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Spector evidence to be released
Phil Spector
Phil Spector has denied murdering actress Lana Clarkson
A judge has ruled documents relating to the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector should be made public.

Mr Spector's lawyers had argued that his chance of a fair trial would be hindered if transcripts from grand jury hearings on the case were released.

But Los Angeles judge Larry Paul Fiddler said an unbiased jury would be found and that many younger people would not appreciate Mr Spector's fame.

Mr Spector denies murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson at his home.

His lawyer Bruce Cutler argued the 1,000-page transcript of the grand jury hearing, which decided Mr Spector should stand trial, was "full of lies".

Media outlets had sought the release of the documents.

"They will go out and sell their newspapers. But this will have an effect on Mr Spector's life" said another of Mr Spector's legal team, Roger Rosen.

Unlikely interest

Prosecutors were keen for the documents to be released to the public, arguing there was little risk a jury would be influenced, and pointing out that Los Angeles was used to celebrity trials.

Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson died in February 2003
"Nearly all of the hit records he produced were made in the 1960s and 1970s," argued Douglas Sortino.

"It is likely that most people who came of age after that period have no idea of who he is and no current interest in what he has done."

But Mr Rosen said his client "is certainly an international star".

Judge Fiddler ruled the transcripts should be released but gave the defence 10 days to appeal against the decision.

Mr Spector has worked with the likes of The Righteous Brothers, John Lennon and The Ronettes and created the "wall of sound" production method.

He is currently free on $1m bail and has repeatedly denied shooting Ms Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra in February 2003.

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