Staff Writer, LA Times
latimes.com — Hours before Anschutz Entertainment Group executives were heading to Michael Jackson 's Holmby Hills home to sign multimillion-dollar contracts for his concert series in London, the firm's top lawyer called Jackson "the freak" in an email to another company attorney.
latimes.com — The city manager of Bell called unfair a state report critical of the town's progress after a massive corruption scandal. State Controller John Chiang issued his final audit on Bell on Wednesday morning, nearly three years after the scandal uncovered overpaid city leaders, overtaxed residents and other financial mismanagement.
latimes.com — A few months before Michael Jackson's death, AEG executives were told that the performer had passed a medical exam "with flying colors," an in-house attorney for the company testified Wednesday. Shawn Trell, senior vice president and general counsel for AEG, said he contacted a London insurance broker in November 2008 to inquire about cancellation insurance for "This Is It," a series of planned concerts touted as Jackson's comeback tour.
latimes.com — An in-house attorney for AEG testified Tuesday that his company did not look into the background of Conrad Murray , the doctor who gave Michael Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol two weeks before the singer was to perform in a series of comeback concerts in London.
latimes.com — In the days before Michael Jackson's death, AEG executives were still attempting to secure a life insurance policy on the performer who had been acting erraticly at rehearsals for his comeback tour, according to testimony and emails revealed in court Tuesday.
latimes.com — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office plans to retry the case against Bell council members accused of misappropriating public funds by overpaying themselves for sitting on city boards and authorities that rarely met, according to defense attorneys connected with the case.
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