidence against AEG.
"We want to remind him that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him," AEG executive Paul Gongaware wrote, seemingly undermining the claim that the doctor didn't work for the promoter.
Gongaware said he didn't recall writing it.
In another email, AEG Live Chief Executive
Testimony showed that AEG never investigated Murray, who was actually in dire financial straits and had closed his practice to take on Jackson as his only patient for $150,000 a month.