I thought I would provide some links to stories that the mainstream media has written on Spector's conviction over the last few days.
First, here is Mick Brown's latest piece. The Wall Street Journal weighs in. Time online's report has some of Spector's quotes to Steve Raab and Spector's thoughts about the prosecution team, years ago. Harriet Ryan has an insightful look at why this case ended with a verdict. I've been told time and time again that a case is won or lost in jury selection and I think this is true for any case, not just this one.
More reports: The Australian.
Nice video at CBS News.com with a short synopsis and interview at the end with Lisa Bloom.
Linda Deutsch from the Associated Press weighs in.
Photo gallery from the LA Times.
Video grabbed from CNN:
In the video clip, the individuals sitting at the defense table with Doron Weinberg were Jennifer Barringer and their assistant, Tran Smith. In the video of the courtroom, you can just get a glimpse on the right of Wendy, Fidler's clerk who read the verdict as well as in the far left for just a moment or two, Cindy, one of the court reporters.
Anderson Cooper has a bit of information on Spector's new digs. Spector is currently being housed at the Twin Towers. Inmate information can be found at this link. His first name is spelled in the system with two "L's."
Local ABC Ch. 7's, Miriam Hernandez, spoke to Doron Weinberg in this video report, who visited Spector in jail on Tuesday.
Radar Online reports Spector will not be able to keep his "weave" in prison.
Here is a Guardian report (seven years ago) about the facilities where Spector is being housed. (Thank you, T&T reader, for the link to this story!)
Jay Leno has featured Spector in his monologues for two days in a row. He might again tonight. Here is what he said last night. Jay started off taking about the Pirates in Somolia news.
"Well as you know by now, Captain Phillips was rescued when the Navy Seals shot and killed 3 of the pirates. Although according to Phil Spector's attorney, the pirates shot themselves in the head."
"That's the big story here in Los Angeles. Apparently no where else. After 6 years the celebrity trial of Phil Spector is finally over. He's been found guilty of 2nd degree murder which he did. To get an idea of how long this trial has been going on, when it started, Phil Spector was actually a celebrity. You understand, that's why he got acquitted the first time. (oops Jay--it was a hung jury.) In fact, most people didn't even know--Did you know the retrial was going on?? How many thought we executed him 4 years ago? (Jay raises his hand.) See? You don't know!!!"
"I don't know if you saw Phil Spector's lawyer when the verdict was read. He was 'shocked--AHH--AHH--he was going he was shaking his head and he's all surprised.' (Jay is being a drama queen.) Well you can understand his surprise. Look, all the prosecutors had was 1) a murder weapon, 2) his prints on the weapon, 3) a body, 4) a motive, and 5) a witness who heard Spector say, 'I think I just killed somebody.' See in LA that's usually called 'circumstantial evidence.' (Huge applause from the audience.) So anyway the judge after the trial gave the jurors an instruction before releasing them. See, that's a mistake. Don't release them. This is like the only good jury we've had in LA in like 10 years. Hang on to these people!!!! They can convict somebody!! I would've convicted him based on his mugshot. Show them his mugshot. (Phil's mugshot on screen now.) Look at Phil Spector. Doesn't that look like Clay Aiken & Carrot Top had a kid together?" (Huge laughs and applause.)
"Well, the world's oldest person, a woman who lives right here in Los Angeles, just turned 115 years old this week. Show her picture. (Phil Spector's Mug Shot is put up on the screen again.) Amazing!" (Audience laughs again.)
Special thanks to the T&T reader who transcribed this section of last night's monologue for me.
There is a "status hearing" on the civil case this Friday. I plan on attending that hearing and will report on it. Those trial watchers who plan on going, it's in Pasadena.
And on a totally different topic, Mr. Sprocket did buy that delivery truck. The thing is so long, it almost won't fit in the driveway. And when it's parked on the street in front of our house, it's like there's this huge, white billboard parked there. I'm sure our neighbors are just going to "love" us.
Update: April 16th, 2009:
Interview with Starsailor, on Q The Music.com, news section.
If you scroll down this link, it's a clip of Punkin Pie, talking and laughing at a "NAMM" show. It's not clear (to me at least) when this video was shot. If this is recent (January, 2009 show) then Pie looks pretty good considering her supposed deteriorated health since Lana's death. (A commenter states the video is from 2007. Sprocket)
I knew this was in the works but now a publisher has officially announced the proposed book by Spector's adopted son, Louis Spector.
More video from Entertainment Times Online and comments about the many Spector hair styles, or "weaves."
And finally, here's a link to one of my favorite writers, Steve Mikulan in the LA Weekly. I bet he was writing this piece while he was sitting next to me when the verdict was read.
AP video on the verdict and Linda Deutsch.
The latest from Spoof.com.
Psychology Today on the rise and fall of Phil Spector.