Los Angeles, CA—Legendary record producer Phil Spector should have never been arrested. Spector was arrested, tried and put through two trials that were unfair and un-American.
The most outrageous departure from fairness was the introduction of evidence of some failed relationships spanning 30 years. Recently in California lazy prosecutors created a voter proposition that would allow them to bring up uncharged or proven past allegations. I say lazy because this made convicting people including innocents a lot easier.
In Spector’s case the allegations were actually outside that proposition that became law. Most states would never allow that kind of gossip to taint a defendant’s trial.
The accusations against Spector should have stood or fallen on the scientific evidence alone. The jury was heavily influenced by gossip and hate rather than evidence.
The jury in this high-profile case should have been sequestered because of the media interest and thousands of pages of material posted on the internet most of which is inaccurate or worse. Jurors cannot be trusted to discontinue their Internet use while assigned to their duties. A Google search of Phil Spector and murder provided these results: “Results 1 - 50 of about 431,000 for Phil Spector Murder. (0.34 seconds)”
Judge Larry Paul Fidler took the prosecution’s side from the very beginning of the case, ruling for them on nearly every point raised during the pendency of the case.
This kind of injustice rarely gets anyone’s attention until they or a loved one is suddenly on trial.
I’m confident that Phil Spector’s conviction and sentence will be overturned. I’m not so confident that Phil Spector will survive long enough for the legal reviews of these serious issues.
In the mean time we can count on Lana Clarkson’s mother to use this conviction to her advantage in a civil court to loot Phil Spector’s sizable estate.