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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prison officials won’t allow music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector to attend a civil trial in which he is trying to recoup $1 million paid to celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro, a lawyer told a judge on Friday.
Spector will still be a star witness in the case but will instead appear via a videotaped deposition.
Dempsey said at a pretrial hearing that he was advised by prison officials that his client would not be moved for the trial scheduled to begin March 7.
Spector was convicted of the second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson and is serving a sentence of 19 years to life at Corcoran State Prison.
Shapiro’s attorneys deny any wrongdoing and say the producer knew he was paying to have exclusive rights to the lawyer who also helped defend O.J. Simpson at his murder trial.
The producer’s deposition is several years old and will have to be edited to exclude issues that won’t be presented to the jury.
Superior Court Judge Malcolm said he had a similar problem when handling a case involving rapper Dr. Dre and producer Suge Knight, who was jailed at the time.
“It was impossible,” Mackey said about efforts to have Knight attend the proceedings.
Among those expected to testify is Leslie Abramson, who also defended Spector before resigning.
Spector is known for his work with musicians such as The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers and The Ronettes.
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