Phil Spector trial: Day 27

Contempt ruling upheld against Spector's former lawyer

An appeals court upheld a contempt ruling against Phil Spector‘s former lawyer today (June 25).

The mid-level appeals court maintained the ruling from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler that lawyer Sara Caplan would be jailed unless she agrees to testify about the defence’s mishandling of evidence.

Caplan was on the defence team that searched Spector‘s Los Angeles mansion the day after actress Lana Clarkson was found shot in the mouth on February 3, 2003.

In an evidentiary hearing, Caplan testified that she saw forensic scientist, Henry Lee, pick up small white object that may have been one of Clarkson‘s acrylic fingernails.

The prosecution maintains that this information could support their case. However, Caplan has refused to take the stand in open court because it may violate attorney-client privilege.

Meanwhile in Fidler‘s courtroom today, defence attorney Linda Kenney Baden interrogated criminalist Lynne Herold of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department about scientific evidence that could indicate how far Spector was from Clarkson at the time of her death.

Kenney Baden testified that Spector was no more than three feet from Clarkson when the fatal shot was fired, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The defence is expected to present its own scientific experts to argue that Spector was too far away from Clarkson to have held the gun that killed her.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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