Attorneys working for music producer Phil Spector have confirmed they will appeal his murder conviction, insisting the testimony of past girlfriends swayed the jury's decision.
The mogul was jailed on Monday (13Apr09) after jurors in Los Angeles found him guilty of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who died from a gunshot wound in Spector's Alhambra, California mansion in 2003.
And his lawyer Doron Weinberg immediately made plans for an appeal, claiming prosecutors stacked the evidence against his client by calling on the testimony of ex-girlfriends, who claimed they'd been victims of Spector's gun-loving, violent ways.
Weinberg said the judges decision to allow the women to testify about events stretching back three decades would be among the grounds for appeal.
Weinberg says, "We believe analytically there is absolutely no legal basis for the admissibility of that evidence."
But the attorney reveals Spector knew a conviction was likely when jurors announced they had reached a verdict almost six months after the retrial began.
He adds, "Mr. Spector is a realistic man."
At a news conference held after Monday's verdict, a jury spokeswoman revealed the panel was swayed by the "totality" of the evidence against Spector, laid out during the retrial.