Phil Spector Appeal Turned Down
May 2, 2011 at 5:14 PM (PT)
PHIL SPECTOR's appeal to overturn his murder conviction was rejected by a CALIFORNIA appeals court, the AP reports. The three-member panel of the state 2nd DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL upheld the conviction in an 81-page decision.
The court ruled it was permissible for prosecutors to call women who said SPECTOR had threatened them with guns in the past. The judges also dismissed the notion that a despondent LANA CLARKSON was might have killed herself with a gun at SPECTOR's home. In addition, the judges found there was neither judicial nor prosecutorial misconduct at the trial, and that the testimony of five women who claimed SPECTOR threatened them with guns was properly admitted, even though some of the incidents dated back 30 years.
The opinion was written by appellate Justice JOAN DEMPSEY KLEIN and was endorsed by Justices PATTI KITCHINGS and RICHARD D. ALDRICH