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At Least Someone Benefited From the Costly O.J. Trial

May 22, 1997

In "Starting Over" (May 14) it is declared that Marcia Clark's newly gained "sense of self" was "more important than a courtroom victory."

Silly me. I thought that the People vs. O.J. Simpson was a trial of an accused double murderer, not therapy for a public employee lacking self-esteem. Even though a man found by another court to be guilty of two vicious murders has gone free, Clark's enhanced self-image is something we can all be proud of. It is comforting to know that someone benefited from the millions of public dollars spent.

However, it is my suspicion that the $4 million Clark received for her book is the principal part of the therapeutic process.

DAVID ALEXANDER

Long Beach

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Think about the number of people who have made tons of money because of O.J. Simpson. Whoever heard of any of the prosecution team before the trial? They lost the case, poor babies, but they reaped a pot of gold.

Now that Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden are millionaires, Mark Fuhrman shouldn't be far behind. I don't begrudge any of them their literary success, but there is this little voice in the back of my head that keeps nagging me, wondering why fledgling authors are rewarded for writing sensational material. If it weren't for their luck in becoming involved, they might never have made it as successful writers.

GEORGE BULLOCK

Pomona

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