The Mess That Was the Verdict Reading in Michael Jackson's Wrongful Death Trial

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The Mess That Was the Verdict Reading in Michael Jackson\'s Wrongful Death Trial

AEG Live was found not guilty of neglect in the trial over Michael Jackson’s death. Jurors decided that the entertainment giant was not careless in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the overdose of anesthesia that eventually led to the pop icon’s untimely death.

Sure, you've probably heard about this by now. But what you might not have heard is how the jurors announced the decision. It was pretty sloppy.

The five-month trial came to a fiery end with a verdict reading that included the reading of the parenthetical material (“…if you answered yes for question number one, please go to question number two.”) and a counselor-requested jury poll that took three tries in order to get through. In the jury’s defense, the wording of the judicial text was somewhere between an IKEA instruction manual and ancient Mayan script. 

Here’s a video:

Eventually, they got through it. And, long story short, AEG is $2 billion less broke and Jackson fans are pissed.

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