Judge in Spector Trial Angry Re: Surprise Expert Witness

An angry judge berated Phil Spector’s defense team this week for what he called “tactical, knowing” misconduct involving a new theory on Lana Clarkson’s death. Well known forensic pathologist expert witness Dr. Michael Baden revealed an explanation for blood on Spector’s clothing to jurors on the witness stand without notifing the prosecution in advance. CourtTVnews.com reports:

“I want to make it very clear there is a deliberate and knowing violation of discovery,” Fidler told the lawyers. Fidler interrupted Baden’s much-anticipated testimony soon after he laid out the new theory and held a special hearing outside the presence of jurors. The judge precluded the defense from questioning the expert witness further about the theory, which holds that Lana Clarkson survived a gunshot wound for several minutes.