Music legend Phil Spector has hired leading lawyer LESLIE ABRAMSON to represent him in his murder trial, delaying her retirement.

The legendary attorney believes the WALL OF SOUND producer - free on $1 million (GBP555,000) bail - is innocent of charges he murdered actress LANA CLARKSON at his Los Angeles home last year (03).

And Abramson admits she only turned back on her decision to quit because Spector's her "idol".

She says, "I was about to hang it up when I got the call.

"No other defendant would get me to give up my freedom. No other defendant was someone I considered an idol, an icon and the definition of cool.

"I don't see any evidence that he did it."

04/02/2004 00:04