May 12, 1995 |
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito has tried again and again to control the courtroom behavior of lawyers in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. He has scolded them in front of the jury and has spelled out his rules of decorum in painstaking detail. But Thursday, his response to yet another outburst was to slam his hands down on his desk, glare and take some money out of their pockets. When defense lawyer Peter Neufeld and Deputy Dist. Atty.
March 23, 1996 |
Brian "Kato" Kaelin said during a televised interview Friday that he believes O.J. Simpson killed his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Last month, Kaelin told attorneys pressing wrongful death lawsuits against Simpson that Nicole Simpson thought the former football star would kill her. But Kaelin's comments Friday marked the first time he has publicly stated that he believes Simpson murdered her.
January 27, 1995
Things were testier than usual in the O.J. Simpson murder trial Thursday morning. As defense lawyer Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was addressing Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, Deputy Dist. Atty. Marcia Clark rose to object. Ito, who has grown increasingly impatient with the lawyers in recent days, brusquely refused to let her speak, touching off a heated exchange that revealed the extent to which patience is wearing thin on all sides. Ito (to Clark): No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
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May 17, 1991 |
Pressing for a rapid conclusion to the "39th and Dalton" trial, attorneys representing three Los Angeles police officers rested their case Thursday after only one defense witness testified. When the prosecutor, Christopher A. Darden, announced Wednesday that he was resting his case, "my feeling was he just threw in the towel," said defense lawyer Barry Levin, who represents Capt. Thomas Elfmont. By that time, Darden had called 25 witnesses.
March 17, 1995 |
Seeking to capitalize on his lawyers' role in the O.J Simpson trial, Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti argued before the Board of Supervisors Thursday that county prosecutors such as Marcia Clark and Christopher A. Darden deserve a pay raise. Using the long hours put in by Clark and Darden as examples, Garcetti proposed that all prosecutors receive a pay hike of between 2.2% and 11%, effective July 1.
September 28, 1995 |
Facts and symbols are the flint and steel of final arguments. A skillful trial attorney knows how to strike them together to create the sparks that will ignite the flame that might be justice--or simply victory. Over the last two days, the events in and around O.J.
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June 29, 1995 |
Just as the circus has its sideshows, so the Simpson trial has its sidebars. A transcript of one released Wednesday throws new light on a pair of this week's continuing dramas. One has to do with the jurors' choice of literature, in this case John Grisham's best-selling novel "The Rainmaker," which includes an incident of domestic violence. During a bench conference on the matter Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito said to defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
April 14, 1995 |
A revealing and potentially troubling portrait of life on the O.J. Simpson jury emerged from transcripts released Thursday in which an ousted juror described physical confrontations between black and white panelists and offered new details supporting her contention that sheriff's deputies promoted the racial divisions. Responding to questions posed behind closed doors by Superior Court Judge Lance A.