LOS ANGELES – A judge in Los Angeles has ordered that the murder trial of rock and roll producer Phil Spector will be televised.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ruled today on requests by electronic news media to allow gavel-to-gavel coverage. Fidler said only jury selection will not be televised.
Attorneys for Spector have opposed cameras in the court, saying it would cause witnesses to act differently and might make jurors self-conscious in their role.
But Fidler said if there is any negative fallout, he can "pull the plug at any time."
Spector is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson four years ago at his suburban mansion in Alhambra.
The 67-year-old record producer has pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1 million bail. Jury selection is scheduled to begin March 19.