Spector Appeal Heading For Supreme Court

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December 16, 2011 | 7:40am EST

Jailed music legend Phil Spector is taking his fight for freedom to the highest court in the U.S.
The pioneering producer was sentenced to 19 years to life in 2009 after he was found guilty of the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot dead at his California home in 2003.

Spector has seen two appeals against his conviction dismissed, and in August officials at the California Supreme Court refused to consider another hearing.

Now Spector’s lawyers, who argue the trial judge unfairly influenced the jury, are taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

They argue Spector’s constitutional rights were violated because Judge Larry Fidler offered his opinion on an expert witness’ testimony during the trial.

Spector’s legal team is expected to file papers at the Supreme Court on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

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