The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (06/19)

June 19, 2007 11:12 AM ET

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY In the first half of the day, we heard more ballistics evidence, including an in-depth look at gunshot residue procedure. At this point, the defense's claim that Lana Clarkson committed suicide has been deemed "preposterous" by Court TV analysts. After a brief intermission where Judge Filder threw out a mistrial request, Spector's former lawyer Sara Caplan took the stand regarding her role in an evidence-theft allegation. To every question, Caplan sobbed the phrase "I cannot answer the question in light of the constitutional and ethical principles I have previously cited" and found herself in contempt. She was ordered to prison starting this Friday. After leaving the stand, Spector was seen nodding appreciatively to Caplan, who bit a major bullet for her ex-client.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR SPECTOR Good. Caplan is saving Spector from some potentially incendiary testimony. Also, the prosecution taught the jury words like "recoil" and "muzzle flip," but it's all been "overkill."


HAIR & WARDROBE UPDATE Spector and a tie officially celebrated their one-week anniversary, as Phil donned a black pinstripe suit, cerulean shirt, and mustard tie/handkerchief combo.

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