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Katherine Jackson to take stand for first time in wrongful-death suit – Los Angeles Times

The next person scheduled to testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death lawsuit is his mother, Katherine Jackson, who is to take the stand Friday.
She and her late son’s three children brought the suit against AEG Live, the company that was promoting the singer’s ill-fated comeback tour. It would be her first court appearance in the case.
Katherine Jackson, 83, and her grandchildren — Prince, Paris and Blanket —  claim the entertainment giant negligently hired and controlled the physician who gave the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009, days before his

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Trayvon Martin’s family reportedly settles wrongful-death claim – Los Angeles Times

The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer last year in an Orlando, Fla., suburb, appears to have settled a civil suit claiming wrongful death against the subdivision’s homeowners association for a possible six-figure amount.

Citing Seminole County court records, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Friday that the settlement could total $ 1 million or more. A few pages of the document were made available to the public, but the amount of the settlement was blacked out. The agreement stipulated that those involved would keep the dollar amount private.
As part of the settlement, the homeowners association acknowledged no wrongdoing.
According to the Sentinel, the association took out a $ 1-million insurance policy a few weeks after the shooting. A receptionist at the office of homeowners association attorney Thomas R. Slaten Jr. said he would not answer questions.
On Feb. 26 last year, George Zimmerman shot Martin at the Retreat at Twin Lakes town homes complex in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was the head of the local Neighborhood Watch at the time.
Before the fatal confrontation, Zimmerman had spotted Martin walking in the neighborhood and had called police, reporting the teen as looking suspicious. After being confronted by Martin, Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense when the teen attacked him. Martin was unarmed.
The issue made headlines nationwide, in part because of accusations that Zimmerman acted on racist assumptions about Martin, who was black. Zimmerman’s attorney has denied those allegations.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to go to trial in June.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family, was not available for comment on the reported settlement of the family’s civil [...]

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