Jackson trial. Michael Jackson has been dead and buried for nearly four years. But the answer to the question of who bears responsibility for the pop star’s overdose on the narcotic propofol could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a billion, if you believe the Jackson family. Arguments are scheduled to begin today in L.A. in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG.
Does blame for Jackson’s death lie with Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for injecting Jackson with the lethal dose? Or does it lie with with AEG, who hired Murray, and who Jackson’s family claims ignored the singer’s health as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts. Or was Jackson – a drug addict who was desperate to get his finances in order – responsible for his own demise? It’ll be a up to a jury to decide, but we probably won’t know for months as the civil trial stretches into mid-summer or beyond. In the meantime, potential witnesses include Spike Lee, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones and both of Jackson’s ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe. AP
Champs. Eight students from Granada Hills Charter High School are getting a rousing “welcome back” this morning after winning the school’s third straight national Academic Decathlon championship this weekend in Minneapolis. Six-time champ El Camino Real High School took second. L.A. Daily News
Prison deadline. Governor Jerry Brown has until Thursday to come up with a plan to further reduce prison overcrowding in California. If he fails, a three-judge panel is threatening to hold him in contempt. Sacramento Bee
Space tourism. Virgin Galactic’s passenger spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, fired its rocket engine after being released from a jet-powered mothership over California’s Mojave Desert during a test flight. NBC
Stones’ show. Big band…small venue…lot’s of excitement…The Rolling Stones delighted fans who were lucky enough to get a ticket for their impromptu gig Saturday night at the Echoplex in Echo Park. Their new tour kicks off Friday in L.A.. L.A. Times
Purple and blue. The Lakers are done for the season. The undermanned squad was swept by the San Antonio Spurs in a first-round playoff series. The Lakers will now wait to see if free agent center Dwight Howard will stick around for the long term. Kobe Bryant’s not expected back until after the start of next season because of an injured heel. ESPN