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L.A. Judge Allows TV Cameras at Phil Spector Trial


— February 19, 2007

Phil Spector

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge said on Friday that he would allow full television coverage of rock producer Phil Spector’s murder trial, despite an aversion to cameras in Los Angeles courts since O.J. Simpson’s controversial 1995 acquittal.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said it was time to put aside the “fear of cameras in the courtroom” in Los Angeles since the Simpson trial made an unwilling celebrity of his colleague and friend, Judge Lance Ito. . . .

[F]idler said he thought cameras could be a positive factor in the trial, which begins with jury selection on March 19, but warned that he would “pull the plug” if coverage was handled badly or if jurors were shown.

Spector, best known for his “Wall of Sound” recording technique and work with the Beatles, is charged with shooting Lana Clarkson to death in the foyer of his mock castle on February 3, 2003.

Details here from Reuters via the Washington Post.


Phil Spector

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge said on Friday that he would allow full television coverage of rock producer Phil Spector’s murder trial, despite an aversion to cameras in Los Angeles courts since O.J. Simpson’s controversial 1995 acquittal.

Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said it was time to put aside the “fear of cameras in the courtroom” in Los Angeles since the Simpson trial made an unwilling celebrity of his colleague and friend, Judge Lance Ito. . . .

[F]idler said he thought cameras could be a positive factor in the trial, which begins with jury selection on March 19, but warned that he would “pull the plug” if coverage was handled badly or if jurors were shown.

Spector, best known for his “Wall of Sound” recording technique and work with the Beatles, is charged with shooting Lana Clarkson to death in the foyer of his mock castle on February 3, 2003.

Details here from Reuters via the Washington Post.

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