Jurors speak out on Spector case

first_imgBy Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Five months of testimony in Phil Spector’s murder trial wasn’t enough, jurors said Wednesday. For two panelists, they said, the possibility that an actress the record producer brought home committed suicide was never quite erased. The jury came closer to consensus after 12 days of deliberations, but ended Wednesday in a 10-2 deadlock in favor of conviction. “We would have liked to have a psychological profile of Lana Clarkson,” said one of three male jurors who spoke to the press later. “The people who voted not guilty were arguing whether she was suicidal.” A revolver went off in Clarkson’s mouth early Feb. 3, 2003, after Spector took her home from the nightclub where she worked. There were no fingerprints. The jury had met for about 44 hours since getting the case Sept. 10, and even did its own re-enactment of the shooting. The juror said the holdouts also argued that Clarkson’s situation was different from those of five women who testified about the music producer pulling a gun on them in incidents decades ago. “The difference may have been she didn’t know Mr. Spector,” said another juror who voted guilty. “She was a bigger girl and she may have fought back.” One juror said Spector’s behavior during the 40 minutes between the shooting and the time police arrived was enough to convince him: “He acted like a guilty man.” A chauffeur testified that on the fateful morning Spector came out of his home with a gun in hand and said, “I think I killed somebody,” while Clarkson’s body sat slumped in a foyer chair behind him. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler polled the jury and each member agreed that a unanimous decision was not possible. Last week, after the jury reported a 7-5 split, Fidler had ordered them back with new instructions. District Attorney Steve Cooley said prosecutors were disappointed, and they will seek to retry Spector. A hearing was set for Wednesday. “We will not rest until justice is done,” said John C. Taylor, a lawyer for Clarkson’s family. Spector and his wife, Rachelle, left the courthouse shortly after the mistrial. His attorneys met with the jury afterward. “We thank the people of Los Angeles for keeping an open mind and the jury for their very hard work and their willingness to share their thoughts with us,” defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden said following the meeting. Proscutors charged Spector under an implied-malice, second-degree murder theory that did not require premeditation or intent. The defense countered with a scientific case, suggesting Spector did not fire the gun and offering forensic evidence that she killed herself either intentionally or by accident. Gunshot residue on her hands, blood spatter on his coat and the trajectory of the bullet were the subjects of weeks of testimony from experts. The most outspoken of the jurors said he distrusted all of the defense experts, asserting they were paid too much money and seemed to be trying to impress with their credentials. “I was insulted by the defense,” he said, adding that he trusted prosecution forensic witnesses because “they didn’t have a book to sell.” Spector, 67, rose to fame in the 1960s with the “Wall of Sound” recording technique that changed pop music. Clarkson was best known for her role in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Their life stories reflected opposite sides of the pop culture landscape. The breadth of Spector’s contributions to popular music in the 1960s and early 1970s was astounding. Early in his career, he produced hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Be My Baby” that made pop stars of such groups as the Crystals and the Ronettes. Later, after the Beatles shelved the tapes from some of their last recording sessions, he turned them into their final album, 1970’s “Let it Be.” He also co-wrote and produced the Ben E. King standard “Spanish Harlem” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” cited by BMI as the most played song in the history of American radio. But by the time he met Clarkson, the music industry wunderkind who struck it rich in his teens and changed the face of pop music had aged into an eccentric millionaire recluse with a castle home in the suburbs. Clarkson, 40, was an ambitious dreamer, a statuesque beauty who idolized Marilyn Monroe, chased fame but was beaten down by rejection. Friends testified that she was at the end of her rope financially and humiliated by having to take the House of Blues hostess job where she met Spector. She decided to go home with Spector for a drink after the club closed at 2 a.m. Little more than three hours later, she was dead. What happened in those three hours was never clear. Spector did not testify and prosecutors stated no motive for him to kill her other than her apparent decision to leave the house.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Could Everton ditch Sam Allardyce to snap up Marco Silva?

first_img Listen to Joey Barton on talkSPORT below… 1 Should #Everton consider replacing Sam Allardyce with previous #1 target Marco Silva?Alan and @Joey7Barton discuss this… and what type of house Big Sam would be 🏠🤔😂📻 https://t.co/AYsRgJWZEr pic.twitter.com/eRfiSbXzKF— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) January 22, 2018center_img Joey Barton has raised the prospect of Everton ditching manager Sam Allardyce to land long-term target Marco Silva, following his sacking as Watford boss.Silva was the Everton’s number one managerial target after they axed Ronald Koeman back in October.The Toffees made an approach for the Portuguese but it was refused by the Hornets, who reportedly turned down an offer of around £15million in compensation to keep hold of their boss.Just three months later, however, and Silva finds himself out of a job having been sacked by Watford following a run of just one victory in 11 Premier League games.Meanwhile, Everton eventually tempted Sam Allardyce out of retirement to take over at Goodison Park and he oversaw an immediate upturn of results to lift the club out of trouble.Allardyce began his spell with a seven-game unbeaten run, but that form has since tailed off and the Toffees are now five games without a victory.Their most recent performances have also left fans questioning the style of football under Big Sam, and with the highly-rated Silva now available for nothing, Barton has suggested Everton have a chance to finally land their man.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I just think if someone is your number one target, and you eventually take your number two target, let’s say Sam Allardyce was number two on Everton’s shortlist, which is don’t think he was…“If somebody is your number one target and you really want them…“I’m not saying I want Sam out, just rationally if you wanted something really badly and it all of a sudden become available for nothing…”last_img read more

Derby winger Tom Lawrence escapes diving ban and will face Leeds in play-offs

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 1 SORRY gameday cracker talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Derby’s play-off hopes have been given a major boost after the FA ruled winger Tom Lawrence will not be charged with diving.Lawrence was sweating on a two-match simulation ban for allegedly ‘deceiving a match official’ to earn his side their killer third goal in the vital 3-1 win over West Brom on Sunday. whoops MOST READ IN FOOTBALL revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea LATEST TROPHY JIBE The Welsh winger infuriated fellow promotion chasers West Brom as he won the penalty, converted by Harry Wilson, which confirmed the Rams’ place in the Championship top six.Lawrence surged into the box, but appeared to fall in the vicinity of Baggies skipper Kyle Bartley, as opposed to being taken down.Referee Tim Robinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but West Brom caretaker boss James Shan was adamant that there had been no contact.Video evidence appeared to back up Shan’s claim, with Lawrence seemingly facing an automatic ban – which would have ruled him out of both legs of the play-off semi-final against Leeds. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Tom Lawrence, right, has escaped a diving ban by the FA The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LIVE ON talkSPORT But Lawrence has escaped action following a review of the incident and is now free to play in both games.Derby head into the play-offs in buoyant mood – and the in-form team in the division – having won four and drawn two out of their last six matches.Leeds, on the other hand, are struggling with Marcelo Bielsa’s men without a win in their last four games – including a 3-2 defeat against rock-bottom Ipswich. Ajax vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTValencia vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNewport vs Mansfield (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more