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sets of attorneys. He was first represented by Robert Shapiro, one of the original members of the O.J. Simpson “dream team.” Shapiro was replaced by well-known defense attorney Leslie Abramson, who in turn was replaced by Bruce Cutler, best known as the attorney for Mafia boss John Gotti. Cutler, who was frequently absent from court to film a television show, left the defense team on Aug. 27, when Spector refused to allow him to give the closing argument. It was given instead by attorney Roger Rosen, who had functioned as lead attorney in Cutler’s absence. Famed forensic expert Henry Lee was accused of hiding crucial evidence found at the crime scene that the police had overlooked. Sara Caplan, one of Spector’s former attorneys, was compelled to testify that Lee placed a item in a vial at the crime scene but that she couldn’t identify it. A former law clerk also claimed to see Lee remove an item from the crime scene. The prosecution theorized that the missing item was an acrylic nail that was pulled off Clarkson’s hand, and it was evidence that she did not shoot herself. Fidler ultimately ruled that Lee had hidden or destroyed evidence. Another well-known forensic expert for the defense, Michael Baden, was accused of having a fundamental bias because his wife, Linda Kenney-Baden, is a member of the defense team and specializes in forensics. Baden introduced a new theory late in the trial that Clark had breathed for several minutes before she died to explain a spot of blood on Spector’s jacket. The defense contended his clothes would have been soaked with blood if he had been holding the gun because she was shot at such close range. Spector, 67, had a decades-long career as a musician, songwriter and, most of all, record producer, pioneering the so-called Wall of Sound. During the ‘60s, he worked with several bands, notably the Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and the Ronnettes. Spector married lead singer Ronnie Spector in 1968. Spector made a comeback in 1970 when he was brought in to produce the Beatles’ “Let It Be” and produced albums for John Lennon and George Harrison during their solo careers. Rumors of Spector’s bizarre behavior, including his obsession with guns, circulated for years. Ronnie Spector, who filed for divorce in 1972, wrote in her memoir that he threatened to kill her if she left him. According to several accounts, Spector threatened Lennon with a gun during a recording session, placed a loaded pistol at Leonard Cohen’s head and forced Dee Dee Ramone to play guitar at gunpoint. Spector’s habit of wearing the outlandish wigs he sported at the trial reportedly dates to the 1970s, following a near-fatal car accident, in which he suffered massive head injuries. (Wire services contributed to this report.)
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