December 16, 2011 12:38
Phil Spector appealing to US Supreme Court over murder conviction
Producer heading to America's highest court to fight jail sentence
The legendary producer, who was convicted over the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson two years ago, will take his case to the US Supreme Court in Washington, reports the Associated Press.
His lawyers will reportedly claim that Spector was not given a fair trial as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler had offered his opinion on an expert witness' testimony.
In August of this year, Spector was told by the California Supreme Court that he could not launch another appeal against the conviction.
He originally appealed against the decision in 2010, when his legal team argued that the testimonies of five women who said that he had threatened them in the past were improperly used during the trial, but these claims were also rejected.
Spector was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being found guilty of Clarkson's murder in 2009. In July of this year, it was reported that Al Pacino and Helen Mirren had signed on to portray Spector and Clarkson respectively, in a film for US TV network HBO.
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