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Phil Spector Convicted of Murder, Will Likely Die in Prison


Music producer Phil Spector "sat with his hands shaking, looking down at the table before him" as he was found guilty late yesterday, The Guardian reports:

"The Los Angeles jury spent nearly nine days deliberating over the case in which the prosecution portrayed Spector, 68, as a misogynist with a history of pulling guns and 'playing Russian roulette with the lives of women' while drunk. Prosecutors said it was only by a miracle that Clarkson, star of the cult film Barbarian Queen, was the first to die. Spector was taken to prison to await a sentence next month of at least 18 years following his conviction for second-degree murder at his mansion six years ago. However long he remains in prison, the trial has destroyed the reputation of one of the most influential music producers of the 60s, who pioneered the "wall of sound" with groups such as the Ronettes and went on to work closely with some of the most renowned musicians of the next two decades, from the Beatles to the Ramones. Spector's wife, Rachelle, sobbed as the decision was announced.

Freaky mugshot, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Why is there a character from Tron at his trial?

    Posted by: Will | Apr 14, 2009 10:18:03 AM

  2. Will, that's Cortana.

    Posted by: Pender | Apr 14, 2009 10:23:56 AM

  3. I still can't believe he tried to argue poor Lana Clarkson committed SUICIDE at his house. You have to give American defense lawyers props for trying anything. I just wonder if anyone has any character anymore. Do murderers ever just fess up and say I did it?

    PS May he rot in hell.

    Posted by: Freddy | Apr 14, 2009 10:32:14 AM

  4. Wow. Scarecrow.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Apr 14, 2009 11:15:29 AM

  5. May Lana Clarkson rest in peace.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Apr 14, 2009 12:20:36 PM

  6. This verdict is so unfair! OJ got to kill someone and so did Robert Blake. Since this is the first person that Phil has ever killed anybody I think maybe a fine or community service would be sufficient.

    Posted by: B | Apr 14, 2009 1:17:29 PM

  7. Essentially he was convicted on the basis of that hairstyle alone... he is crazy and should be institutionalized but prison... seems a bit unfair generally esp for someone who is so elderly to begin with... so sad!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Apr 14, 2009 1:29:29 PM

  8. So sad on so many counts...

    Personally, I don't think he'll serve a minute of jail time--he'll pull a "Kenneth Lay": a sudden "stroke" and then he's dead.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 14, 2009 5:59:52 PM

  9. A sad end for a great achiever.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 14, 2009 7:07:44 PM

  10. Next to his mugshot, the most fright-inducing fact for me is that I'm old enough to remember (if only as a young child) all those acts he produced or promoted. Now I must be off to choose between warm milk or prune juice.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Apr 14, 2009 9:51:55 PM

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