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We barely recovered from the Rodney King riots two years ago,
and now you and Johnnie are standing in a goddamn pool of gasoline
playing with matches. It's all going to happen again.
It's going to be on you.
Gil, it's me, Bob!
You know who's pushing this, it's Johnnie.
Enjoy your legacy, Bob.
REPORTERS CALL TO ROBERT SHAPIRO
Mr Shapiro. Questioning Mark Fuhrman about the use of the 'n-word'...
-Is it based on something you know,
-or just your views of the LAPD in general?
Let me just state this. Er... I think that the...
the LAPD is a terrific organisation.
-I think that there's just a few bad apples.
Good morning! Love the hair!
Please don't ever mention my hair again.
-JOHNNIE COCHRAN ON TV:
-'And within hours of the killings,
'you had MY client in handcuffs.'
So, what I'm trying to get a sense of is this rush to judgment,
and how, in a few short hours, these detectives closed up shop on
'a complex investigation
'that could've gone any different direction.'
It might sound like Cochran is fishing,
but he understands what we have to do -
present alternative theories that do not include your client.
It's not enough to just plead your client's innocence.
You need to provide a narrative, and not just in the courtroom,
in the world.
Do you feel that you've turned over every possible rock in search for
the real killer in this case before RUSHING...
..to charge my client?
-Look at what the culture's becoming.
The media, people, they want narrative, too,
but they want it to be entertainment, and what's
out in the world osmosis back into that courtroom, sequester be damned.
If there's going to be a media circus,
you better well be the ringmaster!
Yes. This could work.
FAX MACHINE BEEPS
FAX MACHINE WHIRS
'Then tell the court, please,'
why you refused to investigate any other possible suspects!
Asked and answered. Argumentative.
-JUDGE LANCE ITO:
Mr Cochrane, please refrain from badgering the witness.
Yes, Your Honour.
..is it possible that these...murders could be...
-MARCIA CLARK: Objection.
-JUDGE LANCE ITO:
-Sustained. You're being a little vague, counsellor.
Detective, have you ever heard of a Colombian necktie?
'It's a well-known technique employed by drug gangs.'
They slash a person's throat so viciously...
..they almost remove the victim's head.
-Oh, my God!
LAUGHTER AND CLAPPING, ALAN CHUCKLES
Sorry about the Colombian necktie thing. I had never heard of it.
You're kidding me, Tom.
You didn't know that Mezzaluna was a cleverly disguised front
for the gatherings of cocaine kingpins?
That Faye Resnick owed them money on some deal she was mixed up in,
and these Scarfaces decided to scare her by killing Nicole?
How could you not know there's a major drug cartel being run
out of a B- Brentwood eatery right under your nose?
It's just desperate flailing.
If they keep that kind of unsubstantiated bullshit up...
Look, it's all stupid, but it lands. I saw the jury.
But there are theories everywhere.
And everyone loves to hear them, talk about them.
So, when the defence comes in with something exotic, it makes the jury
sit up and listen instead of playing tic-tac-toe with themselves.
Or flat out fall asleep.
I mean, we have hard evidence, and they razzle dazzle
a bunch of conspiracy nonsense in the big moments.
We need to make our own big moments that land with the jury.
-That is how we beat the nonsense. Now, can we focus on that?
-Sure, we'll see what we can find.
HE CLEARS HIS THROAT
-Did I hijack the meeting?
-No, no. That's OK.
I liked it.
Why do you think there hasn't been a realistic theory about who did it?
Or any evidence?
I mean, I know it's what we're saying, but...
I have trouble with the blood in the Bronco.
That Fuhrman or anyone planted all of it - OJ's, Nicole's
We don't have the whole police force out there chasing leads.
We got to be patient.
The truth will find us. It always does.
-There's something on the TV. I think you'd better see it.
-Can't you record it?
-Johnnie, Barbara is on A Current Affair.
With Patricia. Both of them.
ON TV: 'Patricia, you took Johnnie's name
-'even though he never married you.'
'It seemed unfair for our boy, Johnnie Jr,
'not to have his own father's name.'
'Barbara, were you aware of Johnnie's double life?'
'Maybe unconsciously I loved him too much to acknowledge it.'
'He must've been under a lot of pressure, running back
'and forth between two households.'
'Johnnie makes it all look easy. He's the smoothest man in LA.'
'Maybe so, but, Barbara, court records tell us
'that Johnnie assaulted you, on...'
Who the hell's behind this?
It's the DA's office.
JOHNNIE SHIVERS WITH RAGE
That's what's left of Nicole.
Oh. Thank you, Denise.
Are you helping my daddy find the man who hurt my mummy?
Yeah. Yes, that's right. Erm...
Your daddy's busy working on other things today.
Come on, let's let them get to work, OK?
Go on, open it.
"Visa card number two, 1989 to 1990."
I give up.
-Nicole bought the gloves.
Aris - Isotoner, model number 70263.
In the United States, the only place that sold them
was Bloomingdales in New York.
Of all the 70263s, only 300 pairs were extra large.
Bloomingdales sold 200 of those on December 18th, 1990.
Nicole walked into that store and bought two pairs of OUR GLOVES!
-Right?! There we go!
This is it.
This is not a story. This is cold, hard proof.
the gloves are our conviction.
What are you doing here?
Waiting for Johnnie. I can't wait to see this.
REPORTERS CALL FOR JOHNNIE
Johnnie, talk to us about this double life of yours.
Did you beat Barbara? Do you beat Dale, Jo...
I am not here to discuss old gossip.
What I care about is this trial, in which there are two dead people
and an innocent man being framed.
You all should be ashamed of yourselves.
Excuse me. Thank you.
-He's made of goddamn Teflon.
I need a vacation.
-Er... I'm driving out to Oakland this weekend.
My best friend - childhood friend - it's his birthday.
It's not a big thing, just getting together at a bar for some
drinks and stay the night, but, erm...
you want to, you know, come along?
The drive up,
it always unwinds me, and, er..
you know, or not. You're probably busy.
Gordon has the kids this weekend.
You know what?
Hell yes. Yes. Count me in.
HE EXHALES DEEPLY
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
What do you have on your lapel?
It is a police solidarity pin.
What the hell do you have that on for?! Take that off!
I am trying to vindicate some of the damage that you're doing.
Damage? Damage to what? Your cosy relationship with Garcetti
and the LAPD?
-What is happening?
LAPD solidarity pin.
Well, I hope you got the brains to take it off in front of the cameras.
You are hardly in a position to tell me
what's unacceptable or not on television.
SHAPIRO OPENS BRIEFCASE AND SIGHS
It was Shapiro who planted that story, I know it.
And I'm going to find out how he did it.
-And when I do...
..there's going to be hell to pay.
-But it was him.
So, it was Bob Shapiro who made you live a double life
while you were married with Barbara?
I shut the press right down today, baby.
You'll never hear another word about it. I handled it.
Baby, you knew all that about me when we got married.
Yeah, I knew it, Johnnie.
But my friends didn't. My family didn't.
My pastor didn't, Johnnie!
I'll find out what happened, I'll find out who did this.
Nobody did this!
There is no conspiracy, Johnnie, you cannot fix it!
Unless you have a time machine I don't know anything about.
All your stuff with Barbara, all of it is in court records, Johnnie.
You made the world your stage.
You wanted the attention.
Now you got it.
(Now you got it.)
-Thanks for coming early.
-Close that door.
-This discovery from the DA about the glove.
They have receipts of Nicole purchasing them. Did you read this?
Yeah, yeah, but they're not necessarily THE gloves.
You have to help me talk again to everyone about a plea.
If we go in there with this glove thing,
they will absolutely kill us.
And, once it's done, we'll have no chance to cut a deal.
Look, just talk to Johnnie, all right?
-I think making a deal is crazy.
The reason I'm talking to you
is that you may have a personal stake in this.
OJ's bag that you maybe disposed of with the murder weapon.
-That I what?
There's video of you walking out of Rockingham with it.
Wait, wait, wait. That...
that's OJ's garment bag that he gave to me
to take to my house before he came to stay with me.
For the sake of both of us, please, don't continue to tell me any more.
-No, wait a minute.
-Now, if you do have possession of the weapon,
and you decided to suddenly turn it in, I don't know,
I guess, at most, it would be accessory after the fact.
You'd get five years, out in two.
Uh, but I don't know if we could convince them
that you didn't know it was in the bag.
I think that...I don't know. Maybe.
Bob, what the...? What are you doing?
Hup, hup. Please, please. No more talking.
This is starting to be a conflict of interest.
something's come up and I've got to go.
I'll catch up with you later.
-What's with him?
-Anything you care to share, Bob?
-No. No, not at this time.
So, that's it, huh?
Nobody ever asked about it?
No, it's just sat here the whole time.
I didn't want to open it alone.
You're the...you're the only one who goes back all the way with us,
-so, I-I thought...
-You did the right thing, Bobby.
You want me to open it?
Hoo! I knew it!
I knew it!
I knew there was nothing funky in that bag, Bobby!
He didn't do it!
You see that, right? There's even more proof he didn't do it.
Who do you think did do it?
You know, my kids...
At school, the other kids, they...
they tease Bobby.
Tell him his dad's...
It's a tough time right now.
I...I know it's hard to be strong, but, Bobby...
No. You don't understand. I'm-I'm really struggling.
I'm really struggling here, AC.
Even when...it seems everybody else has stopped working
to figure out who did it, I...I keep going over everything,
again and again.
Everything I know about Nicole,
everything I can learn about Ron Goldman.
I mean, there's never been more information,
more...more media coverage, more detectives,
more... Even the kooks!
All about one thing...
one crime, ever.
No other suspect?
No other answer?
-There's nothing else.
Nothing else but what?
I didn't mean it like that.
Everything all right?
Where is everyone?
Ah. I see.
Quality time, then.
Where's your "I Love Cops" pin?
That was just a political positioning, if you will.
What are you up to, Bob?
Why you be half-stepping?
I don't know what that means.
Why you keep trying to undermine Johnnie?
Hmm? Crossing the quarterback all the time now? I see it.
Everybody sees it. It's palpable.
So, I'll ask you again, Bob.
What the hell are you up to?
OK, well, Johnnie and I have our differences,
and we're clearing them up.
But I'm glad, I'm-I'm very glad that we're discussing this,
because, OJ, I think that this
whole wild LAPD conspiracy theory
is going to backfire on us.
You were the one that came up with this idea.
-No, no, no, I didn't, I came up with the bad apple idea.
-But Johnnie, John...
-No! No! It was your play!
You were the first one to use the word "conspiracy."
You were the one that said no-one but Johnnie could make this work.
You teed this whole damn thing up, man!
So I don't want to hear no bullshit in the third quarter! You hear me?
OK. You can say what you want, you can yell all night,
but everything I do out there is for your best interest.
It's what I do. It's my agenda for you.
And if you recall correctly, it is why you came to me first!
-You better think hard
and fast about whether or not you want to be on this team...
cos if you keep this bullshit up...
..there won't be no room here for you.
I know you heard that.
# Don't stop now baby Let's twist some more... #
MUSIC: The Twist by Chubby Checker
We're over here!
Oh, what up, Byron?
-You made it, boy.
Good to see you.
Oh, guys, this is Marcia.
Marcia, this is guys.
-Byron, the birthday boy...
-Nice to meet you.
..Moses, Philly, Rick.
-For you, man.
-Oh, what's this?
Oh, no! No.
-I ain't never gonna wear this. Look at this!
It's 100% cotton, and it might help you out of a traffic ticket.
Oh! She got jokes, huh? Huh?
So, is this an AA meeting, or is someone gonna buy me a drink?
-Allow me. Allow me.
-Handle that, boy.
-Get it! Get it!
-Come on! Come on!
Everybody, to my main man, Byron!
-Now, I'm not saying that he did it...
Darrell, we had a rule!
First one who mentions that goddamn case drinks.
Fine by me.
I'm not saying that he did it. The jury's still out.
Yeah, that is right.
But I heard he was making some TV show about Navy SEALS or some shit,
where he was trained to kill.
-Yeah, yeah. Frogmen.
-Yeah. That's it!
They showed him all these kinds of techniques.
How to sneak around and kill people with knives.
-Cut throats and slash their legs, all that.
Why aren't you talking about that in court?
Because the jury would be able to separate from TV and real life.
Look, we're strong enough without that kind of crap!
-The cops framed his ass, anyway.
Is that right, Byron?
-Oh, no. You're on your own now, brother.
-No, no, no, no, no.
Come on, come on, come on, come on!
What's your theory?
Well, I think that cracker cop planted that glove.
And they all did what they had to do to prove that OJ did it.
That's what I think.
Here's the crime scene Bundy.
Here's OJ's house.
Furhman made up his mind
at Bundy that Simpson did it.
Even though he had no idea if OJ
had an iron-clad alibi that would then ruin Furhman's career
and land him in jail.
Fuhrman takes the glove at Bundy, makes sure it has Goldman
and Nicole's DNA on it, jumps in the car with the other detectives,
heads to Rockingham with it, where he gets into the Bronco,
somehow getting all that evidence in it,
including Simpson's blood.
-Even though the police didn't have Simpson's blood
-until the next day.
-Mm, mm, mm.
Then he goes over the wall...
plants the glove behind Kato's room.
Then, with the help of the rest of his super secret cabal
of OJ-hating racist cops, he starts getting everything just so,
just where it needs to be.
Nicole AND Ron AND OJ's blood
into OJ's bedroom.
OJ's blood, back to Bundy.
Oh, and OJ's Bronco's fibres back to Bundy, too.
Oh, and they don't forget to get rid of the real killer's blood
from the back gate - no, no, no - and replace it with OJ's blood.
Then OJ's sock, they get that back to Bundy
to pick up all the blood,
and then get that sucker right back to Rockingham, too.
These guys are a well-oiled conspiracy machine, after all.
All this during a time when everyone involved is under
the most relentless media scrutiny in American history.
-HE IMITATES EXPLOSION
-And all this for an unknown killer.
-Man, you're good.
You're real good.
-When this is all over, you should go work for Johnnie.
-Both of you!
-Yeah, yeah. Ha, ha. Very funny.
SHE IMITATES EXPLOSION
This round is on me.
-She is a trip.
You got schooled, both of you.
Tonight's the night, player.
Out of town. Her kids are at home.
-Y'all been drinkin' a little bit.
-And she's my co-worker. That's all.
Mm-hmm? Look, you ever thought about making that happen...
..tonight's the night.
-I'm just saying!
-Oh! No, no!
Oh, my God!
-Well, I am coming back here next weekend, with or without you.
-Well, my friends might prefer it that way.
This is me.
-Hey, Big Time, got you a coffee.
-Had one already.
Oh, no, just leave that open. Thanks.
Listen, I've been thinking.
I think you and I should just go for it.
And what does that mean?
Let's make OJ put on those gloves.
We need a big one. Big moment, right?
We talked about this before.
And I decided that it's not a good idea. At all.
And not the right time, if it were.
But today's the glove testimony. It's the only time.
Come on, hm? We got to get down there.
The idea of OJ just standing there,
in front of those cameras and the jury,
-wearing those gloves...
-Chris, come on.
We're going downstairs to get our conviction today.
We have his gloves with all the DNA, everybody's blood,
the fibres, all of it.
We have a receipt that proves he owned them. We're done.
We've been dealt a king and a ten.
I don't know why you want to ask the dealer for another card.
-Because I know it's an ace.
-No, you don't!
You turn over control of a demonstration to the opponent,
you don't know what's going to happen.
And certainly not to the defendant himself.
Come on, let's go.
Do you think there's any way that these two gloves
could not be a pair?
I'd have to say it would be virtually impossible.
All right, at this time, we will take a 15 minute recess.
HE BANGS GAVEL
HE SIGHS DRAMATICALLY
Are any of you interested in something other than
a conspiracy theory?
Some real, demonstrable evidence?
A little bit of real lawyering?
Those gloves are too small.
-I tried the glove on in there myself, it didn't fit.
It will never fit him! I think we should have him try it on in court.
I think it's a terrible idea. What if it doesn't work?
You don't make a play in there if you don't know the outcome.
-I know the outcome.
-My hand is bigger than Bob's!
Put me in, Coach!
So, saying we...wanted to...
-..how do we present it?
We get them to present it.
they're glazing over, and we got to get up and take it back.
-Let me be clear.
This is my case. You work for me here.
And when I say drop it, you drop it.
Are we clear?
-Are you seriously saying that to me?
-You're making me say it.
You, sir, have the balls of a stud field mouse.
What did you just say to me?
If you don't ask him to try on the gloves, I will.
All right, you may be seated.
And these gloves, the ones you've brought today,
these would fit the wearer
just as the ones here in evidence would, is that correct?
Your Honour? Sidebar.
Counsel, approach the bench.
Your Honour, I see where this is going, and I'm not having it.
And where is that, Counsellor?
There'll be no demonstrations involving my client.
If Mr Simpson chooses to testify, and we want to have him
try on the actual glove in evidence, that's one thing.
Further, I submit the timing is inappropriate, Your Honour.
-Is that right, Johnnie?
Opposing counsel hasn't asked for anything of the kind, Mr Cochran.
Your Honour, they just tried to bring in these ringer gloves here.
They seem to be overly concerned about what
I might or might not want to do before I've even done it.
He can ask for whatever he wants to ask for, Mr Cochran.
You can object if you want to object. Now let's proceed.
Your Honour, at this time, the People would ask that Mr Simpson
step forward and try on the gloves recovered from Bundy and Rockingham.
GASPS AND CHATTER IN AUDIENCE
We have no objection, Your Honour.
Mr Simpson, please approach the jury.
These gloves are too small.
Too tight. They won't fit.
Can Mr Simpson please straighten his fingers?
Can we ask that he make a fist? With his right hand.
Can we ask that he...
..grasp an object with his hand? A marker, perhaps?
Objection, Your Honour.
Have we seen enough, Your Honour?
No, your Honour. I have nothing...
I have nothing further.
He was...making them not fit.
I mean, you saw what he was doing.
And he had the gloves under the...
He kept his fingers stiff.
He was acting, he was just...
'Hello, you've reached the Goldman residence.
'Please leave your message, and we will return your call.'
-Fred, uh, it's Chris Darden.
I'm sorry about what happened today.
I am sorry.
But it's not over yet.
We'll come back from this.
OK. You know, call me any time.
HE SIGHS DEEPLY
Epic drama revealing new insights into the controversial murder investigation and trial that became a media sensation. As far-fetched speculations distract from actual facts, detectives work hand-in-glove with the prosecutors to find flashier evidence for the jury. Robert Shapiro triggers divisions in the defence 'team', upsetting OJ, and the background to another iconic courtroom moment is exposed.