Lee's got the "Talk to my lawyer" princess glare downThe young Calabassas hoodlums known as the Bling Ring -- who glamorously raided the homes of equally young, unequally loaded celebrities for whatever their hearts desired in 2008 and 2009 -- just saw their ringleader skip off scot-free. As ... More >>
The Man, The Myth, The HairRolling Stone reports that Phil Spector's lawyers have appealed his 2009 conviction for the murder of Lana Clarkson at his house in 2003. His lawyers have requested a new trial on the grounds of "judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct": In papers filed Wednes ... More >>
Spector faces civil suit next
11:04 a.m. Dept. 106, Standing Room OnlyPhil Spector has just entered the courtroom wearing a 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 th ... More >>
And then he was gone, like Don Giovanni pulled into the underworld by the commendatore's ghost
In the end, the jurors for Phil Spector's second murder trial did what the first jury did: They let Judge Larry Paul Fidler know their deliberations had reached a conclusion -- but late enough in the morning so that they would get one more catered lunch out of the case. The two panels' denouements w ... More >>
As far as murder juries go, Phil Spector's second panel doesn't seem to be knocking itself out. They got the case on the afternoon of March 26 and almost immediately took off on a four-day weekend for the Cesar Chavez holiday. When jurors returned on April 1 it was to learn that one of their number ... More >>
The final arguments: Shifting sand dunes, or rock-solid mountains?
From Criminal Courts Building, Dept. 106Pre-trial hearing. Doron Weinberg complaining about not being told yesterday that Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson was going to run 30 minutes past the closing hour of 4 p.m. with his closing rebuttal argument. Turns out Jackson had previously informed Ju ... More >>
Well, it didn't take long for that AP logo to get pulled off the podium mike that Doron Weinberg's been using. Possibly fearing that the podium could soon resemble a NASCAR pace car plastered with corporate logos, Alan Parachini, the chief public information officer for the Superior Courts, had th ... More >>
Like Woodrow Wilson, Doron Weinberg had 14 points he wanted to share with his audience. These had nothing to do with the status of Alsace-Lorraine, however, but with the emotional state of Lana Clarkson, the House of Blues VIP hostess who took a one-way ride to music producer Phil Spector's mansion ... More >>
From Superior Court, Department 106Defense lawyer Doron Weinberg has begun his closing argument on behalf of Phil Spector. Prior to the entrance of the jury in the second-degree murder trial, Weinberg had protested a video shown yesterday by prosecutor Truc Do, in which Judge Larry Paul Fidler appea ... More >>
Yesterday I wasn't feeling the star power of Deputy District Attorney Truc Do, after watching the first hour or so of her closing argument. Do, who has co-prosecuted several high-profile cases over the past few years, including the Santa Monica Black Widows murder case and the Chester Turner serial ... More >>
Murder Takes a Holiday L.A. County homicides are down 15 percent from last year, according to the Coroner's office. The Sheriff's Department cites greater funding for increased patrols as one reason for the decline. San Gabriel Valley TribuneSparta Beats Troy USC lost its bid to upset the Michigan S ... More >>
When Phil Spector, his wife Rachelle and Spector's bodyguard emerged from their black Lexus this morning, it was, finally, to an awaiting squad of TV news cameramen huddled at the top of the Superior Court's pedestrian ramp. After half a year of testimony that went largely ignored by the media, Sp ... More >>
The murder retrial of music-producing legend Phil Spector resumed today with the momentary return of Dominick Dunne, the Vanity Fair correspondent who'd sat through the first trial in all its melodramatic glory. Dunne arrived at Department 106 this morning solely for pleasure and had not come to tow ... More >>
When jurors in the first Phil Spector murder trial toured his Alhambra mansion two years ago, their visit occurred on a witheringly hot day. Today the jury in Spector II, however, was spared those high temperatures as it examined the now-infamous foyer where police found the body of actress/House of ... More >>
It's an almost forgotten fact, but the murder retrial of legendary pop music producer Phil Spector, 68, is still unfolding in Judge Larry Fidler's downtown courtroom. You may remember that Spector's five-member legal team managed to win him a hung jury in 2007 -- leading to Spector II, which began a ... More >>
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A slow trial suddenly goes ballistic
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