Spector Lawyers Want Appeal Rejection Reconsidered

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May 19, 2011 | 4:25am EST

Phil Spector is refusing to give up his fight for freedom – he has instructed his lawyers to continue appealing his murder conviction after his latest bid was rejected earlier this month.
The imprisoned record producer was found guilty of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars in 2009.

Spector’s legal team tried to have the verdict overturned by claiming photos of the trial judge pointing out blood spatter evidence, used in the prosecution’s closing argument, had swayed the jury and turned the court into a government witness.

A panel of California appeals judges dismissed the argument in a unanimous decision, and Judge Joan Klein ruled that the photos only demonstrated Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler clarifying the testimony of a forensic witness.

But Spector, 71, is refusing to give up and on Wednesday his attorneys lodged a new request for the California Court of Appeal officials to reconsider its decision to uphold his conviction.

Spector’s attorney, Dennis Riordan, says the embattled mogul is “very focused on pursuing the appeal”.

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