Many of you have written me asking if there's any Spector news. (For those of you who've been living in a cave the last couple of years, at the end of a retrial, Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder in the death of Lana Clarkson on April 13th, 2009. His attorneys have since filed an appeal.) I've been very busy sewing nonstop for the past two months, getting ready for my busiest season, so I haven't been inside a courtroom in ages nor have I been able to keep up with Spector news. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send me news articles over the past several months when anything hits the press regarding Phil Spector. Y'all know who you are, and I so appreciate your time in sending me the links.
There is a bit of big news that happened today. The State of California Attorney Generals Office filed their "Respondent's Brief" to Spector's Appeal, Case No. B216325, Second Appellate District, Division Three. You can read all 160 pages of the document here. The index alone is five pages but the "table of authorities" (listing the cases ruled on to support arguments) goes another 12 pages. Spector's reply brief deadline is November 2nd, 2010.
Over the summer, Spector's trial bride, Rachelle Short Spector was promoting her album, Out of My Chelle and posting music videos of herself on her web site singing and learning choreographed dance steps. (In the background of one of the videos, you can see the infamous "fountain" in the motor court behind Spector's mansion.)
Rachelle gave quite a few news outlet interviews as well as made the rounds on any radio show that would have her. Here's one that gets a bit wacky with KLSG's John Matthews. The Telegraph's Mick Brown did an excellent review of the album.
Although sources tell me someone named "Graham" was seen in studio with Rachelle producing, in interview after interview Mrs. Spector insists that her husband produced the album in his off time during the second trial. (Remember during the first trial, Spector was involved with award winning documentary film maker Virkam Jayanti about his life, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector.) If that was really the case, I wonder why it took so long after the trial ended in a conviction for Mrs. Spector to find someone to make a video of her singing. You would think her husband would have wanted to be involved in that, too.
Recently, HBO released a statement that Al Pacino would be starring in a still unnamed project about the life of Phil Spector. Pacino is a wonderful actor and I can't wait to see how he will transform himself into the legendary producer. Especially that receding chin. I wonder if Pacino ever met Spector and if not, maybe Spector will let Pacino visit him in jail for a little one-on-one preparation for the role. I also can't wait to see who will portray Spector's various wives.
Months ago, the MSM indicated that Donna Clarkson's civil case against Spector for the death of her daughter, Lana was in "mediation." I've not heard any news that the status of that case has changed. That may not change until the Second Appellate District Court rules on Spector's appeal.
Last but not least, on December 13th, 2010 a hearing has been scheduled where Robert Shapiro will present a motion to Judge Malcolm Mackey, (Department 55, Stanley Mosk Courthouse) in an effort to get Phil Spector's lawsuit against him dismissed. The case is set for trial March 7th of next year. In the mean time, I'll try to find out if Spector will be let out for the hearing or the possible trial. What are the chances that Spector will be allowed out of prison to take the stand, if he pays for the cost of keeping him in custody, like he was allowed to do to see his personal dentist a while back? Anyone have a guess?