Phil Spector Sentencing Has Begun
11:04 a.m. Dept. 106, Standing Room Only
Phil Spector has just entered the courtroom wearing a dark gray chalk-striped suit, with red tie and handkerchief. Judge Larry Paul Fidler as taken the bench. Alan Jackson is here for the prosecution although co-prosecutor Truc Do is absent. Doron Weinberg is here for the defense, as is Dennis Riordan -- both attorneys are from San Francisco.
Donna Clarkson is now addressing the judge. In a sad but steady voice she tells him how cherished her daughter, Lana, was to her family and friends. She says Lana knew from the age three was going to be an actress. "In 2003 Lana was taken from us -- no one should suffer the loss of a child." She says she trusts the court to be fair and thanks the court.
Doron Weinberg now speaks. He says he sympathizes with Clarkson's family but that the evidence brought out in trial did not prove Spector's guilt. He asks that Fidler impose a three-year term for his use of a gun, 15 years for the murder conviction, totaling 18 years. The prosecution has already requested a 19-year sentence, with four years for the firearm charge.
Deputy D.A. Alan Jackson is now speaking to support the prosecution's position on the sentence, calling Spector "a serious danger to society."