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Judge Rules Spector Defense Violated Evidence Conduct

August 15th, 2007 6:02pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Phil SpectorThe judge at the Phil Spector murder trial has ruled the defense violated evidence regulations with a surprise testimony about how actress Lana Clarkson lived for "several minutes" after she was shot. Judge Larry Paul Fidler objected to the defence not giving the prosecution fair warning of evidence given by forensic scientist Michael Baden on Tuesday.

Baden told the Los Angeles Superior Court hearing that the evidence indicates Clarkson shot herself, although she would have still been alive for a few minutes prior to her death.

Baden went on to claim blood splatter on Spector's jacket proved it was Clarkson, and not the music producer, who fired the fatal shot.

But, after the jury had been cleared from the courtroom, Judge Fidler ruled the defense failed to give the prosecution team adequate warning of the content of Baden's testimony as the criminologist had never written in his records his belief that Clarkson did not immediately die.

Fidler said, "There is a deliberate, knowing violation of discovery. It is clear to me there was a knowing, tactical decision made not to reveal (this information) to the prosecution."

Spector is accused of the fatal shooting of Clarkson at his Alhambra, California mansion in February 2003. He has pleaded not guilty and claims Clarkson committed suicide. The trial continues.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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