Phil Spector Appeals Murder Conviction
Phil Spector's lawyers have filed their opening brief in the appeal of his murder conviction.
[T]hey focused on a judge's decision to allow testimony from five women who claimed Spector menaced them with firearms in the decades leading up to Lana Clarkson's shooting.
Those accounts, which portrayed Spector as a violent misogynist, became "the heart of the state's case, the sine qua non of its efforts to gain a conviction" and amounted to impermissible character testimony, the lawyers wrote.
For one thing, while the judge instructed the jury the testimony could not be taken as propensity to commit a crime, [More...]
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