Date: Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 2:29 AM
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Is this unbelievable?
If we agree with our President that Guantanamo should be closed—despite the inevitable release of persons that we “know,” but cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt—are terrorists, then we should have no hesitation about affording Phillip Spector a full and fair opportunity to defend himself against murder charges.
Juries, except in the minds of a vast group of Archie Bunkers and television ‘journalists,’ are not stupid or easily fooled. To the contrary, today’s juries are jaded, cynical, and on the alert for artifice—particularly from the defense.This guy should have been in jail already! It's pathetic that he's been free for another year and the Clarkson family has had to go through another trial.
"I think I killed somebody" says everything you need to know.
Rest in Peace, Lana.Are there a separate set of judges for rich people?? It sure seems like it.This comment is to Stephen Gianelli:
Those of us who knew Lana, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she did not kill herself. And there are many of us in this town who knew her.
Lana would never have "fooled around" with a pistol, as the defense would have us believe. Period. Lana was not depressed, she was certainly not suicidal - in fact, she was looking forward to work, parties, good times with friends. One doesn't pay one's income tax, buy 8 pairs of shoes, RSVP a wedding and agree to do a shoot in 10 days, because there is no point in living.
Whether the gun went off accidentally or whether Phil Spector lost his temper and pulled the trigger - he caused her death.
He needs to admit he made a horrible mistake and beg the Clarkson family's forgiveness. Maybe if he does, the courts will be easy on him, given that he's 76 years old.
Friends of Lana's
Dear Friends of Lana's:
I am sorry for your loss.
I had a high school friend, Scott, in an intimate graduating class of 65 kids, who spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with unsuspecting friends and family, and with the first opportunity to do so, walked into a field after the Christmas Day meal and shot himself through the head with a handgun.
None of Scott’s friends would have believed him capable of spontaneously doing this either. But he did, breaking our hearts.
The death of your friend in high school must have been quite shocking and our hearts go out to survivors and families of these tragedies.
But Lana wasn't a high school boy. And she didn't kill herself.
It's very unusual for a woman to shoot herself, much less in the face.
And Spector has a history of this threatening behavior to women who wouldn't do what he wanted.
And he walked out and to a witness who had nothing to win or lose, so could just tell the truth, Spector said "I think I killed somebody."
And *someone* wiped the gun down. Lana didn't come back from the dead and do it. There wasn't anyone else in the house.
And Spector took a shower, and destroyed other evidence.
And the blood droplets put him within a 3-foot radius of her body.
His DNA on her breast.....
We've probably omitted some evidence, but when you put it all together the only thing he's got going is to besmirch the name of a dead woman.
And that's pathetic.
Give it up Phil - tell the truth for once.
Dearest Good Witches:
I can only imagine the grief you are experiencing as a result of the death of your friend Lana.
For this reason I decline your implied invitation to engage you with respect to your one-sided view of the evidence, except to say that each and every item you cite is either not in evidence or is disputed.
To everyone else in a position to be objective, please keep in mind that the defense case just started today, and just because Phillip Spector may be a loathsome human being does not mean that we should abandon our principles as a nation by abrogating the Rule of Law in favor of mob rule.
Dear God in Heaven I pray Justice is served and P.Spector receives a
GUILTY VERDICT.....THE RICH ARE SURE ABLE TO SPIN THE TRUTH, AND LET THIS GUY WALK, GOD HELP US.
Doesn't anyone pay attention, Spector always kept the keys to the door.
THE DRIVER, MR. DE SOUSA HEARD HIM CORRECTLY!!!!
WHAT THIS AND ALL THE OTHER TRIAL IS COSTING CA. IS REDICULOUS.
LOCK HIM UP AND THROW THE KEY AWAY! JUSTICE FOR LANA....RIP!!!
Respectfully jjThe key question, once agian, is whether a California jury can convict a celebrity of a major crime. Our jury system requires a unanimous verdict and getting 12 jurors to agree to what to have for lunch is a daunting enough task; getting them to agree to convict someone of murder using the standard "beyond a reasonable doubt" is extremely tough. Add to that the celebrity factor and the vast financial resources available for hiring top experts and jury consultants and it becomes near impossible to obtain a conviction. As skilled as the prosecution may be, it is going to be a challenge for them , no matter how overwhelming the evidence may be.Dear Amy:
Everyone assumes that there is a ‘celebrity factor’ at work in certain murder trials.
That may be true for ‘celebrities’ who have a positive public image (like OJ Simpson before his arrest on LA County Murder Charges), but the hard drinking, gun toting Phillip Spector (who once reputedly pulled a gun on John Lennon) hardly has a positive public image. Far from it.
Nor does a defendant’s ability to match the prosecution in investigate and expert witness firepower (including the entire FBI Crime Lab and the California Depart of Justice forensics laboratory, and scores of investigators, if needed) translate into a defense advantage. The vast array of available prosecution investigators and expert witnesses have built in credibility and are only getting their salary. Qualified defense experts do not work for free, yet juries are skeptical toward well paid defense experts.
The reason that this is a tough case for the prosecution is that the physical evidence is equivocal, and under the highly unique circumstances of this case —regardless of what is more likely to have happened—Lana Clarkson was tragically obsessed with a movie career or “bust,” she had virtually no hope of making it, she was so desperate to cling to her dream she forged well wishing notes from celebrity producers for her scrapbook (“Congratulations kid, you made it”), she had a history of depression, and it is at least plausible that she took her own life in that foyer, as unlikely as that may be. If that is reasonably possible, then Spector must be acquitted.
And can we doubt that going home with an obviously amorous, intoxicated 68 year old, time ravaged Phillip Spector that night was tantamount to “rock bottom” for a beautiful woman like Lana Clarkson? Who is to say what she was spontaneously capable of, if Spector rebuffed her career hopes in the crude manner that he has exhibited in similar situations, as proven ad nausium by the prosecution?
Finally, did a chauffeur with limited English language abilities, who as testified that he often misunderstood Spector due to the language barrier, correctly overhear Spector’s alleged admission (“I think I just killed somebody”) over the fountain noise, and if he did, what exactly did Spector mean by that?
All of the pieces of this complex puzzle will be decided by a jury not necessarily enamored with Phillip Spector, but who will probably set aside passion and prejudice as they have been instructed to do and decide whether the prosecution has met its evidentiary burden beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury acquits it will be for that reason, and not because Phillip Spector is a “celebrity”.Oh, come on Stepen Gianelli. Utter hogwash. I once interviewed Dee Dee Ramone and he told me Spector pulled a gun on him.
Spector did it and he knows he did it and so does that unctuous lawyer of his (who by the way is not looking too confident these days.)
Spector will be convicted. Mark my words.When someone says " I think I killed somebody" it means " I think I klled somebody.
Stephan Gianelli, you are no Perry Mazon.
Case closed.Good for you Sally......I do not think anyone in their right mind can think Spector is not guilty. He is a has been....the wall of sound should be Solitary Confinement!! Guilty Verdict. He has been free long enough, my heart goes out to the Clarkson family. I hope all his guns are confiscated??
Let us get this trial over with, and oh by the way as far as the fountain goes I have one and it goes on low at night. In fact it can be on a timer to go off for a period of time.
Good luck to the Prosecution.