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Joe Jackson re-files wrongful death lawsuit against Murray

By | Published on Wednesday 1 December 2010

Joe Jackson has re-filed his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr Conrad Murray in relation to the demise of his son Michael, after a judge dismissed part of his original litigation.

As previously reported, Jackson Senior holds Murray responsible for Michael Jackson’s untimely death, based on the allegation the doc was negligent in administering the shot of the powerful drug propofol that ultimately killed the singer. Jacko was taking the anaesthetic as a cure for insomnia. Criminal proceedings against Murray are ongoing. 

Jackson’s previous lawsuit was in part rejected by the US federal courts back in October, with the judge ruling that the remaining part of the action should be heard in a State court in California. The new lawsuit responds to that ruling and was filed with the California Superior Court.

The action names Murray and his associated clinics and the pharmacy that supplied the propofol as defendants. The pharmacy was not named on the original lawsuit. Also this time Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children are named as nominal plaintiffs. 

According to Reuters, which has seen the legal papers, Jackson Senior claims that not only did Murray negligently cause Michael’s death by administering the drug that killed him, he indicated his guilt by instructing security guards to remove all medication from the room where the singer had died before police arrived. 

Murray maintains his innocence in both the criminal and civil cases against him. Jackson Senior has not been especially successful in his litigation relating to his son’s death. Not only was his initial lawsuit against Murray knocked back, but his legal efforts to unseat the executors of his son’s estate who, he alleged, were relying on a fabricated will (which excludes Joe Jackson as a beneficiary), were unsuccessful.