Phil Spector appealing conviction to U.S. Supreme Court

phil-spector-mug.jpgMusic legend Phil Spector is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to review his 2009 murder conviction. The AP is reporting Spector, the 71-year-old producer behind such hits as The Beatles album "Let it Be," believes the judge at his murder trial violated his constitutional rights.

Dennis Riordan, Spector's attorney, is claiming that the Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler essentially became a prosecution witness by providing his opinion on expert testimony. The filing specifically makes reference to the prosecution using the judge's taped comments as well as his photo during their closing arguments.

Previous filings for the same complaint to appellate courts and the California Supreme Court were declined review.

Spector is serving 19 years to life for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Photo/Video credit: California Dept of Corrections