Friday, June 26, 2009
There are so many legal issues that arise concerning Michael Jackson's death that I do not know where to begin to start.
1. Criminal Law Issues
Assuming Jackson died of an overdose, who gave him the medicine? Did the doctor know about the other medications he was taking. What about the pharmacy? Did they dispense the drugs properly?? Was more than one involved.
2. Malpractice Issues and Professional Discipline Issues
Reportedly, Jackson had a personal doctor with him. Did the doctor know about the other medications? Did he ask??
3. Civil Law Issues
Perhaps the estate may bring a wrongful death suit against the doctor or persons who gave him the drugs.
4. Family Law Issues
Jackson's children have two different mothers. Who will get custody? Will the children be separated?(I doubt that).
5. Estate Issues
Did Jackson have a will? Who are his heirs?? What is the estate worth? Giving the complicated financial mess Jackson reportedly was in, it may take years to sort this out. These issues are important as Jackson's songs are likely to continue to generate royalty issues. Tax Prof Blog highlights some of the issues.
I wish I could find a Education Law or Labor Law angle to all of this. I do not see one, but I would not be surprised if one arises.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein