Prosecutor Alan Jackson’s opening statement was a redundant litany of Spector’s 67 years of failed relationships with women. Ancient accusations of gunplay were hammered over, over and over again to taint the jury. Are these incidents even relevant? Perhaps if these claims were more recent than decades ago and they resulted in successful prosecutions that would be admissible evidence. The fact is these events did not rise to the level of prosecution when they happened, if they happened. Judge Larry Paul Fidler is way off base by allowing this garbage to pollute the fact-finding process.
Perhaps more relevant to this inquiry are accounts of the alcohol Spector may have consumed. That’s really the only offering of tangible information about the event made by Jackson. Jackson claimed the excited remark attributed to Spector by limo driver Adriano DeSouza. DeSouza has less that a sufficient command of the English language placing anything he claims to have heard in serious doubt.
Spector seems so alone, nervous and frightened as he listens to the prosecutor's fifth-hand accounts of these stories. You could clearly see Spector wince and shake his head no as Jackson droned on trashing his reputation. Spector knows full well that he is on the wrong end of Fiddler’s flawed ruling. This as the prosecutor administers the poison to the jury which is intended to deprive Spector of his right to a fair trial. My first impression is that this is going to be trial of celebrity gossip.
Alan Jackson pulled a slick maneuver to keep out the helpful tape recorded statements made by Spector to police. It remains to be seen if legal doors open to allow the tapes to be played.
Defense lawyer Burce Cutler was a real bull in the china shop as he had a way to let argument creep into his opening statement, which wont finish until tomorrow. I suspect Judge Fidler plans on taking Cutler to the woodshed first thing in the morning. I will be amazed if Cutler can avoid being held in contempt of court before this is over. I can only say RAH! RAH to Cutler!
Say what you will about Spector he’s never injured anyone let alone kill them.