Legendary music producer Phil Spector has lost a legal bid to have the judge on his murder trial disqualified from handling his second trial.
Earlier this year (08), Spector launched a legal bid to disqualify Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler from the music producer's murder retrial over allegations of bias.
In March (08), Spector's newly appointed lawyer Doron Weinberg filed a 44-page document to the court claiming Fidler withdrew a jury instruction and crafted a new one after jurors first announced they were deadlocked in September 2007 - causing the case to be declared a mistrial.
But on Wednesday (25Jun08), a notice on the court's website read: "Petition for review denied."
Spector will now appear for a pre-trial hearing on 29 July (08) before his trial starts on 29 September (08).