More on Spector: the forensic argument from a real lawyer

I did not start this blog, in its earlier incarnation several years ago, to spend any attention on Phil Spector. Of course, I didn’t intend it to constantly rag on the Los Angeles Times either, and long-time readers will know how well that worked out.

In any event, things have changed since the Specor verdict came down last week. In my earlier post, I gave some personal reactions, and why in my mind I believe the jury decided wrongly. Since then, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams recently spoke to New York Attorney Linda Baden, who had been a defense attorney at the first trial. Baden, whose husband is a renowned forensic pathologist, points out better than I could some of the evidence ignored by the jury:

“I went out to watch his closing. I saw him. We even spoke that day. He phoned just before re-entering the courtroom. He said: ‘There’s a verdict.’ I answered, ‘I know. I heard it on TV.’ I wished him luck and said I’d be there. He said, ‘Good.’

“At this point, he’s not panicked. He’s upset. Something went seriously wrong.”

Like what?

“Insufficient focus on the forensics. Had he himself placed the gun in her mouth, he’d have large amounts of blood spatter on his hand and jacket. Nothing of her body, no residue of her body parts, were on him. They were on her. Also their argument was, women do not commit suicide by shooting themselves in the mouth. Well, there is proof that 24 percent of female suicides have done that. Another thing, the facts are that 232 people were wrongfully convicted of crimes later overturned by DNA findings.”

In other words: we haven’t seen the end of this. Certainly, Lana Clarkson’s friends and family deserve to know the truth, just as Spector’s do.

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3 comments on “More on Spector: the forensic argument from a real lawyer

  1. Common sense says:

    Maybe there was no blood splatter on him because it all ended up on the backs of her hands, as she held them up in a defensive posture while he shot her – as was testified to by Dr. Pena. And the prosecution did not contest this. She would not have had so much blood splatter on the backs of her hands if she was holding a gun in her mouth.

    “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Spector’s lawyers came up with that.

    He’s guilty – and right where he belongs.

  2. Gwen says:

    “Common sense”, said it all, other than Spector had time to use his diaper to clean off a lot of evidence while disturbing the original crime scene. If it became distorted in the prosecutions’ favor he has only himself to blame.

    There is no way Lana just happened to sit in a chair with her pocket book on her shoulder right by the door of the castle, open the drawer of a table, remove a loaded gun from a holster, and then make a SNAP decision to commit suicide!

    Suicide, what pure garbage that was touted by the defense, it ended up in the trash can just where it belonged.

    Just common sense tells us what happened, even without Specter’s words, “I think I killed somebody” His words, to the driver, and the repeating of them by the driver occurred from the first report of the shooting through both trials!.

    Congratulations to the PROSECUTION and the JURY, for finding the truth and the RIGHT decision.

  3. […] I also felt the defense’s case (incompletely shown here, of course) to be pretty convincing, even if the only “evidence” shown was Phil’s jacket with the expert testimony that if he had shot Lana Clarkson as portrayed by the prosecution, there would be far more blood and tissue on the jacket than there was. Also shown was the testimony that gunshots in the mouth at that angle are 99% suicidal. Some indication was shown that Clarkson’s career was on the skids, and that she had, in fact, written a note that might be considered a contemplation of suicide. (For my own feelings about Spector’s guilt or innocence, here’s an earlier blog entry, […]

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