UCLA Law School professor Peter Arenella and Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, offer their take on the Simpson trial. Joining them is defense lawyer Gerald L. Chaleff, who will rotate with other experts as the case moves forward. Today's topic: The doctor makes a court call.
On the defense: Another mixed-bag witness. That O.J. had no bruises appears inconsistent with someone who two days earlier had overcome two young vigorous adults in a violent struggle. But Dr. Huizenga's conclusion that O.J. was physically capable of committing the murders made his medical condition appear to be another defense red herring.
On the prosecution: Like Barry Scheck's exam of Dennis Fung, Brian Kelberg's cross of Dr. Huizenga showed how a well-prepared attorney can dismantle an expert. Showing his own considerable medical knowledge, Kelberg used Huizenga's lab tests to demonstrate that O.J. showed no signs of any arthritic flare-up at the time of the murders.
On the defense: Who says doctors won't make house calls? They will if you are O.J. Huizinga saw O.J. twice to evaluate his mental and physical state. If you believe the doctor, O.J. may look like Tarzan but actually is a cripple. He said O.J. cut himself on glass, not a knife, but as a friend of Bob Shapiro and athletes, his findings are suspect.