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‘Hollyweird’ law makes for lively water-cooler conversations

O.J. Simpson is looking for his wife’s killer on the golf courses of Florida. The talented and lovely Paris Hilton is hiding from cameras in the LA County jail ” where she should be. And aging music producer Phil Spector is heading for prison unless he “pulls an O.J.” and convinces the jury that Lana Clarkson shot herself with his gun as she was leaving his Alhambra mansion at 5 in the morning.

Hollywood law makes for lively water-cooler conversations.

“The bruise is very unique and is consistent with blunt-force trauma…something struck (Clarkson’s) tongue,” testified Dr. Louis Pena, coroner.

Something like a gun. Pena added that Clarkson had bruises on her right arm and wrist. Traces of Spector’s DNA were found on her wrist. One of the most compelling bits of evidence, per your intrepid reporter, is that Clarkson died with her leopard-print purse on her shoulder ” not typical of someone committing suicide ” even “accidental suicide” as claimed by the defense team of lawyers.

If not equal to O.J.’s “Dream Team,” they at least qualify as the “Obfuscation Team.”

Pena closed his testimony stating “The manner of death is homicide.”

Sheriff’s homicide detective Mark Lillienfeld testified that next to Clarkson’s body was a bureau. One of the bureau’s drawers was open and visible inside was a holster, which fit the pistol that killed Clarkson. The defense attorneys apparently contend the ownership of the gun is not clear, but even as a world-class trial attorney I would have a difficult time looking the jurors in the eyes suggesting the gun was Clarkson’s.

Detective Lillienfeld testified that the murder had “sexual overtones.” The home was dark. There were candles lit on the fireplace, alcohol in front of the fireplace on a coffee table. A nearly empty brandy snifter in the bathroom, along with a pair of false eyelashes. Presumably Clarkson’s. A Viagra pill in Spector’s briefcase.

Lillienfeld testified that the Viagra container held one pill and there were two empty slots. Apparently Spector expected a long evening.

O.J.’s forensic expert Henry Lee, who travels around the country testifying in celebrity cases (and maybe others), is in hot water.

One of Spector’s former attorneys testified in an earlier proceeding that she saw Lee pick up what could be a piece of Clarkson’s acrylic fingernail. The prosecutors are suggesting it was shot off by a bullet. Prosecutors called attorney Sara Caplan, but she refused to testify citing attorney-client privilege, which outraged the judge.

Testimony continues as the trial enters its seventh week. It’s a good thing I am not a juror, because I am ready to call for the question.

But everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence, so let’s see how this plays out.

Not much to report that you don’t already know on the Paris Hilton Watch. Paris is back in some healthcare facility in the LA County jail system. Apparently she is resigned to serving out her term. In the meantime a petition is being circulated to recall Sheriff Lee Baca who released Paris early citing an unspecified medical condition and jail overcrowding.

Judge Sauer is the man of the hour. He dragged poor Paris back into jail where she will serve 23 days if she receives credit for good behavior. Paris, good behavior?

Those of us interested in justice for all can rest assured Paris is getting her just rewards. While her career takes another quantum leap forward.

Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter ? Simon, with offices in Truckee, South Lake Tahoe and Reno. He is a mediator and was the Governor’s appointee to the Bipartisan McPherson Commission and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He may be reached at porter@portersimon.com or at the firm’s web site http://www.portersimon.com.

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