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The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To (06/28)

June 28, 2007 9:09 AM ET

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? The defense's first witness, forensic pathologist Vincent DiMaio, was back on the stand yesterday. It seemed like it was going to be a good day for Phil Spector. The morning showed DiMaio eloquently reasoning why, in his professional opinion, Lana Clarkson killed herself. But just when you thought, "Hey, maybe there is reasonable doubt here," prosecutor Alan Jackson cross-examined the witness, and it was all downhill from that point on for Spector. DiMaio, a statue in the morning, was reduced to a stammering, angry hired gun in the afternoon session as Jackson flustered the expert with questions pertaining to bias and scientific objectivity.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD FOR SPECTOR? Bad. Jackson manhandled DiMaio, especially when the prosecutor queried DiMaio regarding his total pay thus far as a Spector witness. The answer of $26,400 shocked the jury.

HAIR & WARDROBE UPDATE: Spector, who didn't recognize his estranged adopted son when he walked into court, wore a black pinstripe suit, brown shirt and a tiger-print tie.

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