Juror Jim finds Spector guilty as charged
At press deadline the jury is still out in the Phil Spector murder trial in Tinseltown.
As of Tuesday jurors have deliberated 26 hours and 50 minutes over a six day period and buzzed twice on Monday ” they needed more question forms.
As a mock juror and open-minded person, I’m not sure what is taking so long. I made up my mind as soon as five women testified under oath that, like actress Lana Clarkson, they each had a gun put to their head by Spector after spurning his requests for sexual favors: “Juror Porter is ready to vote, your Honor.”
Millions of dollars of criminal defense fees, hiring upwards of millions of dollars of experts to unabashedly testify as to Spector’s innocence is not persuasive ” or so says this juror. Even the dubious testimony of forensic pathologist Michael Baden, who just happens to be the husband of Spector’s attorney ” that’s right, husband ” was not convincing. As the prosecutor asked on cross-examination of Mr. Baden, “If your testimony does not favor Mr. Spector, will you end up on the couch?”
Generally, the longer a jury is out in a criminal case, the better it is for the defense. I.e. someone is not convinced that guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. On the other hand, it only took four hours for the jurors in the O.J. Simpson trial to decide there was no doubt, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
(At this very moment, O.J. is out on bail for suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary with a firearm. He may finally get his comeuppance.)
In the Spector trial, the jurors begin deliberations each morning around 9:30 and work until 4 with an hour lunch and two short breaks. Neither the attorneys nor Spector have been seen in the courtroom. Presumably the attorneys are working on other matters. Spector is at home ” probably watching Court TV or perhaps rearranging his assortment of wigs.
Vanity Fair’s Dominick Dunne of O.J. fame, remains on verdict watch as do dozens of other journalists sitting quietly in the courtroom waiting for the jurors to buzz three times. One buzz means deliberations have begun or ended. A single buzz followed by a pause and another single buzz indicates a question or request ” “Twelve double espressos please.” Three means they’d decided.
The jurors have asked to see the gun, a snub-nose .38-caliber Colt Special revolver that was found with one expended shell at Clarkson’s feet. With such a short barrel it is a notoriously inaccurate pistol, but at two inches, size doesn’t really matter.
The jury is an interesting mix. Juror No. 216, the presumed foreman and spokesman for the jury, is a 32-year-old man from Alhambra with a master’s degree in engineering. I would think the defense team is pleased to have an engineer as the foreman.
Interestingly, Juror No. 268 is a 41-year-old man from Pasadena who works as a television producer for NBC. He followed the Michael Jackson and O.J. Simpson cases “and many others around the country, constantly.” There are only two female jurors, probably due to defense challenges.
Meanwhile, Judge Fidler imposed a gag order for Rachelle Spector, wife of the presumed-innocent defendant for speaking to the media defending her music genius husband last week. She’s 27; he’s 67. The loving Mrs. Spector, who was in the courtroom during the trial, was not home when Clarkson and the other five women were threatened by her husband. Must be a close relationship.
I’m predicting at least one juror will hold out ” resulting in a mistrial, which means we may go through this all over again. I would be surprised if Spector is acquitted, but not surprised, in fact, relieved if he is convicted. In the meantime, this juror will remain open-minded.
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