1. Lana Clarkson Publicist Pickets Screening of HBO's 'Phil Spector'

    March 15, 2013 5:09 AM EDT Friends of slain actress Lana Clarkson protested outside a screening of the HBO film Phil Spector on Thursday, charging the Al Pacino-toplined project with implying that she committed suicide. Clarkson was found dead in 2003 inside the Alhambra ma ...

  2. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 8:22 AM EST 0 0 0 A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larry ...

  3. Phil Spector Murder Conviction Appeal Rejected

    May 03, 2011 3:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 P hil Spector's murder conviction was upheld on Monday by a California appeals court, ensuring the famed music producer will remain behind bars for killing actress Lana Clarkson. The ruling by a three-justice panel from California's 2nd Di ...

  4. California Court Rejects Phil Spector Appeal

    May 02, 2011 9:15 PM EDT A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past. ...

  5. Phil Spector Murder Case Set for Appeals Arguments

    April 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT While legendary music producer Phil Spector sits in prison, his lawyers are poised to urge an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction and grant a new trial on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Oral ar ...

  6. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the ...

  7. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of Phil Spector 's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour inte ...

  8. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Phil Spector's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour int ...

  9. Phil Spector Produces New Album -- For Wife

    May 25, 2010 7:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector has produced his first major recording project in 30 years -- a debut album for his wife Rachelle, her publicist said. Spector, 70, who is serving a minimum 19 years in prison for the 2003 shooting death of a Hollywood actress, produced ...

  10. Appeal Filed In Phil Spector Case

    March 12, 2010 7:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Lawyers for Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed Wednesday (March 10), the attorneys cite ...

  11. Appeal Filed In Phil Spector Case

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lawyers for Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed Wednesday (March 10), the attorneys ci ...

  12. Phil Spector Gets At Least 19 Years For Murder

    May 29, 2009 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eccentric music producer Phil Spector was given a sentence of 19 years to life in prison on Friday for the murder of a Hollywood actress in 2003. Spector, 69, who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s with his layered "Wall of Sound" produ ...

  13. Spector Gets 19 Years To Life For Clarkson's Death

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Phil Spector was barely a blip on the American celebrity radar screen. Although his music lived on, his name and face were only dimly recalled by rock music aficionados until a shooting at his Alhambra mansion propelled him to notor ...

  14. Phil Spector Seeks Reduced Prison Term

    May 28, 2009 7:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 A lawyer for Phil Spector said in a court document filed Wednesday that the music producer maintains he did not kill actress Lana Clarkson and is not responsible for her death. Attorney Doron Weinberg wrote in a memorandum to the sentencing judge, h ...

  15. Update: LA Jury Convicts Phil Spector In Murder Of Actress

    April 14, 2009 8:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two trials involving one legendary music producer. The first jury couldn't reach an unanimous decision, but the second found Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Six years after Clarkson wa ...

  16. Phil Spector Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago. A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberation ...

  17. Phil Spector Jury Starts Deliberating Murder Charge

    March 26, 2009 7:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fate of music producer Phil Spector was put in the hands of the jury on Thursday after a five month retrial on charges that he murdered a Hollywood actress in his Los Angeles home. Spector, 69, denies murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, 40, ...

  18. Forensics Prove Phil Spector Innocent Of Murder: Lawyer

    March 25, 2009 8:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Forensic evidence in music producer Phil Spector's murder retrial proves he is not guilty of the shooting death of a Hollywood actress six years ago, his lawyer told the jury on Tuesday. Making his closing arguments after a five-month long retr ...

  19. Prosecutor Calls Phil Spector 'A Demonic Maniac' In Closing Argument

    March 24, 2009 9:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 A prosecutor told a jury that Phil Spector's history of violence against women was like a game of Russian roulette that ended with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his hilltop mansion. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors ...

  20. Defense Rests In Phil Spector Murder Retrial

    March 13, 2009 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector's defense attorney rested his case Thursday in the music producer's murder retrial involving the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler advised Spector of his right to testify, but he c ...

  21. Ronettes Singer Estelle Bennett Dies At 67

    February 13, 2009 2:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Estelle Bennett , one of the Ronettes , the singing trio whose 1963 hit " Be My Baby " epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. Bennett' ...

  22. Jurors To Tour Spector Home Despite Objections

    January 27, 2009 11:14 AM EST 0 0 0 Music producer Phil Spector's second jury will tour his Alhambra, Calif., mansion where actress Lana Clarkson died of a gunshot wound, just as the first jury did, despite prosecution objections. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler rejected t ...

  23. Prosecution Rests Case In Phil Spector Retrial

    January 22, 2009 7:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Prosecutors rested their case today (Jan. 22) in the murder retrial of legendary music producer Phil Spector. The final prosecution witness was Donna Clarkson, mother of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot through the mouth at S ...

  24. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 ...

  25. Testimony Opens In Spector Murder Retrial

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A security guard for Joan Rivers testified today (Nov. 3) that music producer Phil Spector was ejected from two of the star's Christmas parties for brandishing a gun and declaring that all women shoul A security guard for Joan Rivers testified ...

  26. Jury Selected For Phil Spector Murder Retrial

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A jury of seven men and five women was selected today (Oct. 23) for music producer Phil Spector's retrial on charges of murdering an actress in 2003, and opening statements are expected to begin next A jury of seven men and five women was selec ...

  27. Jury Selection Underway In Phil Spector Retrial

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jury selection began today (Oct. 20) in Los Angeles for the murder retrial of music producer Phil Spector, who is accused of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion five years ago. Jury selection began today (Oct. 20) in Los Angeles for the mur ...

  28. Spector Murder Trial Nearing Jury Selection

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A witness at Phil Spector's murder retrial will be allowed to testify that the record producer used incendiary language about women and once stated that they should be shot, a judge has ruled. A witness at Phil Spector's murder retrial wil ...

  29. Appeals Court: Spector Retrial Can Proceed

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 An California appeals court panel has rejected a request to halt the retrial of Phil Spector, the music producer accused of killing an actress in 2003. An California appeals court panel has rejected a request to halt the retrial of Phil Spector, the ...

  30. Prosecutors Oppose Motions In Spector Retrial

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jurors in Phil Spector's upcoming murder retrial should be allowed to hear testimony about blood evidence and the autopsy of the actress he is accused of shooting, prosecutors argued in court document Jurors in Phil Spector's upcoming murd ...

  31. Phil Spector To Be Re-Tried For Murder

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A Los Angeles judge today (May 22) set a September date for pioneering rock producer Phil Spector's second trial on charges that he murdered actress Lana Clarkson in the foyer of his mock castle in 20 A Los Angeles judge today (May 22) set a Se ...

  32. This Day in Music

    February 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The first new music to emerge from the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey split comes from Lachey, in the form of the ballad "What's Left of Me." The track premieres at 12:01 AM ET via AOL Music. 2006 - The first new music to emerge f ...

  33. This Day in Music

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" goes straight to 2005 - Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 ...

  34. Spector Seeks New Legal Team For Retrial

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector is seeking a new legal team for his retrial on a charge of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, his attorneys told a California court today (Oct. 3). Phil Spector is seeking a new legal team for his retrial on a charge of murdering actress ...

  35. L.A. Planning To Re-Try Spector For Murder

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The specter of Phil Spector will haunt Hollywood well into 2008. Yesterday (Sept. 26), the judge presiding over the legendary "Wall of Sound" producer's murder trial declared a mistrial after jurors i The specter of Phil Spector will ...

  36. Mistrial Declared In Phil Spector Murder Trial

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector ended in a mistrial today (Sept. 26) because of a deadlocked jury. The mistrial came on the 12th day of deliberations on whether Spector murdered actres The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector ...

  37. Mistrial Declared In Phil Spector Murder Trial

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector ended in a mistrial today because of a deadlocked jury. The mistrial came on the 12th day of deliberations on whether Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson more than four and a half years ago. The 1 ...

  38. Spector Judge's Move Seen To Invite Appeal

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jury deliberations in Phil Spector's murder trial remained suspended today (Sept. 20) as the judge struggled to help the deadlocked panel reach a verdict. Jury deliberations in Phil Spector's murder trial remained suspended today (Sept. 20 ...

  39. Judge: No Lesser Charge In Spector Murder Case

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The judge in record producer Phil Spector's murder trial decided today (Sept. 19) not to allow the deadlocked jury to consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. The judge in record producer Phil Spector's murder trial decided to ...

  40. Spector Jury Says It's At An Impasse

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The foreman of the jury in Phil Spector's murder trial told the judge today (Sept. 18) that the panel is at an impasse of 7 to 5, but he did not indicate which way it was leaning. "At this time I don' The foreman of the jury in Phil S ...

  41. Judge: Jurors At Impasse In Phil Spector Trial

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors in Phil Spector's murder trial have indicated they believe they are at an impasse, the judge said today (Sept. 18) after the panel sent a note in its seventh day of deliberations. The record producer is charged with second-degree murde ...

  42. Phil Spector Murder Case Goes To Jury

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The murder case against record producer Phil Spector went to the jury today (Sept. 10) after Spector's wife sparred with the judge over a gag order and Spector himself publicly denied he had criticize The murder case against record producer Phi ...

  43. Happenstance Leads Hargo To Phil Spector

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 He didn't know it at the time, but when 22-year-old songwriter Hargo sent his music to fellow admirer of John Lennon's catalog, it set off a string of events that earned him production contributions f He didn't know it at the time, bu ...

  44. Testimony Ends In Phil Spector Trial

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 y The final day of testimony in Phil Spe ...

  45. Lead Phil Spector Lawyer Leaves Case

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector's often-absent lead lawyer, Bruce Cutler, announced today (Aug. 27) that he is leaving the music producer's murder case because of "a difference of opinion between Mr. Spector and me on s Phil Spector's often-absent ...

  46. Clarkson's Mother Testifies At Spector Trial

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The night before she died at Phil Spector's mansion, actress Lana Clarkson went shopping with her mother and bought seven new pairs of shoes, according to testimony prosecutors used to counter defense The night before she died at Phil Spector&# ...

  47. Phil Spector Jurors Visit Crime Scene

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jurors visited Phil Spector's California mansion today (Aug. 9) to get a firsthand look at the place where actress Lana Clarkson died four years ago. Jurors visited Phil Spector's California mansion today (Aug. 9) to get a firsthand look a ...

  48. Woman Refutes Testimony At Spector Trial

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A woman who said Lana Clarkson was her best friend for 20 years testified yesterday (Aug. 2) at Phil Spector's murder trial, refuting testimony by another witness that Clarkson was depressed around th A woman who said Lana Clarkson was her best ...

  49. Spector Defense Witness Grilled About Fatal Shot

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With her dying gasp after being shot through the mouth, actress Lana Clarkson may have breathed out blood that spattered on Phil Spector's jacket, a forensic pathologist testified yesterday (July 26) With her dying gasp after being shot through ...

  50. Judge Denies Motion From Spector Lawyers

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After losing a bid to dismiss murder charges against Phil Spector, defense attorneys pressed ahead in their attempts to show actress Lana Clarkson shot herself out of despair her career was fading. After losing a bid to dismiss murder charges agains ...

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