Dr. Conrad Murray will be arrested this afternoon for the murder of Michael Jackson on June 25. The charge, sources say, will be involuntary manslaughter.
And then the fun begins.
We can expect that within hours of the arrest a civil suit will be filed against Dr. Murray by Michael Jackson’s family. This should kick off internal squabbles among the avaricious Jacksons like never before.
There will be questions about how much to sue for, and who would be the plaintiffs. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, is already receiving money from Michael’s estate. But his father, Joseph, is trying to pry $20,000 a month out of the estate now for an allowance. This is the same man who three days after Michael died brought a Michael impersonator with him to the BET Awards and announced a new record label. Joseph Jackson will almost definitely go after Dr. Murray for money.
An even more important question: Which lawyer will be used? Self-appointed Jackson family spokesman and publicity hound Brian Oxman is all over TV blabbing about the criminal charges.
But the Jacksons had better be careful. Oxman was disciplined last December by the California Supreme Court in another case. He was put on probation for two years.
This isn’t the first time he’s been disciplined. In the ’90s, his license was suspended. The Jacksons also don’t seem to realize that Oxman was aligned with another law firm whom Jackson hired and didn’t pay. They sued Michael before he died.
Oxman was also fired by Michael’s defense attorney Tom Mesereau during Jackson’s child molestation trial in 2005 for a variety of infractions, including falling asleep in court.
In all likelihood the civil suit will come through the attorney currently working for Katherine Jackson on the estate. And in the end it will concern how much Dr. Murray is worth, and what he could be worth if anyone ever hired him again. That may not be much.