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New Photos Reveal Prison's Toll on Phil Spector

Music producer shifted to facility for sick inmates

(Newser) - Two newly released photos of Phil Spector show the toll of age and prison on the once flamboyant music legend. The most recent photo shows a bald, somber-looking 73-year-old Spector staring straight into the camera on Oct. 28, 2013. An earlier photo of a smiling Spector is dated July 24,... More »

Phil Spector, Unveiled

(Newser) - What a difference a wig—or lack of one—makes. California released the prison mug shot of Phil Spector today, revealing him to be a rather ordinary looking bald guy, the Daily News reports. The renowned music producer, always seen in public (and court) with a very full head of... More »

Spector Sentenced to 19 Years to Life

(Newser) - A Los Angeles judge today sentenced Phil Spector to 19 years to life in prison in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. The legendary music producer, whose first trial in the case ended in a mistrial, plans to appeal, KTLA-TV reports. Spector, 69, listened impassively as he drew... More »

Jurors' Rapport Swung Spector Conviction: Lawyers

Lack of 'persnickety' people helped retrial avoid second deadlock

(Newser) - Twelve agreeable jurors made all the difference between Phil Spector's two murder trials, lawyers from both sides tell the Los Angeles Times. The jurors who this week voted unanimously to convict heard the same evidence as the jury that deadlocked in 2007, prosecutors and the music legend's lawyer say, but... More »

Spector Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

(Newser) - A Los Angeles jury today convicted eccentric music producer Phil Spector of second-degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson, the Los Angeles Times reports. Spector, 69, faces at least 18 years in prison for killing 40-year-old Clarkson, who was found with a gunshot wound to the mouth in... More »

Closing Arguments Begin in Spector Retrial

Music producer could get lesser manslaughter charge

(Newser) - Attorneys begin closing arguments today in the second murder trial of music producer Phil Spector—proceedings which drew little attention after a media frenzy surrounding the first, which ended with a hung jury, the AP reports. Spector, 69, faces a second-degree charge in the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson,... More »

Spector Still Wants His $1M Back

Facing murder trial No. 2, producer sues attorney No. 1

(Newser) - As the state of California cranks up a second murder trial for Phil Spector, the producer is suing his first attorney for the $1-million non-refundable retainer he paid after his 2003 arrest in the death of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector claims that Robert Shapiro conned him into handing over the... More »

Spector's Cash His Best Defense

It was money, not celebrity, that aided the producer’s case

(Newser) - Phil Spector’s money mattered more than his celebrity in convincing two jurors of his innocence in this week’s mistrial on second-degree murder charges. Several jurors had never heard of the record producer—so it was his ability to hire a pricey team of lawyers, forensic experts, and private... More »

Spector Walks After Mistrial

Judge declares mistrial as 2 jurors hold out against majority

(Newser) - Jurors announced a 10 to 2 deadlock in the Phil Spector trial today after more than 2 weeks of deliberations, sparking the judge to declare a mistrial. The jury was split more evenly a week ago, and did not reveal the position of its 2 holdouts. As Spector went home,... More »

Spector Judge Rejects Option of Manslaughter

Jury may be asked to deliberate further in celebrity murder trial

(Newser) - Saying it would imply a guilty verdict of some kind is the goal, the judge in Phil Spector's murder trial today decided against having deadlocked jurors deliberate a lesser charge of manslaughter. The jury said yesterday it was split 7-5 after seven days of deliberation over the charge facing the... More »

Jury in Spector Case Deadlocks

Judge may send panel back to rule on manslaughter

(Newser) - The jury in the murder trial of legendary music producer Phil Spector declared itself deadlocked this afternoon after 7 days of deliberation. The jurors said they're split 7-5, but not which verdict they favor. The judge said he may send the panel back to the drawing board to rule on... More »

Spector Jurors Try Out Victim’s Chair

Panel role plays in field trip to producer’s mansion

(Newser) - Jurors in Phil Spector’s murder trial got the full re-enactment experience in a trip to the record producer’s house yesterday, slumping back and playing dead in a replica of the chair where actress Lana Clarkson died. The field trippers asked permission to explore the case’s fine points... More »

Spector Faces the Music

(Newser) - Sixties icon Phil Spector was supposedly drunk, depressed, and on prescription medication when he brought B-movie actor Lana Clarkson home from a club four years ago, and shot her-—accidentally, he claims. With his televised trial opening today, Dan Glaister walks readers through what is known of events and gives... More »

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