Spector's new lawyer wants Sept. retrial date


A San Francisco lawyer says he will represent Phil Spector in his retrial on a murder charge and that he could not be ready to proceed until September.

The proposed date would put the new trial exactly one year after the record producer's first one ended in a hung jury.

Doron Weinberg told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler on Friday that he needs five months to review all the material from Spector's first trial. A mistrial was declared Sept. 26 when jurors could not agree whether he had shot actress Lana Clarkson to death in 2003.

Clarkson's family was in the courtroom Friday, as were Spector and his wife, as the schedule was discussed.

Weinberg said co-counsel Christopher Plourd is involved in two death penalty cases and could not be available to try the Spector case until the fall.