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Spector Sues Old Lawyer to Pay New?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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It costs ungodly amounts of money to side step a second-degree murder conviction, particularly with loads of evidence and distracting haircuts stacked against you. Just ask Phil Spector, the famed music producer who was granted a mistrial in his murder case of actress Lana Clarkson. While awaiting his retrial, and probably expecting this new round of legal hacks to be none the cheaper, Phil has again moved to recoup a $1 million retainer he paid his first lead council, O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro, in 2003.

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Spector claims Shapiro used him for press, and that his shoddy legal maneuvers probably led prosecutors to try Spector in the first place. Oh, and besides, Spector was not on his meds when he signed the agreement—or the check.


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