CA vs. Spector – Top 10
Posted by thedarwinexception on September 23, 2007
I was keeping track of this list all through the trial, really, all the things that made me laugh, made me sit up and take notice, and made me think “Wow! That was a moment!” I probably didn’t get them all, so feel free to add your own favorite moments, because I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.
10. Dr. Baden’s “AHA!” moment: Yes, who could forget the moment that the inimitable Dr. Baden got up on the stand and played good clean up hitter for the defense team, which had certainly had it’s share of foul balls and errors. Baden is no stranger to the “I’ll cover this for you” school of experts, having previously testified in the Seymour Schuss case that the victim, who was struck in the head by the defendant, didn’t die from the stroke that he suffered after receiving the blow, but rather died from an aneurysm. Oh, and that case? Ended in a hung jury. Juror Barbara Fletcher-Murphy said that the jury could not agree on whether the stroke Rosenberg died from developed as a result of Schuss’s punch. “The sixth juror was just stuck on Dr. Baden’s testimony, and would not move from that.” So Baden has a little experience with coming up with malarkey theories on the stand, *and* in hanging juries with his theories. Coincidence? You decide.
9. Bruce Cutler Quits on the Eve of Closing Arguments: Yes, after weeks of having to read the transcripts and catch up on Court TV while the trial proceeded without him as he spent his days taping his new reality/game show, Bruce Cutler deemed it the ultimate insult when Spector decided that he’d rather have someone who had actually been in the courtroom deliver the closing arguments than the mostly absent Cutler. And since Cutler had only cross examined one witness, Dianne Ogden, and had received reprimands from the judge for screaming and pointing his finger at her all throughout it, and had delivered a rambling disjointed opening statement after the prosecution “denuded” his original statement by not introducing Spector’s prior statements, well, you pretty much know that he’s probably going to be joining Robert Shapiro in that list of attorney’s Spector is suing to get his money back.
8. The Ego Deflation of Phil Spector: Phil just couldn’t catch a break in the ego department. First we had testimony of how Lana, upon first meeting him and not knowing him by either name or appearance, called him “Miss Spector”, then we had the testimony of Kathy Sullivan, who referred to Phil coming down the stairs with his shotgun and plaid jacket as “looking like Elmer Fudd.” To top that all off, we had the experts pointing out that that infamous white jacket Phil was wearing the night Lana died, the one that had the 18 blood spatters on the left hand panel, was actually a woman’s jacket, since the buttons were on the left hand side.
7. Lee Flees: Henry Lee’s character and professionalism was called into question by one of Spector’s former attorney’s, Sarah Caplan, and after Judge Fidler made a *finding of fact* that Lee was not credible in his testimony, and id, indeed, hide or destroy or otherwise interfere with the evidence in the case, Lee will never again be able to testify in any court of law without the other side immediately getting up to question his credibility with the words “Is it true, Dr. Lee, that in a case in California, it was found that you deliberately tampered with or otherwise mishandled evidence?” Lee decided that rather than face the inevitable and surely career destroying cross examination by Alan Jackson, that he would rather hop a slow boat to China and be “unavailable” to testify in court. Add him to the list of people Phil is going to sue to recover money from. Lee’s eventual unavailability impacted every subsequent stage of the trial, when the defense had to engage in a ever evolving theory that didn’t include Lee testifying about how the blood could have gotten across the room to end up on Spector’s jacket.
6. Phil’s Wigs: No overview of the trial would be complete without a mention of the hair of Spector. I think “Phil Wigs Out” would be a great title for a book on the trial. Despite the fact that Rachelle, his “paid to be his wife” companion, has asserted to several people that not only is Phil’s hair real, but that she herself styles it every day. And I don’t know which this is better proof of, the fact that Rachelle shouldn’t be allowed near anyone’s hair, or the fact that they have no fucking mirrors in the castle. Or maybe it best proves that they both have a skewed sense of reality.
5. Chelle’s Smackdown: And speaking of Chelle – the “I get paid better the more I make a fool of myself” wife – she got herself a new Fall wardrobe when she had the fucking audacity to talk back to the judge when he told her to stop going on Court TV to ensure herself nice things from her “husband”. She had appeared on Jami Floyd’s show “The Best Defense” (because really, who else would give her a forum?) talking about how intelligent she was and how much she loved her husband, and how biased the judge was and how everyone just runs around thinking her husband is guilty, when, well, really he isn’t. And since Fidler managed to disprove her theory on how intelligent she really is when he told her to shut the fuck up and she kept on talking, one kind of wishes he would have just let her keep rattling on and see how many of her other theories she could have contradicted. She later sent a note to the judge that said “I’m sorry for pontificating in court and running my mouth all over town when I know that you said anyone involved in the case really shouldn’t, but, you know, I have no career, I have no job, I’m really *not* that intelligent, and you know, how else is a girl going to get a new car? What? I should go to work for Jodi BabyDoll Gibson?”
4. The Best Friends: Of course, the proof is in the pie, not the pudding, when it comes to the old adage “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” The one iconic image of the Phil Spector trial is going to be Pie, leaning slightly over the witness stand with her melons hanging out for all the world to see announcing to all assembled “It’s all about *ME*! Look at ME!” She and her memory, Jennifer Botox Hayes, both took the stand to testify that not only were they the closest things to friends that Lana ever had, they sat by and watched her spiral out of control, never bothering to lend a helping hand. Well, Botox-Hayes had an excuse, she had a new baby to make sure the nanny was taking care of – as well as two teenage kids she was desperately trying to keep out of rehab, besides partying 6 out of 7 nights a week until dawn, and fielding phone calls at 4 in the morning when she wasn’t partying. I mean, you know, that had to like take up a bunch of her time. She couldn’t be bothered to take the time to throw a couple bucks to her bestest friend in the whole world. She had bigger fish to fry. Both of these people deserve each other. They are snakes, and I’m sure they would happily stab each other in the back for nothing more than a free cheeseburger from McDonald’s.
3. The Jury Hangs: Yes, it was really one of the best moments of the trial. Sure made me sit up and take notice. I expect this Fall to bring about a mid-season replacement show on the Fox network titled “Are You Smarter than a Spector Juror?” They will have a panel of 5 or 6 of them each week on a rotating basis, and ask questions of the general public like “Is the Earth Flat?” and then get the Spector jury to try to agree on an answer. Oh wait, they already have that show. It’s called “The View”. And how this Sherry chick didn’t make it onto the Spector jury is beyond me.
Has this woman never seen a fucking globe?? Has she never seen the Flintstones? “If my son Jeffrey asks if the world is flat, I guess we’ll have to go to the library.” Yeah, well why don’t you just drop him off at fucking preschool on the way to the library, and he can come home and tell you. I swear to fucking God, if this isn’t proof that the idiots fucking get through, nothing is.
2. “Don’t Go”: Alan Jackson’s closing statement, starting as it did with the evocative image of a dark parking lot, a Mercedes, and Phil and Lana talking before she gets into his car ranks up there with one of the most powerful arguments ever made to a jury. It sure was a sharp contrast to the later statement given by Linda Kenney Baden, reading from a binder and half heartedly trying to convince the jury that blood jumps around, GSR proves everything and that her relationship with one of the defense experts was nothing to worry about. Jackson is said to be known for his powerful closing statements, and it certainly makes me want to go out and buy his latest DVD of “All Time Favorite Courtroom Arguments”.
1. “If I did It”: I don’t know which was the more ignorant misstep on the part of the defense, playing Lana’s reel titled “Lana Unleashed” to show that she was too bad an actress to live or figuratively putting the gun in Phil’s hand to show that he doesn’t *always* shake, when he’s nice and comfortable, like when he’s holding a weapon, he calms right down and gets to business.