Criminal Justice

Computer Musings Could Help Spector Defense

The judge overseeing the murder trial of record producer Phil Spector is mulling whether to admit writings from the home computer of the woman found dead in his home.

Defense lawyers want to introduce the material to show that actress Lana Clarkson was depressed and likely shot herself, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Judge Larry Paul Fidler told lawyers yesterday he was leaning toward allowing the writings, which described drug and alcohol abuse and hearing voices.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson argued the musings may have been fictional since Clarkson was taking a creative writing class. The judge asked Jackson if it is more appropriate to raise that point in cross-examination or argument.

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