October 6, 1995 |
Interviewing on television is a tough business. Sometimes you're good, as ABC's Barbara Walters was last week in a candid chat with actor Christopher Reeve that displayed his great will, courage, intelligence and even sense of humor in facing the paralysis he suffered in a riding accident. Sometimes you're bad, as Walters was this week when Robert Shapiro sounded off to her about his rift with two fellow members of the O.J. Simpson defense team, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and F. Lee Bailey.
October 4, 1995 |
Despite their mutual success in securing not guilty verdicts for O.J. Simpson, "Dream Team" defense attorney Robert L. Shapiro traded barbs with co-counsels Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and F. Lee Bailey on Tuesday night in separate televised interviews. Saying that he disagreed strongly with Cochran's decision to "play a race card" in the Simpson murder trial, Shapiro said he will never work with Cochran again.
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March 21, 1995
After weeks of waiting, trial watchers in the O.J. Simpson case have finally seen the "greatest trial lawyer of the 20th century," F. Lee Bailey. He revealed a style that is given to extravagant exaggeration, deliberate display of emotion for effect, caustic speech and groundless accusations. To the legal profession this may be the ideal example of a defense attorney, but to me he is the epitome of asininity. FRANK LLOYD Los Angeles I've seen the greatest basketball player in all of human history in Michael Jordan; the finest tenor in decades in Luciano Pavarotti; and now, I'm told, I'm watching the foremost barrister of the second half of the 20th Century in Bailey.
March 17, 1995
Smilin' eyes: Among the least-known facts about St. Patrick, according to comedy writer Mark Miller: * Real name: Pat Lipschitz. * Invented Irish Spring soap. * Not only drove snakes out of Ireland, had them made into boots. * Was instrumental in having Ireland's official greeting changed from, "Hey, how's it hangin'?" to "Top of the mornin' to ya." More blarney: "An important St. Pat's reminder: A Shamrock Shake should be the only green food you get this week at McDonald's." (Kevin S.
March 17, 1995 |
After weeks of name-calling, backbiting, finger-pointing, bickering and sniping, it all came to a head Thursday when Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito ordered the lawyers in the O.J. Simpson case, like disobedient schoolchildren, to apologize and abide by his Seven Commandments for decorous courtroom behavior. In contrast to the rancor of the previous day's hearing, prosecutor Marcia Clark and Simpson defense attorney F.
March 17, 1995 |
Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman went Marine to Marine with F. Lee Bailey and walked away with few apparent bruises. As Wyoming defense lawyer Gerry Spence put it: "I've never seen a better witness than this guy--and I've seen thousands of witnesses." But the next time the jury hears about Fuhrman, things may be considerably rougher. O.J.
March 16, 1995 |
F. Lee Bailey, his cross-examination of Detective Mark Fuhrman interrupted by accusations that he lied in court, sputtered toward the conclusion of that questioning Wednesday by grilling the policeman about his preparations to testify and asking for the first time whether he had ever used an explosive racial slur. When Bailey asked Fuhrman directly whether he had ever used a racial epithet disparaging to blacks, prosecutors objected.
March 15, 1995 |
In show business, they're called "props," and the person who finds them is called "a prop master." In the courtroom, they're referred to in a more refined way--as "visual aids"--and the prop master goes by the title of lawyer. From the earliest days of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, both sides have turned to props to give more punch to their many words.
March 14, 1995 |
Almost seven months ago, O.J. Simpson's lawyers began a huge effort to try their case in the media, painting Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman as a racist who tried to frame the former football star. But playing the media game is a risky business. For the leakers gave away Simpson's game plan--something his old Trojan coaches hated to do.