Michael Jackson’s father has dropped a wrongful death case filed against the former doctor who was convicted of causing the singer’s death.
“It’s good finally that this case is dismissed and gone,” he said on Wednesday.
“It’s pretty clear that Joe Jackson intelligently and smartly dismissed this case so he, his wife and children can focus on Michael Jackson’s life instead of the circumstances of his death.”
He added that Murray, who remains jailed while he appeals his conviction for involuntary manslaughter, was still pained by Jackson’s death and feels sorry for his family.
“His heart goes out to them,” Peckham said.
Joe Jackson’s case claimed Murray repeatedly lied to paramedics and doctors about giving Jackson the anaesthetic propofol and that he did not keep adequate medical records, both issues that prosecutors raised against Murray during his trial last year.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, continues to pursue a case against concert company AEG Live alleging it negligently hired and supervised Murray, whose treatments were administered while the pop star was rehearsing for a 50-date comeback show at London’s O2 arena.
Her case is scheduled for trial in April.