At long last Phil Spector has been convicted of second-degree murder. This was the second trial for Spector, who shot and killed actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra home on Feb. 3, 2003. Recall that the first ended in a mistrial with the jury voting 10-2 for conviction. The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial set a high bar for gullibility, but those two holdouts may have approached it in accepting the defense’s ludicrous contention that Clarkson had shot herself. We can be grateful that no one on the second jury was as easily swayed by such nonsense.
News outlets have varying reports on how much time Spector must serve. L.A. prosecutor Patrick Frey, proprietor of Patterico.com (where I occasionally post), has some insights into the potential sentence and the applicable California laws. Whatever the sentence, Spector doesn’t strike me as a man who will do well in prison.