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Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial: Katherine Jackson may be called back to witness stand

A courtroom sketch shows Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, testifying in her son's wrongful death trial on Monday, July 22, 2013.

September 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Arguments in court have cleared the way for Katherine Jackson to be called back to the witness stand in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death lawsuit.

AEG defense attorneys say they want to ask her about her claim for damages.

Documents filed by the plaintiffs put the damage amount at $40 billion. AEG attorneys call that figure absurd. The plaintiffs say the number is based on a document expressing a maximum on what Jackson's loss was worth.

The judge told AEG attorneys they cannot ask Katherine Jackson about the damage statement. However, she can be asked about her economic and personal loss.

Opening statements in the case were April 29 and jurors have heard from more than 50 witnesses in 20 weeks. Key witnesses have included Michael Jackson's his oldest son, his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and several top AEG Live executives.

The trial dates planned for this week have been canceled. The jury will not be coming in until next Monday because juror No. 1 has a family emergency.