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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wall Of Silence, Take 3: Judge Doesn't Yet Rule On Character Testimony In Spector Retrial

I've written twice (here and here) about the retrial of Phil Spector and his attorneys' attempt to preclude the prosecution from presenting the testimony of five women who testified at Spector's initial trial that he had a proclivity for threatening women with guns (as well as the proposed testimony of a sixth woman to the same effect).  Today, the judge heard several defense pre-trial motions, including a motion on this issue, but he did not rule on the issue of whether these women could render this character testimony against Spector.  As I previously noted, however, the issue seems clear, with the judge seemingly having no option but to exclude the testimony.

-CM

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