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Spector -- Hiring a Lawyer Can Be Murder

12/19/2007 9:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Phil Spector has sued famed attorney Robert Shapiro for a million bucks.
Phil and Robert
Spector, who was arrested and tried for the murder of Lana Clarkson, hired Shapiro (of O.J. Simpson fame) shortly after he was arrested -- the two had a long-standing friendship. The suit claims Shapiro got Spector to sign a "non-refundable retainer" of $1 million, at a time when Spector "was laboring under a tremendous amount of mental stress that comes with being arrested for murder." The suit also claims Spector signed when he was not taking his meds.

The suit claims Shapiro created "horrendous" problems for Spector in the trial, which eventually ended in a hung jury and that there really ain't no such thing as "non-refundable" in retainer agreements.

Phil wants his mil back from Shapiro.

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16.

Shag    

Spector is a murderer. He deserves to be screwed, just wait 'til he gets to prison. Pun intended.

2500 days ago
17.

Cheryl    

This is a real shame!! anyone with money can murder someone & walk free!! & what kind of lawyer would represent a murderer? some people make others look bad.

2500 days ago
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Carolyn A-B    

Greedy Robert Shapiro just couldn't resist when his "friend" sought legal help. Phil Spector has hired and fired attorneys as part of his strategy to delay the legal process. He bought that mistrial, and now he will have to go through the ordeal of a trial again. The claim about being off his meds is a self-serving excuse that cannot be proved.I hope Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, et alia, are getting a kick out of this, watching Spector's comeuppance. The conviction after trial will be icing on the cake. Kiss your money goodbye, Mr. Spector. You signed a deal and Shapiro performed his legal services. Now get ready to pay another defense team .

2500 days ago
19.

Phony Tony    

Hey, Phil, put the gun in YOUR mouth and show us how it "accidentally" went off.

2500 days ago
20.

jbird    

I have an eerie feeling he will die of natural causes before a verdict is ever reached. Somehow, he'll manage to cheat us out of a justice system outcome...Cant explain it, just feel it!

2500 days ago
21.

Sir Nigel Buttercrumpet    

Yeah, give the clown his money back so he can buy more guns.

2500 days ago
22.

BEve    

Phillip is innocent, Lana killed herself. Shapiro pay up!

2499 days ago
23.

the wise old owl    

Phil spector is the so guilty of killing Lana Clarkson that it screams out .........PAY off.

I AM ASHAMED OF OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM.



2499 days ago
24.

the wise old owl    

i CAN'T BELIEVE THAT ANYONE WOULD THINK THIS FREAK IS INNOCENT of murder ....... AND THAT LANA CLARKSON DID THIS TO HERSELF/

THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF WHY WE NEED ' PROFESSIONAL " JURIORS " INSTEAD OF RANDOM PEOPLE TO DECIDE THE FATE OF MURDERER'S WHO ARE GUILTY. . THIS MAN GOT AWAY WITH MANSLAUGHTER. .

I HOPE NONE OF YOU READING THIS EVER HAVE TO LOSE a daughter to a privleged person like PHil Spector who can get away with murder because he has $$$$$ ....

2499 days ago
25.

egriffin    

Phil, be glad Shapiro was willing to help you at all! Quit being cheap!

2499 days ago
26.

BronzedBum    

Only in America........once again, $$ talks, BS walks....and Phil, you are one sick duck

2499 days ago
27.

Sheena    

~What a goon~ He has some damn ridiculous excuse for everything.....I can't stand Phil Spector...!!

2499 days ago
28.

Dyna ™    

Phil, Phil, Phil... you can't murder someone and not pay the lawyer.... Hopefully, your next trial will find you guilty. IF not, maybe you'll think twice before you stick a gun in another woman's mouth. You are one creepy dude!

2499 days ago
29.

Tangie    

I boggles my mind how murderers walk free....

2499 days ago
30.

Kate    

Personally, I don't know how Shapiro sleeps at night. He aided in the release of two murderers all for the money. I just don't know how he can look at his daughters without thinking about Nicole Simpson's daughter who, thanks to her murdering father, doesn't have a mother anymore. And lets not forget Lana Clarkson's family. Both of these sleeze bags will rot and burn in hell.

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