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Supreme Court rejects Phil Spector appeal

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Phil Spector flanked by his lawyers Doran Weinberg (L) and Tran Smith looks at the jury as it they arrive before the verdict was read at Los Angeles Criminal Courts April 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Spector was found guilty of second degree murder during the re-trial in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson six years ago. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images) Original Filename: GYI0057178939.jpg

Supreme Court rejects Phil Spector appeal

CREATED Feb 21, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has rejected Phil Spector's appeal of his conviction for killing actress Lana Clarkson.
   
The court did not comment Tuesday in declining to take up the music producer's argument that his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge.
   
Spector attorney Dennis Riordan argued that the prosecution's use of Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler's videotaped comments and his picture during prosecution summations was improper.
   
The same arguments were made to state appellate justices, who refused to consider them because of a belated filing. They upheld Spector's second-degree murder conviction.
   
The California Supreme Court also declined to review the case.
   
Spector is serving 19 years to life in prison.

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