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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 »

Writer Dominick Dunne Dead at 83

(Newser) - Dominick Dunne, the best-selling author who covered some of the past two decades’ highest-profile trials for Vanity Fair, died today at 83; his son, actor Griffin Dunne, told the magazine bladder cancer was the cause. Dominick Dunne served in World War II and produced TV shows and feature films before... More »

Charles Manson Reaches Out to Spector in Prison

(Newser) - Charles Mason has reached out to former music producer Phil Spector, sending the actress-killer fan mail in the California prison they now share, reports the New York Post. Manson, a mediocre musician before he turned cult leader, sent Spector a note via a guard that he wanted to meet and... 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 »

Wife Breaks Silence on Spector

Rachelle says she's not a trophy wife

(Newser) - She was muzzled by a court order during her husband’s trial, but now that Phil Spector has been convicted of murder, Rachelle Spector is free to talk to the media. The 28-year-old tells the Los Angeles Times she’s no trophy wife—“I don't take anything from my... 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 »

Spector's Kid Seems as Crazy as Spector

Memoir pitch reveals sordid details about dad's 'lady' friend

(Newser) - Phil Spector’s son had as interesting an upbringing as one might imagine. In his memoir proposal, the Post reports, Louis Spector recalls a night involving “a bottle of wine, a Playboy magazine," and one of dad’s “lady” friends: “That night I lost my innocence,... 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 »

I Like Ike, Says Spector, But I Hate His Enemies

Eulogy takes aim at Tina, Oprah, others

(Newser) - Phil Spector gave an impromptu and rambling—but highly entertaining—eulogy at pal Ike Turner's funeral in which he took potshots at Tina, Oprah, Whoopi, and even Eric Clapton, Fox News reports. Spector glorified Turner—“Ike could play circles around Eric Clapton and Eric knew it”—and vilified... 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 Threatened in Myspace Post

Police probe message as jury deliberates in murder trial

(Newser) - Police are investigating a Myspace web posting which contained an implied threat to the judge in the murder trial of comedian Phil Spector, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The evil judge should die" read the post on a page credited to "Official Team Spector."  The message... 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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