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Phil Spector get 19 years to life
May 30, 2009
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Darned OJ has ruined it for everyone, now nobody can get away with anything! Laugh

Is it me, or does anyone else think its a little odd a 28 year old woman could have anything in common with this nutcase beyond his money? With 11 gun complaints and one dead attractive woman on the porch, why wouldn;t she run as fast as possible?

Phil Spector gets 19 years to life for actress' murder

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Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Music producer Phil Spector, center, and his attorney Dennis Riordan appear in a courtroom for Spector's sentencing in Los Angeles. More photos >>>
In a quiet end to the 6-year-old case, the legendary music producer is told that he will not be eligible for parole until 2028, when he would be 88.
By Harriet Ryan
8:45 PM PDT, May 29, 2009
Phil Spector stared straight ahead. It was the appointed hour for the legendary music producer's six-year murder case to come to a close and the courtroom was packed with reporters, fans and detractors eager to hear his sentence. But he did not look at the judge, take notes or whisper to his lawyer.

For Spector, it seemed, it wasn't worth it. A life sentence is mandatory for second-degree murder and the only decision before the judge Friday was whether Spector, 69, should have his first parole hearing in 2027, 2028 or 2034.

Photos: In pictures: Phil Spector L.A. Now: Local breaking news blogComplete coverage of Spector's trials

After listening to arguments, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler chose 2028. As the judge told Spector that he would have to serve at least 19 years in prison -- at which time he would be 88 -- he remained stoic.

Spector declined an opportunity to address the court and moments later, surrounded by court officers, he shuffled out a side door.

It was a quiet end to a legal proceeding that has intrigued the public since Feb. 3, 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was shot to death in the foyer of Spector's Alhambra mansion.

A jury convicted him of Clarkson's murder last month, a year and a half after another panel had deadlocked.

A prosecutor called the sentence "a message" that justice is blind in Los Angeles even when the defendant is a music icon. "No matter your fame or your wealth or your supposed celebrity, you will stand trial and you will be held accountable," Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson said.

Spector's lawyer said his client was focused on his appeal and eager to get through the sentencing so he could move to a prison facility nicer than the jail where he has been held since the conviction.

Before the sentencing, Clarkson's mother, Donna, a constant presence at both trials, told the judge that her heartbreak over her daughter's death was intensified because of the way she was portrayed in court. The defense painted the 40-year-old as a failed actress who killed herself while battling depression.

Donna Clarkson, dressed in a black suit adorned with a ribbon of leopard skin -- her daughter's favorite fashion accent -- said she often wanted to interrupt the proceedings to defend her daughter's memory.

"I am very proud of Lana and the wonderful and special person she was," she said. Her voice choking, she added, "All our plans together are destroyed. Now I can only visit her in the cemetery."

"I miss you so," she whispered. With the criminal case over, her wrongful-death suit against Spector will proceed in civil court.

Spector's attorney said the defense sympathized with the Clarkson family's loss, but insisted that Spector was innocent. "The evidence did not establish Mr. Spector's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," Doron Weinberg told the judge.

Five jurors who convicted Spector attended the sentencing and exchanged glances as the defense lawyer argued against their verdict.

The defense did not file a routine motion asking that the judge grant a new trial instead of proceeding with the sentencing. Such motions are almost never granted, but Fidler said he had found an old case suggesting that the defense was required to make the request.

Weinberg, who made no secret of his disdain for the judge's evidentiary rulings during the trial, said he didn't see any point in raising the issues again, but agreed to make the motion orally.

"For all the erroneous rulings the court made . . . we move for a new trial," the lawyer said.

Fidler smiled, then denied the San Francisco lawyer's motion. The judge also ordered Spector to pay about $26,000 for Clarkson's funeral expenses and the cost of counseling provided to her mother and sister.

Jackson, the prosecutor, spent years preparing and trying the case, but never got to question Spector, who did not to testify in his own defense.

He said the only thing he had to say to Spector would require traveling back in time to the morning that Clarkson was shot: "Take the gun out of your hand, sir. She doesn't deserve this."

Despite Spector's age and failing health -- he had surgery this week for precancerous polyps in his throat -- the prosecutor said he felt no sympathy for him.

"He's getting exactly what he deserved," Jackson said.

Spector's 28-year-old wife, Rachelle, told reporters that she was dedicated to getting her husband "out of that awful place and home where he belongs."

She decried the prosecutor's portrait of her husband as "a monster."

"He is the most kind and gentle and giving man I have ever met in my life," she said.

harriet.ryan@latimes.com

May 30, 2009
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Too bad, his contributions to Rock N' Roll were some of the greatest.

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May 30, 2009
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Thats very true, when you hear about all the songs and groups we all enjoyed growing up that came from him. It just goes to proove, how fame and fortune can be very distructive again, and the list of tradgedy is neverending. How someone can climb to the top of the mountain and end up so deep in the valleys is hard to imagine. We hear it everyday. The real tradgedy is for 6 years the focus has been on Specter and the vision of this person, while the dead woman seems to be a faded memory. Spectors attorneys will apeal, and the focus has been to proove this poor girl shot herself on his front porch. Its a sad world when people will stoop to this level of no decency nor sence of responsibility. To the Specters and OJ's of the world, they seem to be clueless and somehow convinced they have been the victims.

May 30, 2009
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How does that freak even manage to lure these beautiful women to his house? Yeah I know he's got money but damn, money ain't everything. Dude walks around looking as if he's licking his finger and sticking it into every electrical outlet he sees. Laugh

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May 30, 2009
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im actually shocked he got anything!!!

but when you walk out of a house and tell your limo driver "i think i killed her", thats pretty damning.

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May 30, 2009
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He will get a new trial, and get out on bail, and it will drag on and on.

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May 31, 2009
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Billy, I don;t think so. This was his 2nd trial. People on death row get all kinds of apppeals but don't get a lot of retrials. People who do no gt the death penalty, have a very slim chance of retrials. I wouldn't be suprized to see an appeal, but those take quite a while to get to be herd. OJ is being herd right now for appeal, and i think he went to Prison before Christmas. I don;t think either one has a chance of a retrial. If they get it, its is because fame and fortune gets the best defence, where nobodys like me and you will sit and rot waiting.

May 31, 2009
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He has money and judges like money.

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June 1, 2009
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Spector killed her end of story.

June 1, 2009
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Exactly right, end of story.

He had 2 trials that were like a rape defence to demonize the victim, which worked on the first trial, but not the 2nd. People like Spector think the rules do not apply to him, and his antics with loaded guns finally caught up with him. I wonder if so many other women came forward to say the same thing happened to them with him, how many still kept silent? Better yet how many did he possibly kill and dump someplace else? How many women did he intimidate the same way, rape them, and have them leave in fear this nut would kill them if they talked.

Spector got exactly what he deserves.

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