Phil Spector to appeal murder conviction

Phil Spector, 71, has begun legal action to appeal his murder conviction. In Los Angeles court on Tuesday, the music producer’s lawyers demanded that his conviction for second degree murder be overturned. Spector was found guilty of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot wound to the mouth in the foyer of his home. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 19 years. The first hearing took place in 2007 but ended in mistrial when the jury couldn’t agree on a verdict. Spector was found guilty in 2009 at a second trial. His lawyers are asking for a third trial on the basis that during the second trial, Judge Larry Paul Fidler used his hand to point out the location of crucial blood evidence during a Powerpoint presentation. According to the prosecution, the location of the blood spots prove that Clarkson was murdered and did not commit suicide as Spector’s lawyers suggested. The Los Angeles Times reported that Presiding Justice Joan Klein said the photos showed “a mere clarification” of witness testimony by Fidler, adding, “Judges do it all the time.” Spector’s legal team also argued that testimony from five women who claimed to be victims of gun-related incidents involving Spector in the past prejudiced the jury. However, prosectution insists Spector’s history of gunplay is relevant to the case.

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  1. Andrea • April 14, 2011 @ 12:16 AM

    I was really relieved the jury found him guilty at the second trial. That is one scary dude.

  2. Renee Adams • April 14, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

    How many trials should one person be allowed..Funny how different things were for Robert Blake???Oh I forgot he was poor this monster is $$$$$$
    He is in the right place…

  3. Red • April 14, 2011 @ 12:50 PM

    How come this guy got 19 years in jail for killing with a gun, whereas that French guy who beat his wife to death got 3??? Sick. Hopefully he is found guilty again.

  4. Tayderhead • April 14, 2011 @ 2:22 PM

    How the heck can they try to get a guy off & declare his innocence when five other women have been victims of gun related incidents involving this creepo in the past??? Lock him up and throw away the keys.

  5. Conni • April 14, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

    I agree with Red, I mean, both are murder but to beat someone to death by hitting them in the head 19 times is over the top violent, it should get more than the 19 years this guy got for firing a gun, not a measly 3 years. The only consolation is that enough people spoke up to oppose it so now he knows he’s not welcome in Canada. I hope everyone around the world speaks up if he tries to show his face in their country.

  6. L1feless • April 14, 2011 @ 3:07 PM

    How dare you point out valid evidence which is displayed in plain sight! Do jail cells still have keys…if so I hear the price of steel just went up…I’m off to the smelter.

  7. Kags • April 14, 2011 @ 4:34 PM

    This guy’s picture is really creepy and disturbing o look at

  8. Irish • April 14, 2011 @ 5:00 PM

    Where’s Dexter when you need him…

  9. mandee • April 14, 2011 @ 7:51 PM

    Irish on April 14, 2011 5:00 PM ahahaha, i wonder that myself most of the time 😛

  10. Nancy • April 16, 2011 @ 5:56 PM

    Totally agree with Kags. He should get a life sentence just for that ugly face! hahaha.

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