Joe Jackson filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray today.
The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles federal court. Although it has been reported that the lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages, that figure is mentioned only because it is the minimum amount necessary to file in federal court for this type of case.
(If a lawsuit is between parties of different states, the amount at issue must exceed $75,000 to file in federal court.)
Here is the bizarre part about this …. something not picked up by the general media:
In federal court a civil jury verdict must be unanimous.
Joe Jackson could have filed in California state court, where only 9 of 12 jurors must reach a decision.
Moreover, the downtown state courthouse in Los Angeles is known in legal circles as the ‘cash register’ – not just because of how it looks, but how verdicts can be awarded.
Maybe Jackson’s attorney believed he couldn’t get the downtown courthouse because of where MJ lived. But choosing federal court over state court is an odd decision. California wrongful death law will be applied, not federal law.
We’ll see how this turns out.