Jury Sworn In For Eccentric, Trigger-Happy Record Producer’s Murder Trial
And away we go. The jury has been sworn in to kick off Phil Spector’s murder trial . He’s accused of shooting B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his manse. And let me tell ya this much, if bad haircuts were the charge – he might want to consider an insanity plea. He went from huge Marie Antoinette-type wig pile to frosted Beach Boy bangs. How did he not get the shit smacked out of him in the lockup?
A jury of nine men and three women was sworn in Thursday after four days of questioning, in which the 100 or so remaining prospective jurors were quizzed down by both the prosecution and the defense in order to root out bias, personal feelings and other preconceived notions in order to ensure that Spector receives a fair trial. (As much as is possible when you’re dealing with human beings, of course.)
For instance, one of the selected jurors has been identified as an NBC producer who admitted to being knowledgeable about the case but said that he feels he can still be fair in determining whether Spector murdered Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003, in his Alhambra home.
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The Wall of Sound creator pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1 million bail since being arraigned in November 2003.
Oh, and by the way – this took four years to get to trial. Justice is a slow process. If you ever get a chance, check out the Malcolm McDowell-narrated documentary “The Compleat Beatles”. There’s a part that talks about how Spector took over the producing chores on “Let It Be”. They show one photo of him where he’s in his studio, staring at the camera and he looks so scary that I wouldn’t doubt for a second that he’d be blowing heads off. I had to fast-forward. A scary photo does not a killer make, but they have a good case with charging him with being BAAL, EATER OF CHILDREN! *shudder*