Phil Spector's conviction was upheld by a unanimous decision of the Court of Appeal, according to the LA Times. In a statement released by the Alan Jackson for DA campaign, Jackson said: "The Court's stongly-worded ruling today affirms what we at the District Attorney's office have known since 2009: Mr. Spector received a fair trial and his murder conviction was proper. I am proud to have represented the People in the fight to get justice for Lana Clarkson. This is a great day for Lana, the Clarkson family and for Los Angeles. Phil Spector is exactly where he should be--behind bars."
That's bad news for Spector.
|If looks could kill ... Phil Spector does not look happy.|
(Credit: Los Angeles Times)
Good news for Carmen Trutanich.
|Rick Orlov at the Daily News all but accused Trutanich of "grandstanding"|
in an op-ed criticizing Trutanich for exaggerating his role regarding DNA Rape Kits.
Bad news for Trutanich is that he got his name in the press for making false claims. The Daily News article explained that Trutanich had not been invited to LAPD Chief Beck's press call on the clearing of the Rape Kit backlog.
But despite not being invited to the presser, Orlov reported that Trutanich nevertheless issued this statement,"we as prosecutors are successfully using these kits and other evidence to prosecute criminals."
Trutanich's statement was questioned by Orlov, who reported that an aide told him (on background) that "The city attorney was not involved and his office is unlikely to use the evidence kit because they prosecute misdemeanor crimes."
It seems that the unnamed aide, Chief Beck and Orlov all understand that the city attorney prosecutes misdemeanor crimes, while felonies, such as rape (as in "Rape Kits") are not prosecuted by Trutanich, making his statement basically false.
It probably has not escaped Orlov's attention, as well as the attention of many others, that as Trutanich ramps up his bid to become District Attorney, he is increasingly trying to make himself relevant to criminal issues that really are not in his purview, just to get some ink.
Examples of "grandstanding" by Trutanich are not hard to find.
|The Daily Breeze was one of many local media outlets covering|
the successful take down of the infamous RSP Gang.
It appears that Trutanich may have been so misleading as to his actual role in this gang sweep, that reporters got entirely the wrong impression about Trutanich.
|ABC7's Darsha Philips thinks Trutanich is the District Attorney.|
Orlov deferentially entitled his op-ed "Trutanich may try to raise his profile soon," however, Orlov seems to be saying that Trutanich is all too willing to make false claims about his relevance to criminal issues in order to raise that profile.