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Phillip Spector Legal Brief Supporting Writ of Habeas Corpus Filed by Dennis Riordan 6-18-2012 by Dennis Riordan

Phillip Spector Legal Brief Supporting Writ of Habeas Corpus Filed by Dennis Riordan 6-18-2012 by Dennis Riordan

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Music Producer Phil Spector's latest appeal from his murder conviction filed in United States Dstrict Court by appellate Attorney Dennis Riordan
Music Producer Phil Spector's latest appeal from his murder conviction filed in United States Dstrict Court by appellate Attorney Dennis Riordan

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Case 2:12-cv-05288-SJO-PLA Document 2 Filed 06/18/12 Page 1 of 75 Page ID #:13
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION..................................................1STATEMENT OF THE CASE........................................3STATEMENT OF FACTS...........................................4A.February 2 and 3, 2005: Events Before the Shooting.............4B.February 3: The Shot and Its Aftermath.......................5C.Mr. Spectors Arrest......................................7D.The Investigation.........................................71.The Initial Crime Scene Findings.......................82.The Autopsy.......................................93.The Physical Evidence..............................10a.Toxicology..................................10b. The Gun....................................10c.DNA Evidence...............................10d.Gunshot Residue..............................11e.Blood Spatter Evidence........................12f.Fingerprints.................................13g.No Evidence of a Struggle......................13E.The Evidence Concerning Whether Lana ClarksonCommitted Suicide or Shot the Gun Accidentally..............151.Evidence That Intraoral Killings Are AlmostAlways Suicides...................................152.Evidence That the Trajectory of Intraoral SuicidesIs Typically Upward................................153.Evidence That Drugs and Alcohol ReduceImpulse Control...................................154.Evidence Relating to Clarkson’s PsychologicalState at the Time of the Shooting......................155. Expert Testimony on Suicide.........................18
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F.The Failure to Investigate Clarkson’s PsychologicalHistory Before Concluding That She Did Not CommitSuicide................................................19G.The Expert Testimony on Who Fired the Fatal Shot............201.Lynn Herold......................................202.Stuart James......................................213.Werner Spitz......................................224.James Pex........................................245.Vincent DiMaio...................................24H.The Prior Conduct Evidence...............................26ARGUMENT.....................................................27I.THE INTRODUCTION AGAINST PETITIONER OFTESTIMONIAL STATEMENTS OF THE VERY JUDGEBEFORE WHOM HE WAS BEING TRIED DEPRIVEDHIM OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO AN IMPARTIALJUDGE AND REQUIRES HABEAS RELIEF.....................27A.Introduction............................................27B.Statement of Facts.......................................271. The Herold Testimony at the Retrial...................272. The Lintemoot Testimony at the Retrial.................293.The Videotape of the 2007 Hearing....................304.Use of the Videotape in ProsecutionCross-Examination at the Retrial......................325. Defense Objections to the Videotape..................326.Use of the Videotape During the State’sClosing Argument..................................34C.The Trial Judge Violated the Rule of 
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and Progeny............................................36D.Petitioner Was Deprived of His ConstitutionalRight to an Impartial Judge................................39E.The State Appellate Court’s Decision RequiresRelief Under Section 2254(d) ............................40
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