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July 17, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Actress Lana Clarkson told a friend she did not want to live anymore just days before she died from a gunshot wound at music producer Phil Spector's mansion in Alhambra, the friend testified Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Punkin Laughlin, who called Clarkson her best friend, testified that Clarkson drank, used drugs and was depressed about her faltering acting career before her death.
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August 23, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A brain specialist disputed a key claim by the defense team in the Phil Spector murder trial that a dying Lana Clarkson coughed blood onto Spector. John Andrews, a forensic neuropathologist who examined Clarkson's brain and spinal cord as a consultant to the Los Angeles County coroner, testified that Clarkson could not have breathed, coughed, spit or sneezed after she was shot. The defense says Clarkson coughed the blood onto Spector as he rendered aid after she shot herself.
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August 3, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As several courtroom spectators looked on and wept, jurors in the Phil Spector murder trial Thursday watched images of actress Lana Clarkson playing a talking Barbie doll, a groupie and a nun on a videotape that she made just months before her death to promote her show business career.
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August 19, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Whatever the theme song to Phil Spector's troubled life and times might be, "To Know Him Is to Love Him" probably isn't it. That, as Spector fans know, is the title of the legendary record producer's first hit, recorded by the Teddy Bears in 1958 with words taken from the epitaph on his father's tombstone. Spector went on to produce hits almost without number, including "Be My Baby," "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. " Today, however, the man Sean Lennon called "the genius geniuses come to" is in prison serving 19 years to life after the jury in a second trial convicted him of the Alhambra murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
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March 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Phil Spector," a new HBO film that purports both to be and not to be about the famous music producer and creator of the Wall of Sound, now serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life, is a vexing piece of work. Well-crafted, with interesting Big Talent attached - writer-director David Mamet, stars Al Pacino and Helen Mirren - it's better than most films of its kind, even as it remains unsatisfying as historical re-creation, philosophical meditation or pure drama. Spector (Pacino)
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April 27, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A day after prosecutors tagged him a "sinister, deadly" murderer, Phil Spector's lawyers fought back Thursday, contending that police railroaded Spector and that scientific evidence proves actress Lana Clarkson shot herself through the mouth. The legendary producer of songs for the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers is on trial for allegedly murdering Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion Feb. 3, 2003. He has pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1-million bail.
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July 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning. Early. To save you from having to wake up at 5:35 a.m. PDT, we're sweeping through the high-profile categories one last time. We called the comedy races and the drama nominees . Now it's time to look at the titles and big-name actors competing for the movie/miniseries Emmys. MOVIE/MINISERIES Surprise: Emmy believes ! Well, in ratings, at least. "The Bible" makes it in. Snub: We're betting (hoping?
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June 26, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial completed the bulk of their case Monday after eight weeks of testimony in which a string of women gave vivid accounts of threats at gunpoint by the defendant, and forensics experts suggested that the famous record producer shot actress Lana Clarkson, then attempted a coverup. Spector's attorneys are set to begin their defense this week, although prosecutors are not yet finished calling all of their witnesses.
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January 10, 2005 | Jean Guccione; Carla Hall; Nita Lelyveld; Sam Quinones; James Ricci., Times Staff Writer
An hour before sunrise at the end of a very long night, Officer Michael Page was struggling to pin Phil Spector as the famed music producer wrestled with Alhambra police in the foyer of his hilltop mansion. Page pressed his knee into Spector's back and held down his arms. The officer had discarded his Taser after two shots from the stun gun failed to drop Spector, and now Page's submachine gun was slipping off his back. Another officer grabbed the weapon before it fell within Spector's reach.
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October 13, 2005 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Famed rock music producer Phil Spector was suffering withdrawal symptoms from seven prescription drugs when he admitted he had accidentally shot a companion at his Alhambra mansion in 2003, his defense lawyers said in court papers obtained Wednesday. Attorney Bruce Cutler argued in the documents that police didn't warn Spector that his statements could be used against him in court, where he now faces trial in the slaying of actress Lana Clarkson.
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