Mistrial Declared In Phil Spector Trial
September 27, 2007 at 5:38 AM (PT)
The jury in the PHIL SPECTOR murder trial announced WEDNESDAY (9/26) that it was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. Jurors had met for about 44 hours over 12 days since getting the case SEPTEMBER 10th. The foreman noted that the "inability to reach a decision is controversial to most."
"Even on the jury there's deep regret that we were unable to reach a unanimous verdict," said the foreman, one of three jurors who spoke to reporters later. None gave their names. "We would have liked to have a psychological profile of LANA CLARKSON," another juror said. "The people who voted not guilty were arguing whether she was suicidal."
Prosecutors said they would seek to retry SPECTOR, and a hearing was set for OCTOBER 3rd.
SPECTOR rose to fame in the 1960s with the "Wall of Sound" recording technique, which revolutionized pop music. Early in his career, he produced hits including "He's a Rebel" and "Be My Baby," which made pop stars of the Crystals and the Ronettes. Later, after the BEATLES shelved the tapes from some of their last recording sessions, he turned them into their final album, 1970's "Let it Be." From there, he went on to produce critically acclaimed solo albums by JOHN LENNON and GEORGE HARRISON. He also co-wrote and produced the BEN E. KING standard "Spanish Harlem" and the RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," cited by BMI as the most-played song in the history of American radio.