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The Phil Spector Case

Background and the Latest Developments


Lana Clarkson

Lana Clarkson

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Legendary rock and roll music producer Phil Spector is charged with the fatal shooting of former actress Lana Clarkston Feb. 3, 2003 at his Los Angeles mansion. Clarkson, 40, was a hostess at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. She left the club with Spector and was later found shot at his home.

After more than six months of investigation, authorities concluded Spector shot her. He was officially charged in November of 2003. Spector, 66, is free on $1 million bail. See also: Profile of Phil Spector

Latest Developments

Court Denies Phil Spector Rehearing
May 27, 2011
A California appeals court has refused a rehearing of Phil Spector's murder conviction appeal. The court admitted it had not considered some issues when his conviction was first appealed, but said that was because his attorneys failed to file briefs regarding those issues.

Phil Spector Seeks Appeal Rehearing
May 19, 2011
Attorney for convicted killer Phil Spector, former music producer, have asked for a rehearing of his appeal which was denied by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal. Spector's lawyers claim that Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler "violated his neutrality" during the trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Court Upholds Phil Spector's Conviction
May 2, 2011
A California appeals court has upheld the 2009 murder conviction of Phil Spector, rejecting several claims by his attorneys that he did not receive a fair trial.

Previous Developments

Phil Spector Appeals Murder Conviction
Mar. 12, 2010
Attorneys for music producer Phil Spector have filed a complex 148-page motion appealing his 2009 murder conviction asking the appeals court to overturn the jury verdict and order a new trial.

Phil Spector Sentenced to 19 Years to Life
May 29, 2009
Legendary music producer Phil Spector made no statement and showed no emotion in a Los Angeles courtroom when he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector, 69, will be 88 years old before he can possibly be eligible for parole under California law.

Phil Spector Guilty of Murder
April 13, 2009
A Los Angeles jury has convicted famed music producer Phil Spector of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Hollywood mansion six years ago. The jury deliberated almost 30 hours before reaching a verdict.

Phil Spector Jury Deliberations Delayed
April 2, 2009
Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler cancelled deliberations for the rest of the week after a male juror became ill with the flu and could not continue.

Spector Jurors Can Consider Lesser Charge
March 20, 2009
Reversing a decision he made in the first trial, the judge ruled last week that the jury can consider a lesser charge in their deliberations.

Defense Rests in Phil Spector Retrial
March 12, 2009
After nearly two months of testimony, the defense wound up its case with an expert witness on human memory, who tried to debunk the testimony of the state's star witness.

Prosecution Rests in Phil Spector Retrial
Jan. 23, 2009
After nine weeks of testimony, the prosecution rested its case in the second murder trial of music producer Phil Spector. The final witness for the prosecution was the mother of Lana Clarkson, who Spector is accused of shooting to death at his mansion in February 2003.

Security Guard Testifies in Phil Spector Trial
Nov. 3, 2008
A retired police officer who sometimes works for Joan Rivers as a security guard told jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial that he ejected the music producer from two Christmas parties for brandishing a gun and making violent and threatening statements about women.

New Phil Spector Jury Hears Opening Statements
Oct. 29, 2008
Prosecutors opened the second Phil Spector murder trial much like they opened the first one, describing the death of actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of Spector's mansion in 2003 and painting the famed music producer as an eccentric who repeatedly threatened women and pointed guns at them.

2nd Jury Selection Begins for Phil Spector
Oct. 2, 2008
Several hundred potential jurors began answering questionnaires this week in preparation for the second murder trial of fames music producer Phil Spector for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Phil Spector Wants Time to Appeal Decision
Aug. 13, 2008
Attorneys for music producer Phil Spector have asked for an indefinite stay of his second trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson so that they can appeal the case on the grounds of double jeopardy. They want to make sure that the next jury not be given the opportunity to find him guilty of a lesser crime of manslaughter.

Phil Spector Loses Several Pretrial Motions
July 29, 2008
With a new team of defense attorneys on board, music producer Phil Spector lost a series of pretrial motions this week, but Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he will reconsider some of his rulings when the trial actually begins.

Phil Spector Sued Over Unpaid Hotel Bills
June 18, 2008
Phil Spector has more worries than getting ready for his second murder trial. A Los Angeles hotel is suing the rock music producer, his wife and agent for more than $100,000 in unpaid bills for accommodations for his lawyers and expert witnesses in his first murder trial.

New Trial Date Set for Phil Spector
May 22, 2008
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler set September 29 as the date for music producer Phil Spector's second trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mansion in 2003.

Phil Spector's Lawyers Request Trial Delay
March 28, 2008
Phil Spector's new attorney, Doron Weinberg, has requested a delay in the start of his re-trial because the new defense team will not be ready until September. Meanwhile, Weinberg filed a 44-page motion asking that Judge Larry Paul Fidler be disqualified from the retrail because he has shown bias against Spector.

Phil Spector Seeks New Attorney
Nov. 6, 2007
Phil Spector, whose murder trial ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 10-2, is seeking a new attorney for his retrial, which is scheduled to begin early next year. Spector fired some of his attorneys after the mistrial and others quit when the jury hung 10-2 in favor of conviction.

Mistrial Declared in Phil Spector Trial
Sept. 26, 2007
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler declared a mistrial today in the murder trail of music producer Phil Spector after the jury once again reported that they were hopelessly deadlocked. The jury said it was deadlocked at 10-2 this time. On Sept. 18, they reported being deadlocked at 7-5. Both times, the majority favored conviction.

Page 2: Earlier Developments in the Phil Spector Case

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