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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1995
The lesson of the Simpson case? If the facts aren't on your side, resort to race-baiting demagoguery. That is precisely what the defense did throughout the trial. In case anyone missed the point, it was driven home in the most blatant and unambiguous manner during the closing arguments of Johnnie Cochran, with the hysterical comparison of Mark Fuhrman to Hitler and the appeal to the jury to send a message--an invitation, eagerly accepted, to commit "jury nullification." To then stand up before the world after the trial and deny doing so, as the defense team did, is the depth of hypocrisy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
The verdict in the most recent O.J. Simpson trial came and went in the dark of night in a Las Vegas courtroom. The proceedings may not have been breathlessly awaited, but the outcome still provoked strong emotions through Los Angeles, a city indelibly marked by the first Simpson trial 13 years ago. This latest verdict was seen by many as a sad epilogue: either Simpson is getting what he deserves or he can't figure out how to stay out of trouble. Or both.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1995
Re "All Parties Stunned as Simpson Jury Quickly Reaches Verdicts," Oct. 3: President Clinton said, "The jury heard the evidence and rendered its verdict. Our system of justice requires respect for their decision." Why do we have to accept a system that is so obviously flawed? Now, more than ever, is the time to lobby for reform in the judicial system as we know it, which over the last few months has become the laughingstock of the world. The time has come for professional jurors who are trained to examine evidence in a calm and rational manner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1997
Would the verdict in either O.J. Simpson trial have been different if Mark Fuhrman or Simpson had never said "never"? MARGARET GUERRA Los Angeles
NEWS
October 4, 1995
For a moment, the nation paused as Americans--from coffee shops to Wall Street to the White House--gathered around TV sets to watch the finale of the "Trial of the Century." * In Miami Beach, sun-seekers joined people in business suits at seaside bars to watch the verdict. * In Georgia, Sen. Sam Nunn put off a speech about his political future while former Secretary of State James Baker postponed a lunch to promote his new book at the National Press Club in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1997
Thanks for Richard Rodriguez's "More Than Just Black and White," regarding the O.J. Simpson verdict (Opinion, Feb. 9). I am so tired of hearing and reading every day that the fundamental conflict in American society is a black/white schism. Indeed, I have a number of friends who are equally convinced that the world breaks down into other dualisms: male/female, gay/ straight, theist/non-theist, Jew/ non-Jew, Anglo/Hispanic. Is one of these so much more fundamental than the others? By viewing life through such parochial glasses, we severely limit any serious social analysis and simply perpetuate a set of half-truths and myths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III and MICHAEL HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rarely willing to acknowledge second billing to anything, Washington's highest government officials and agencies came to a virtual halt Tuesday, yielding to the Simpson verdict announcement. From the White House to Congress to federal agencies, briefings, hearings and news conferences on national policies that had been scheduled for 1 p.m. local time were either postponed or canceled.
NEWS
October 3, 1995
Some of the key events in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson: JUNE, 1994 13--The bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, are found shortly after midnight, outside Nicole Simpson's Brentwood townhouse. 17--After failing to surrender and then leading police on an internationally televised, O.J. Simpson is arrested, charged in the murders. 20--Simpson enters a plea of not guilty at arraignment. JULY 22--Simpson is ordered held without bail. Superior Court Judge Lance A.
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October 5, 1995 | LEE MARGULIES, TIMES TELEVISION EDITOR
It didn't top the final episode of "MASH" or Gulf War coverage, but the verdicts in the O.J. Simpson murder trial drew a huge television audience of about 51 million people at home and untold millions more at work, Nielsen Media Research reported Wednesday. With live coverage on four national broadcast networks and six national cable channels, the dramatic determination of Simpson's fate accounted for a whopping 91% of all home TV watching between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
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October 4, 1995 | SAM FULWOOD III and MICHAEL HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rarely willing to acknowledge second billing to anything, Washington's highest government officials and agencies came to a virtual halt Tuesday, yielding to the Simpson verdict announcement. From the White House to Congress to federal agencies, a raft of briefings, hearings and news conferences on national policies that had been scheduled for 1 p.m. local time were either postponed or canceled.
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February 12, 1997 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton stressed Tuesday that he respects the verdicts in the O.J. Simpson trial but said the gap between white and black views of them should propel Americans of different races to "spend more time listening to each other." Clinton said he is "troubled" that "Americans see the world differently, generally based on their race," a reality that he agreed is supported by reactions to the verdicts in the Simpson trials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1997
Thanks for Richard Rodriguez's "More Than Just Black and White," regarding the O.J. Simpson verdict (Opinion, Feb. 9). I am so tired of hearing and reading every day that the fundamental conflict in American society is a black/white schism. Indeed, I have a number of friends who are equally convinced that the world breaks down into other dualisms: male/female, gay/ straight, theist/non-theist, Jew/ non-Jew, Anglo/Hispanic. Is one of these so much more fundamental than the others? By viewing life through such parochial glasses, we severely limit any serious social analysis and simply perpetuate a set of half-truths and myths.
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February 11, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emphatic verdict aimed at punishing O.J. Simpson for decades to come, a jury Monday ordered him to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the relatives of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. "We came to the conclusion that Mr. Simpson should not profit from these murders," said juror Stephen Strati. Simpson did not attend court to hear the verdicts, though his sister and brother-in-law sat in their customary front-row seats as the judgments were read.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1997 | EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, Earl Ofari Hutchinson is the author of "Beyond O.J.: Race, Sex and Class in America." E-mail: ehutchi344@aol.com
When I was a teenager, a group of friends and I made a nasty little sport out of belittling one another. We would try to top the others in hurling personal insults. We called this "selling wolfing tickets." Everything was fair game in our boneheaded, juvenile jousts. There was no issue, principle or point of view at stake. The only issue was the person. You could talk about his hair, looks, breath, clothes, speech, and of course the ultimate clincher was to take a shot at "yo' mama."
NEWS
February 8, 1997 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a finding that indicates less of a racially tinged reaction to the O.J. Simpson verdicts than many might expect, a large majority of Americans do not appear to believe that the racial makeup of the juries was the key factor explaining why Simpson won his criminal trial but lost his civil case, a new Los Angeles Times poll has found. Blacks and whites do continue to express different views about the verdicts, the poll found.
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February 7, 1997 | JOHN L. MITCHELL and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
You have to understand the subtext, said Helen Goss, a black law student at Whittier College of Law. You have to understand how much it hurts when society makes you take sides, makes you choose. Yes, she said, O.J. Simpson probably killed his ex-wife. But when a mostly black jury acquitted the black sports hero of murder, she was trapped on her side of the racial divide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1996 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal appeals court judge said Tuesday that the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial was "astonishing," and he decried the "bizarre and unseemly" rush of participants in the case to sell books about their experiences. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of Los Angeles was particularly critical of the lucrative deals made by deputy district attorneys Marcia Clark and Christopher A. Darden, the lead prosecutors, who garnered $4.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively, for their as-told-to books.
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February 23, 1996 | MAURA DOLAN and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A state task force appointed after the O.J. Simpson verdicts will recommend today that cameras be banned from all criminal pretrial proceedings and from most trial sessions where a jury is not present. The report, to be presented to the state Judicial Council today, also recommends a ban on broadcasting pictures of courtroom spectators and urges judges to consider a variety of conditions, including whether both sides in a case want cameras, before allowing electronic coverage of trials.
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