Motions are being filed as the case moves toward selection of a jury and the start of testimony. Jackson also sought to exclude an unfinished memoir found in Clarkson’s home computer in which she discussed using cocaine in her youth and DVD clips of Clarkson acting in TV and movies, holding a gun and appearing in scenes with implied sexual content. Jackson said there was no evidence that the guns in the scenes were real. “The most obvious point, however, is that the victim … is acting. She is in scenes created by others, speaking lines written by others, and conducting herself as directed by others,” the motion said. “Those characters are not Lana Clarkson any more than Sir Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter.” Prosecutors allege Spector – creator of the “Wall of Sound” that revolutionized the recording of rock music – shot Clarkson to death. The coroner’s office called it a homicide, but also noted that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands and may have pulled the trigger. Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder case asked a judge Friday to limit personal attacks on shooting victim Lana Clarkson by the defense, including witness statements alleging the actress was suicidal because of a declining career, that she was an expert in handling firearms and had a history of drug use. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said in court documents that the defense “will attempt to attack the character of victim Lana Clarkson by painting her as the kind of person who might kill herself, despite a medical history showing no depression or suicidal” ideas. He said the evidence is prejudicial, irrelevant and inadmissible on multiple grounds. Clarkson was shot to death Feb. 3, 2003, in the foyer of Spector’s suburban Alhambra home. Best known for her role in the 1980s cult film “Barbarian Queen,” she was a nightclub hostess at the time of her death. Spector has pleaded not guilty and has suggested the shooting was an accident. The prosecutor also said that the defense has been tardy in revealing the statements of some witnesses and should be precluded from calling them to the stand. Among them is a woman identified as “Punkin Pie” Laughlin, a friend of Clarkson. According to the motion, Laughlin asserts that the “victim was trained to handle guns because of her movie roles, felt humiliated by her job as VIP hostess at The House of Blues, used Vicodin recreationally and twice told Punkin Pie that she wanted to kill herself.” Prosecutors said the witness’ statements are speculation, improper opinion and conflict with an account she gave just after Clarkson’s death. They also noted the woman is trying to sell a book on her role in the case. The motion said the only drugs prescribed for Clarkson in recent years were for migraine headaches.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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TORONTO – A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar is seeking leave to bring his case before Canada’s top court.Const. James Forcillo fired two separate volleys at 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, who was standing alone and holding a small knife, in an incident that ignited public outrage after a bystander’s video came to light.In 2016, a jury acquitted Forcillo of the more serious charge of second-degree murder related to the first volley of shots — which killed the teen — but found him guilty of attempted murder related to the second hail of bullets, fired seconds later while Yatim was lying on his back.Lawyers for Forcillo challenged the ruling but Ontario’s top court dismissed the appeal in April.In upholding Forcillo’s conviction and sentence, Ontario’s Court of Appeal found Forcillo’s second round of shots was “clearly unnecessary and excessive.”His legal team is now seeking to challenge the appeal court decision, arguing that the first and second volleys were “artificially” divided into two separate events, leading to the separate charges.Michael Lacy, Joseph Wilkinson and Bryan Badali are asking the Supreme Court to decide whether prosecutors were required to prove that the first and second rounds of shots were two different “transactions.”They are also contesting Forcillo’s initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer than the mandatory minimum.In their application to the court, the lawyers write that mandatory minimum sentences are intended to deter people from committing crimes.But the lawyers argue that when someone carrying a firearm legally uses it in good faith — as they suggest Forcillo did — that person is not deterred because they believe they’re obeying the law and therefore would not go to prison.The Crown has 30 days to respond to the application.The court has said it takes an average of three months to decide on leave applications after they are filed.Forcillo recently had six months added to his sentence after pleading guilty to perjury. He had also been charged with breaching the conditions of his bail while awaiting the Ontario Court of Appeal decision, along with obstruction of justice, but those charges were dropped after he entered the guilty plea.