Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Phil Spector Retrial: Day Fifty-one

The Phil Spector trial is dark again today. At this moment, as far as I know, court resumes on Wednesday.

31 comments:

Carol L Beck said...

Sprocket:

Is Weinberg the same attorney who came in at the end of trial 1 to help with the jury instructions?

Carol

molardoc said...

My wife and I watched every minute of the first Spector trial and was devastated when that idiot engineer hung the jury by being wwwaaaayyy too analytical! Surely, there is no such unreasonable person on current jury. Is Judge Larry Fidler the same judge in the Anna Nicole Smith's daughter's custody hearing held in Florida? If yes, has he cried yet in Phil's retrial? Appreciate your trial reports!! Jim in Blanco, TX

Carol L Beck said...

I found the answer from you,
Sprocket and from a few other bloggers. Thank you. I googled Dennis Riordan and he was the guy in my minds eye.

Carol

Anonymous said...

Have you found out what the problem is yet? My vote is Spector and Weinberg both had to have their heads surgically removed from their bums. (I didn't get to vote because you didn't have that as an option.)

Glad you get a couple of restful days though Sprocket!

Anonymous said...

anyone who watched "every minute of the first Spector trial" should know that a judge in CA is not a judge in FL......that one was Siedlin (sp), now retired.

Anonymous said...

Dear molardoc:

If you are looking for "analytical," there is a research scientist on the jury.

They analyze data for YEARS without reaching a conclusion.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that the court hasn't given the reason for the dark days. Something seems strange.

To Jim in Blanco: Are you sure you watched the first trial? That was a very strange post!

woot said...

For those of you who need thier fix there is a site that still has all the coverage of PS 1, including pics, police reports ("I didn't meen to shoot her it was an accident") Transcripts, evidence, etc HERE http://www.courttv.com/trials/spector/index.html There is a pic of PS giving the "Finger" while staring at prosecuters HERE http://www.courttv.com/trials/spector/photo_gallery/index.html?curPhoto=13 This pic makes my blood boil!!! Think it is a self portrait showing what a narcisistic MF he really is. Sprocket, may I suggest publishing this pic to accompany your wonderfull writings?? Larry

Christine said...

It's amazing how many things I can think of which would cause this:
heart attack, stroke, mistrial, suicide attempt, flu, missing witness, it goes on and on. Hope they are back tomorrow so we can know what happened!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to say thank you for creating this blog and your sincere dedication to providing your readers with coverage of PS2.

You're a Godsend to all of us.

Fan in Ohio

Anonymous said...

I was wondering:

what if they claim Phil Spector is "gravely ill" and can't be in court for a very extended time. Does this effectively stop the trial and get him a pass?

I would think they would try something like this if they realize that if they don't he is likely to be convicted.

woot said...

It has been reported that PS had surgery for throat nodules over the weekend.

Sprocket said...

woot: Throat nodules

Is there an accredited news source reporting the throat surgery was for nodules? I've not recieved any alert.

Anon @ 12:19 pm: Gravely ill

To claim that I'm certain would require a doctor's statement. So far, it's just a few days. Anything longer than a week I'm betting Fidler would want to see a physician's statement as to Spector's condition.

If he's that bad, he better be hospitalized.

woot said...

Sprocket: Came from Joe Friday LA Trials. States PS had surgery, reportedly for throat nodules, says there may be court Wed.

Anonymous said...

The Alleged nodule surgery wacame from The Observer-Los Angeles Trials blogg without citing any other source or claiming a source.

Anonymous said...

It's probably just Weinberg pulling the same tricks he's been pulling in the Ayres case.

woot said...

Sorry, is this a good source?? Joe also states that it was surgery that had been postponed.

Anonymous said...

Weinberg is using the "sick excuse" to buy time. He knows his client is going down and he's frantic to think of something. Too late. It's over.

Sprocket - is there no way you can find out from the DA's press person as to what is going on?

Anonymous said...

Throat nodules come from Los Angeles Trials blogspot. My suggestion would be to call the DA's press person. They're supposed to be answering questions on matters such as these:

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7739426405827042004&postID=7845207693700901996

Aviator said...

Sprocket, I see the Badens, Lee and Spitz are going to help the defense on the Casey Anthony trial. In your opinion, do you think the judge in FL will be as strong as Feidler? I have my doubts. I'm just curious as to what you think. Thanks for reporting. Not a word of this trial in the NorthEast. I'm very disappointed in KTLA and TrueTV. I'm glad you're here.

Lee in Oz said...

Hi again Sprocket,
this all just gets more and more interesting (if that is possible!)...

This is probably a stupid thought, but there's no chance that Judge Fidler is ill is there? I imagine that he was at court on Monday morning to send the jurors et al home, but I just wondered if Wendy or some other court official did it?

Thanks again Sprocket - you're a legend!!! By the way, how's Scout Kitty now?

Anonymous said...

Let Spector have his few days off for "throat nodules" ... as long as he lives long enough to be convicted and spend time in prison ... I'll be a happy happy girl!

Sprocket said...

Aviator: Strength of Judge Strickland

Understand, that I'm not following the Anthony case; ritanita and donchais are. But, from what I've read of their coverage, it appears to me that Strickland is on the ball, but not necessarily Jose Baez. Will be interesting to see how Ms. Baden does in that Florida courtroom.

Imho, these experts don't have much to work with as far as a crime scene to analyze or a body to dissect. They won't be able to paint little Caylee as a boozer who was depressed about her relationship with her mother.

Lee in Oz: Fidler Ill

I can guarantee you Fidler is not ill. I'm certain that Mr. Jackson communicated to the people who contacted me (those that went down to the courthouse on Monday) that it was "the defendant" who was undergoing a "medical procedure."

Scout Kitty

Scout is doing very well and adjusting to life as an indoor kitty. He is just about our friendliest kitty. Loves to nudge us to pet him all the time. He doesn't play with toys much, but I think that's because they don't compare to a live mouse or bird. (Scout was an excellent birder.) But he does like batting around a golf ball on the hardwood floors and chasing after string.

Throat Nodules
Understand that the words "throat nodules" were spoken by Judge Fidler back in December when the defense wanted time off for Spector to have this surgery.

The individual's who wrote me did not mention these words. It's a logical assumption to make that Spector had the surgery on his vocal cords, however, I do not know that anyone knows anything beyond "medical procedure" at this point. I wasn't down at the courthouse and I have no idea if Joe Friday went to court on Monday.

Anonymous said...

I lost all respect for Dr Baden during PS1 when I FINALLY realized that these "experts" will say and do anything for their mega-bucks. Now he is on Greta/Fox News nitely, blabbing about whatever case is on that nite---never mind that he has no involvement in the case! As a previous poster said, its a real racket they have going, and most people don't realize it.

After PS1, I wrote a blistering letter to the State of NY Police (his employer), complaining of his conflict-of-interest and his overall lack of scruples, with a copy to the Governor's office. Would you believe they contacted my elderly parents several states away, trying to obtain a phone number on me? As far as I am concerned, the state of NY and the Badens deserve each other!
Wes J.

Lee in Oz said...

Hi Sprocket,
Thanks for your answers. Good to hear Judge Fidler and Scout Kitty both doing well.

On thinking about it, I wonder that, as other bloggers have suggested, Spector having an operation now has been timed to disrupt the great roll that the prosecution is on, with discrediting and otherwise neutralizing defence witnesses? Maybe the defense tactic is not so much to delay, but more to disrupt, the prosecutions' flow of successes and try to minimise the (surely) disastrous cumulative effect this must be having on the credibility of the defence's 'story'.

Anonymous said...

In response to Lee stating "...I wonder that, as other bloggers have suggested, Spector having an operation now has been timed to disrupt the great roll that the prosecution is on..."

I believe you are somewhat on target. It's also my belief that the timing of this operation was part of the defense strategy. Specifically, the defense team is playing the sympathy card.

Think about the affect this would have on the jurors for a minute. An ailing man pushing 70 having to sit through a trial after just finishing surgery...

Brilliant move by the defense team. AJ is an excellent prosecutor. Lets see how he handles this.

GuiltyIndeed said...

Wonder if Spector appears in court in a full body cast or mummy wrapping with his weave on?

Anonymous said...

Do not agree that this will garner any kind of sympathy from the jury. Sprocket has stated that they never looked at Spector. He didn't call 911 right away; he was uncooperative and mouthed off to the cops and had to be tasered; he pulls guns on women and says he's going to kill them.
Sympathy for Spector? No sirree. Weinberg's ploys are very transparent. His client is going down and he knows it.

Anonymous said...

Well I think he chose to have the surgery now before his healthcare is being taken care of by the state of California, where he'll be going most likely to a semi-private room in one of their penal resorts.

Anonymous said...

I would say that is more of a pathetic move by the defense team than a brilliant move. I seem to recall that Spector scheduled throat surgery once before and a few days of trial were canceled. Then he showed up without having had the surgery. Wasted time! I would bet that Weinberg told him not to do the surgery then, because it could come in handy some day if he needed to delay the trial. Weinberg is the correct lawyer for Spector....they are both unethical weasels.

Ray

stroopman said...

Hi, Sprocket--

Two days off, maybe today to, for all we know... now, back to work (as our Recording Angel)! I'm having withdrawal symptoms.