Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Phil Spector Mistrial

A mistrial was declared today in the murder case against record producer Phil Spector when the jury reported that it was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting him for shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. The jury met for over 44 hours over 12 days since September 10th. Other celebrity murder cases in California (OJ Simpson, Robert Blake, as well as the criminal charges brought against Michael Jackson) have all ended in acquittals.

The authorities are now investigating a possible threat to the Judge in the case, made via a post to a "Team Spector" MySpace page, which was signed “xoxo Chelle” – a reference to Spector’s recent wife Rachelle. The post read "I love Phil Spector" and "The Evil Judge should DIE!!!!”

Spector, famous for his wall-of-sound production style for acts as diverse as Yoko Ono, The Ronettes, the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Tina Turner, is a well-known gun enthusiast. Johnny Ramone called him "a little man with lifts in his shoes, a wig on his head and four guns." He apparently held Dee Dee Ramone captive for several days at gunpoint, trying to get him to play bass to his exact specifications. He shot up the studio when working with John Lennon on his 1975 album “Rock n Roll” and pulled a gun on Leonard Cohen when producing the disastrous “Death of A Ladies Man” LP (the sinlge exception being “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-on” – getting Dylan and Ginsberg to sing back-up for Cohen is pretty fucking brilliant).

Cohen remembers “Phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'Leonard, I love you.' I said, 'I hope you do, Phil.'"

Abandoned Subject Lines: Spector of Death, Wall of Death, PS I Love You

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