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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1995
I couldn't stop laughing upon reading about Johnnie Cochran Jr. making a book deal "slightly exceeding" Marcia Clark's $4.2 million contract (Nov. 15). It is an amount of money that never would have entered Cochran's mind had it not been for his petty attempt to outdo Clark's fee. Cochran's arrogance knows no boundaries and if he thought any more highly of himself he would be, well--O.J. Simpson. MICHAEL GIVENS Encino Regarding the aftermath of the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman murders: The consensus appears to be that everybody in the whole world may profit from the murders, except Simpson himself.
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May 15, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - On this day, there was no Johnnie Cochran. There was no brash fist-pumping former Heisman Trophy winner in a tailored suit hugging his lead defense attorney after beating murder charges in a California courtroom. After a nearly five-year absence, in which he was locked away in a northern Nevada prison cell, O.J. Simpson returned to the public spotlight Wednesday. The 65-year-old fallen football star, once known for his manic bursts of speed on the field, has been in scores of end zones, TV commercials, movie trailers and two well-publicized Los Angeles court trials.
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OPINION
June 4, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Los Angeles is a city that lives in the present and looks to the future. Time passes here in a blur, and there's usually little appetite for weaving together the strands of memory into the stories we call history — and few hungry to hear them when we do. Even so, Thursday's unexpected death of the onetime Black Panther, Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, is one of those events worth pausing to consider because he was half of one of our city's most fascinating...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Members of the O.J. Simpson defense "dream team" were back in action 17 years after the legendary murder trial, this time defending the name of their late colleague, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. It all started last week in New York, when former Simpson prosecutor Christopher A. Darden alleged to a law school audience that Cochran tampered with the infamous "bloody glove," a key piece of evidence in the murder case. During the trial in the stabbing deaths of Simpson's former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman, Simpson tried on bloody gloves.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2005
Tim Rutten's history of Johnnie Cochran as being uniquely L.A. was instructional, up to a point ["Johnnie Cochran: L.A. Quintessential," April 2]. Cochran may've been a great guy and a brilliant lawyer, but he'll always be remembered for playing the race card in the Simpson case. That wrongheaded verdict is part of Cochran's legacy. So when Rutten tries to justify it as an "L.A. Thing" -- a sort of proud Los Angeles chauvinism -- he insults everyone who lives or was born in L.A. Ron Fineman Valencia
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April 2, 2005 | TIM RUTTEN
In one of the greatest of his late poems, "The Municipal Gallery Revisited," Yeats described coming suddenly upon one of his friends' portraits: "And here's John Synge himself, that rooted man." That was the line that came to mind this week, when, after a long illness, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. died at the untimely age of 67. We were friends for many years and collaborated on his bestselling memoir, "Journey to Justice." O.J.
OPINION
February 25, 2006
I was surprised to read about City Councilman Herb J. Wesson's proposal to rename a short portion of a street in Los Angeles after the late attorney Johnnie Cochran (Feb. 20). There is already a street named Cochran running through the city's 10th District, which he represents. I know because I live on it. Renaming this street for Cochran makes much more sense than creating another, confusingly similar street name nearby. ANTHONY SBARDELLATI Los Angeles It's great that a school's being named after the late Johnnie Cochran.
OPINION
April 9, 2005
Re "An A-List Turnout Does Cochran Justice," April 7: I was subpoenaed to testify in the O.J. Simpson case. It concerned an appearance by Simpson on a television show I produced. It was an insignificant matter, and I didn't think I was headed for instant fame in this gigantic trial. But I showed up and was searched, fingerprinted and told to wait in the corridor. Legal aides and handlers were everywhere, but just then Johnnie Cochran showed up. He came over to me, introduced himself (really!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was found shot to death on a sidewalk in the Jefferson Park area of central Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday. Police said the body of Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, 43, was found in a residential area in the 2600 block of South Manhattan Place at about 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim, known to his family and friends as "Phlecky," lived about five blocks away. Homicide investigators said he had been shot several times.
MAGAZINE
January 29, 1995 | MICHAEL J. GOODMAN, Contributing editor Michael J. Goodman's last piece for the magazine chronicled the tobacco industry's public relations campaign
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. hangs up from Orenthal James Simpson's regular Saturday afternoon call from jail. His voice is fatherly. "We just talk. Juice will undoubtedly call once or twice again tonight. Juice is lonely." Cochran's round, pleasant face saddens behind oversized glasses anchored to a 24-karat gold band. He gazes out his office window. "Juice is lonely...all by himself." His eyes flick my way for reaction. Vintage Cochran before a jury he must win over. "Doesn't O.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2012
Jock Smith Law partner of Johnnie Cochran Jock Smith, 63, who was a law partner with the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., died Sunday of an apparent heart attack while watching television at his home in Montgomery, Ala., said his law partner Sam Cherry. Smith won what the National Law Journal called America's largest civil verdict in 2004, a $1.6-billion judgment against Southwestern Life Insurance and one of its agents. The suit was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount for a mother of three who alleged she paid the agent thousands of dollars for an insurance policy that didn't exist.
OPINION
June 4, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Los Angeles is a city that lives in the present and looks to the future. Time passes here in a blur, and there's usually little appetite for weaving together the strands of memory into the stories we call history — and few hungry to hear them when we do. Even so, Thursday's unexpected death of the onetime Black Panther, Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, is one of those events worth pausing to consider because he was half of one of our city's most fascinating...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2010 | By Dan Weikel and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The push to overhaul restaurants, beverage stands and gift stores at Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Monday when a special City Council panel approved three retail contracts to a joint venture that features former Lakers star Magic Johnson and the widow of attorney Johnnie Cochran. The five-member Board of Referred Powers voted 4 to 1 to give the contacts to a partnership involving the Hudson Group, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Concourse Ventures, which is headed by Dale Mason Cochran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2010 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
It's unlikely that Wyatt Earp, the gruff frontier lawman, and Johnnie Cochran, the smooth-talking defense attorney, would have been friends had they lived in the same era. In a way, they've even been on opposite sides in death — in a matter involving a school in midtown Los Angeles. In the 1990s there was a movement to rename Mount Vernon Junior High after Earp because it occupied the site of the gunfighter's last residence at 4004 W. 17th St. "I like the sound of 'Wyatt Earp Junior High,'" City Councilman Nate Holden said at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2007 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeon Keith Black has counseled thousands of patients with brain tumors. As one of the preeminent doctors in his field, he performs hundreds of brain surgeries each year. But few things have been more wrenching, he says, than watching his friend, attorney Johnnie Cochran, succumb to one of the deadliest types of brain tumors two years ago. On Thursday, Black presided over the opening of the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
For decades, the law firm founded by the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. has been renowned as a black-run institution fighting for civil rights and against police abuse -- not to mention getting O.J. Simpson acquitted of murder charges. But now, in a development that has dismayed some in Los Angeles' African American community, attorney Shawn Chapman Holley has sued the firm, claiming, among other things, that its leaders discriminated against her because she is black.
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September 29, 2002 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. likes to say he's the same man now as he was before the O.J. Simpson trial. Ridiculous. His life is almost unimaginably different. He has been super-sized. His yearlong exposure on TV has inflated almost everything about him: his lifestyle, his goals and his opportunities to achieve them. Before the trial, Cochran had a single Los Angeles office. Today he is the Cochran Firm, with 120 lawyers in eight states--and growing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Barely a year after Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.'s death, major changes at his Los Angeles-based law firm have startled and angered many in the city's black community. Though Cochran became internationally famous for his successful defense of O.J. Simpson on murder charges in 1995, he previously made his reputation in legal circles and in the black community for taking on police abuse and civil rights cases.
OPINION
February 25, 2006
I was surprised to read about City Councilman Herb J. Wesson's proposal to rename a short portion of a street in Los Angeles after the late attorney Johnnie Cochran (Feb. 20). There is already a street named Cochran running through the city's 10th District, which he represents. I know because I live on it. Renaming this street for Cochran makes much more sense than creating another, confusingly similar street name nearby. ANTHONY SBARDELLATI Los Angeles It's great that a school's being named after the late Johnnie Cochran.
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