In the documents that Murray is using to help get him out of jail pending appeal, his lawyers say, “Mr. Jackson was in debt approximately $440 million and desperately needed to fulfill a contractual commitment at the O2 arena in London.”
They then go on to say that “he was on the verge of losing his entire estate to foreclosure. The pressure to fight through his insomnia, to rehearse and be the entertainer he was in his earlier years was overwhelming…His motivation and resulting desperation were relevant to show a likelihood or reason to act in a manner inconsistent with good judgment.”
Murray’s lawyers also believe that evidence of Jackson’s financial difficulties should have been admitted in trial.