Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Phil Spector in Court: "Rip [Him] To Shreds"? 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
"Yeah, that's [his] own hair..."

No, not really...but jury selection for legendary music producer Phil Spector's murder trial in connection with the February 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson has begun, with the proceedings to be writ large on Court TV beginning April 24th. According to Slate, the trial promises to be a true "showpiece":
For sheer trashiness, the demise of Anna Nicole Smith has nothing on the death-by-gunshot of fading exploitation-flick goddess Lana Clarkson in Spector's foyer. Spector's lawyer will argue that Clarkson killed herself. The prosecutor will argue that Spector killed Clarkson. The evidence that's surfaced publicly tilts pretty heavily against Spector, but a few stray facts tilt the other way, and of course Spector has hired some pretty high-priced legal talent, making the trial's outcome a matter of some suspense. Every theory about what happened the night of Clarkson's death seems improbable. How exactly did Clarkson die? All we can feel reasonably certain about before opening arguments begin April 24 is that the answer will be squalid. [read complete article]
Spector's hair alone is worth getting cable for; and in the new BBC photos he appears to have had "a little work" for his big performance. How interesting will it all get? Slate has a taste.
According to the grand jury testimony of a police officer named Derek Gilliam, Spector told Gilliam that Clarkson took Spector's gun, waved it over her head like a lariat, and sang "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." Then Clarkson put the gun to her temple and pulled the trigger.

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