Citing his eighth amendment right prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, imprisoned music producer Phil Spector is suing the State of California over what he calls “deplorable, unacceptable” conditions in prison.
Spector, convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, is imprisoned at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
The legendary music producer says he wants to record more music from his jail cell, having already signed six prisoners to his record label. The problem is, he has no access to a suitable recording studio.
“I would like to produce 12-track albums for each of my new acts, but the acoustics on Cellblock B are deplorable,” Spector wrote in a statement. “Prison cell walls just don’t have the sufficient acoustics for me to create my Wall of Sound recording technique.”
Spector’s first trial of first degree murder ended in a hung jury. He maintains Clarkson either committed suicide or accidentally shot herself while prosecutors said he shot Clarkson.
Spector still faces a wrongful-death lawsuit from Clarkson’s family.