Lawyers appeal Phil Spector's conviction

This Friday, June 5, 2009 photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows music producer Phil Spector in prison in Kern County, Calif. On Monday, June 23, 2009, Spector was moved to a "sensitive needs facility" in California's largest state prison to serve his sentence for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

March 11, 2010 7:43:22 PM PST
Lawyers for legendary music producer Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct.

In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed on Wednesday, the attorneys cited multiple reasons why they believe the 70-year-old Spector was denied his right to a fair trial.

Among those reasons was the admission of testimony from five women who said they were threatened by Spector with guns in years past and the prosecution's use of a videotape of the trial judge commenting on evidence in the case. Spector's attorneys said prosecutors improperly argued he should be convicted due to his bad character.

Spector is serving 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.