One of the worst moves in American judicial history was Judge Lance Ito's decision to allow the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995 to be televised. Making a bad idea worse, Ito went on entertainment programs like a small-time comic trying to work his way to Vegas. The OJ Simpson trial was the precursor of the modern reality television series.
A lawyer is obliged to zealously stand behind and maintain the confidences of his client (or former client). But not when the client, with nothing left to lose, is willing to throw caution to the wind and take the lawyer down in his place.
Many of the white voices of horror and outrage over the Simpson verdict also contained "shock" and "surprise" over the verdict in the Simpson case. In looking at the many of the responses of those angry over the Zimmerman outcome, there is a numbing outrage, but not a lot surprise.
Years ago, studying a map of the United States, I felt embarrassed when I realized that Florida looked like a dick hanging off the bottom of the country. Nobody seemed to notice it but me back then, and if they did they never talked about it. Well, that's changed.
It's been almost 20 years since the OJ Simpson acquittal divided the country. Back then, reactions to the verdict were stark; one could say -- and so...
It's the Johnny Cochran Magic Glove Circus Part 2 and, I fear, with the same ultimate outcome.
To feel the full force of Ramsey's statement, you have to know something about the history of race relations in this nation and in particular about the role that white woman have played -- or been made to play -- in the incrimination and lynching of black men.
The Jodi Arias trial reminded me of the first "Trial of the Century" which I had anchored for CNN nearly two decades before. The OJ Simpson criminal trial ushered in a new era of cameras in the courtroom and TV trial addicts.
It is not only pointless but can actually be counter-productive to wildly speculate on who is responsible for the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon. Domestic, foreign, religious, secular, or just purely insane: we really have no idea why this attack happened right now.
Nothing says "Good Morning" like a discussion on murder, I think to myself as I look out into a sea of faces, just blankly staring back at me. Deep breaths, I can do this.
I met Edward Jay Epstein in 1965, a lifetime ago. He was researching a book about the Kennedy assassination. I wondered why. Wasn't JFK killed by Lee ...
Quietly going about one's business -- putting in time as an IRS agent, serving in the army, working toward winning the Heisman or performing small acts of kindness for their own sake -- is a noble and satisfying pursuit. Far easier said than done, but surely not impossible.
Repeat after me, a woman who charges you for sex is not doing it because you're such an enjoyable fat guy (or fit guy, for that matter).
Seeing Kato's name in the news brought back memories.
Apparently, that chip on Darden's shoulder is still there, because now, nearly 17 years later, Darden alleges that Johnnie Cochran, who died five years ago from brain cancer, manipulated the glove and therefore the case. It's a pity, really.
Roger Clemens' triumphal performance on America's Got Perjurers should end doubts about judicial bias on NBC's top rated show.