Cameras will be allowed at the California murder trial of rock producer Phil Spector. Following the fiasco of the OJ Simpson trial in 1995, California judges have been reluctant to allow cameras in the courtroom. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said it was time to set aside the “fear of cameras in the courtroom.” He said that Los Angeles judges “don’t want what happened to Judge Ito [Simpson’s judge] to happen to them.” Judge Fidler did warn that he’d pull the plug if coverage was handled badly or jurors were shown.
Spector is best known for his work with the Beatles. He is charged with shooting and killing Lana Clarkson, a B-movie actress, in 2003. Spector could face life in prison if convicted.
Spector claims that Clarkson committed suicide in his home for reasons he did not know.