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Blogger interrupts Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

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Jul 25, 2013 | 2:56pm EDT

Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial was halted on Wednesday (24Jul13) after a blogger was ejected from the Los Angeles courtroom for allegedly taking pictures of the jurors on his cell phone. William Wagener, who has been a regular spectator at the proceedings, was asked to leave the court after bailiffs spotted him breaking the rules and using his camera phone. He was banned from returning to the courtroom for the rest of the day and lawmakers have yet to decide if he'll be allowed to return for the remainder of the case as the King of Pop's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children sue concert promoters at AEG Live over the superstar's death in 2009. Wagener claims he took the photo by accident and has argued a permanent ban will impede his ability to report on the case. The Jackson family is suing AEG Live amid allegations bosses ignored signs the superstar was suffering from poor health leading up to his ill-fated This Is It residency in London. They also claim company executives were negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for him Executives at AEG Live maintain Jackson personally hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter relating to his client's death. The case continues amid reports suggesting the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is set to testify.

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