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Spector jury selection begins

first_imgSuperior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler asked prospects if they could be available for a trial that will last about four months. Of 150 prospects processed Monday, he accepted excuses from 43, left three in abeyance and ordered the rest to fill out questionnaires. Claimed hardships ranged from health problems to business trips. “I’m sick, I’m old and I’m tired,” one woman declared. “That’s how I feel most of the time,” the judge joked, but accepted her excuse when she produced a letter from her doctor. More prospects were to be screened today. Spector’s hairstyle and clothes Monday – a long black coat, slacks and a tan shirt open at the collar – were far more conservative than the wildly curly wigs he has worn in past court appearances. Jury selection in Phil Spector’s murder trial started Monday with potential jurors being quizzed on their attitudes about celebrities and whether they get special treatment by the justice system. The famed music producer sat expressionless at the counsel table, his hair in a sandy Beatles mop, as prospective jurors were brought into court. “Mr. Spector, like anyone who would be in his position, finds this to be a very intimidating and scary process,” defense attorney Roger Rosen said outside court. Jurors will be asked to decide if Spector was responsible for the death of Lana Clarkson, a B-movie actress who was shot in the face at his castle-like Alhambra home on Feb. 3, 2003. “I have never had a conversation with Mr. Spector about how he should dress in court and if I did he wouldn’t pay attention,” his attorney said outside. Spector came to court with his wife, Rachelle, who was described by Rosen as an actress and singer. They were married in September, Rosen said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more