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Jackson's mum speaks before trial

Michael Jackson's mother has revealed she has "mixed emotions" about the upcoming trial of the doctor charged in connection with her son's death.

Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of one of music's most famous families, said the pain of the pop superstar's loss nearly two years ago remains and the potential punishment for Dr Conrad Murray doesn't seem like it's nearly enough.

"Sometimes I think why have a trial if... the maximum sentence is only four years," she said.

Mrs Jackson intends to make a daily trip to the trial, which begins on May 9. She has not spoken to Dr Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, although she has seen him often from her seat at pre-trial hearings in the case.

"I'll be there, but it just hurts me because my son is gone and for forever and this man is trying to get away and get off," she said. "He needs to be punished."

The grandmother said she went to Michael's home after his death to clean up. There, she found several reminders he had scribbled to himself.

"He had notes around," she recalled. "'Discipline with love.'"

Mrs Jackson said the outpouring of grief and support from the Smooth Criminal singer's fans after he died also meant a lot to her.

"They felt my pain," she said. "It meant a lot to me. And at that time, I needed all of that to know the world was with me, the world felt my pain."

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