Lawyer Off Case As Phil Spector Trial Wraps Up
August 28, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
The final day of testimony in PHIL SPECTOR's trial began dramatically, with the music producer's often-absent lead defense lawyer announcing that he was leaving the case.
BRUCE CUTLER stood in court MONDAY, five months after the trial's testimony phase began with jury selection, and told the judge in the case that he had "a difference of opinion" with SPECTOR on strategy.
"There's nothing I can do for Mr. SPECTOR," he said. "I can no longer effectively represent him."
SPECTOR later told reporters outside court he decided that CUTLER, who had been absent for several weeks while taping a syndicated TV show, "shouldn't do the closing argument because it wouldn't be in my best interest."