Drama series. The defence attempts to introduce inflammatory tapes which reveal Mark Fuhrman's hateful nature.
Browse content similar to Manna From Heaven. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
This programme contains some strong language.
-Today in Trial OJ,
lawyers argued over whether the former Heisman winner
is an arthritic cripple incapable of murder.
He has bad knees, arthritis and limited mobility.
He may look like Tarzan, but he moves like Tarzan's grandfather.
After that, the jury got a peek at an exercise video Simpson
taped just two weeks before the murder.
-Bring it all the way down!
-Feel it in your knees!
-HOUSE PHONE RINGS
Yeah. Love that intensity!
-'Is this Laura Hart-Mckinny?'
-How may I help you?
-'The Laura Hart-McKinny who used to live in Los Angeles
'who has tapes of LAPD officer Mark Fuhrman?'
How did you find me?
I'm an investigator working for OJ Simpson.
We believe our client is innocent and your tapes could really help him.
'Well, I don't want to help him.'
Look, I was just writing a screenplay...
..about the LAPD.
I met Mark and I interviewed him for research.
So, there are tapes? What does he say? How inflammatory is it?
-'I never asked to be a part of this.'
So, on the night of the murders, you were in an alleyway behind Bundy Drive
and you heard a commotion near Nicole Brown-Simpson's condominium?
Yes, I heard two men arguing.
First man said, "Hey!"
And the second man yelled at him.
He was hard to understand.
And did the second voice sound as if it was older,
-more mature than the first voice?
-Calls for speculation, your honour.
All right, then.
The second voice that you heard, it sounded like the voice of a black man, is that correct?
-Object to, your honour, I object!
-This is ridiculous!
-Sustained. Mr Darden, where are you going with this?
I was asking in good faith.
We know that the witness told the friend that he heard the angry
yell of an older man who sounded black.
I resent that statement, your honour!
You cannot tell by somebody's voice whether they are black!
That is a racist statement and entirely inappropriate.
Your honour, I am offended that in America,
in 1995, that we have to endure this kind of thinking!
-All right, I didn't make the statement. The witness...
-Oh, please, Mr Darden!
If this is the witness's statement, then he is the racist, not me.
-But that is what you're suggesting.
-Hey, hey, hey. I suggest nothing!
-Yes, you did!
-I did not.
Yes, you did. And that has created a lot of problems for myself and for my family.
-You continually make statements about me and race, Mr Cochran...
-All right, stop it, both of you.
This is all improper.
And I'm so mad at both of you guys right now, I'm about to hold the two of you in contempt.
Let's take a recess and see who can cool off. We will resume in 15.
HE BANGS GAVEL
What was that?
He is so cynical.
I mean, of course there's such thing as a black voice.
-Their accents, speech patterns...
-I knew that.
But look what happened.
His witness was failing, so Johnny threw a racial stink bomb to deflect attention.
That guy saw a Bronco near Bundy.
He heard two men arguing outside the condo,
but now the jury has completely forgotten that.
Is it true?
I think they're really ugly. They have phrases like, uh...
-HE CLEARS THROAT
"Get niggers, frame niggers.
-Can we confirm the authenticity?
-I've asked around.
Her lawyers have shot the tapes to London papers, TV tabloids.
They've heard snippets.
Supposedly there's an offer on the table for 250 grand.
Hmm. Why didn't she sell?
Well, that's the strange part, she doesn't actually care about the money.
She'd rather sell her screenplay.
She's a screenwriter. Or, well, a wannabe screenwriter.
She was living in LA.
She couldn't make a living, so she moved to North Carolina to teach screenwriting.
I don't understand, how can you teach screenwriting if you can't sell a script?
THEY TALK OVER EACH OTHER
Gentlemen, you are missing the point.
I don't care who she is or what she does.
What matters are these tapes. We must get them.
"Get niggers, frame niggers?"
That takes my breath away.
These tapes will allow Mr Simpson to walk free.
Well, let's not...
get too cocky. I mean, we haven't heard them.
Look, lucky breaks don't just fall from the sky.
Yes, they do, Mr Scheck.
God brought us these tapes.
There is something much larger at play here.
This...is manna from heaven.
What is the defence doing? They got Ito to sign a subpoena for what?
13 hours of tape in North Carolina.
I don't follow. Who is this woman?
It just makes no sense why Fuhrman would blab
-to an unemployed screenwriter.
-Why would Fuhrman do anything?
I'm not going to pretend like I'm surprised.
Whatever's on these tapes scares me.
Well, maybe it's meritless, fiction,
-just Fuhrman and this writer play-acting.
The defence has been obsessed with creating stories for the jury
and lawyers resort to stories
-to distract from the fact.
-You know, Marcia, people like stories.
It helps 'em make sense of things.
-Now who can deny there isn't a higher power watching over us?
I spent my life fighting for a cause,
then in the biggest case of all time, with the whole world watching,
a magical piece of paper appears.
Well, we still need to get a judge in North Carolina
-to enforce the subpoena.
-A small technicality.
I will venture forth to secure our bounty.
Well, obviously, I will accompany you.
I mean, I discovered Fuhrman for God's sake. I mean, I invented him.
Hang on, Bob, I won every Fuhrman motion.
Gentlemen, we still have a case here in LA.
I don't understand, why do more than two people have to get on the plane?
Then it should be me. I have a winning record in that jurisdiction.
-I tried over 200 cases there.
-200? Really? When?
It seems like yesterday.
But understand this, things change really slowly down south.
And I know the Carolinas.
Like I know the caramel colour in a single-barrel apple brandy,
sipped over the blush of the morning sunrise.
Oh, come on! Really?!
I hired all of you.
You know, whatever. I don't grovel.
Just make sure you put my name on the brief.
Thank you, Bob.
-This is it.
-Right, let's go.
Here are the transcripts.
-The judge will see you gentlemen shortly.
-Thank you, sir.
-My friend, I can taste victory.
It's unbelievable. It's horrible!
Horrible we can sell. Look, the bastard is nailed dead.
He directly contradicts the trap I laid when he testified.
Lee, it's more than that...
But this is what black people have always known.
And now it's right here...
for everyone to hear.
Your honour, it would be a travesty
if these tapes were not allowed into the OJ Simpson trial.
These tapes are tangible evidence
of the Los Angeles Police Department's racism.
They are a revelation of truth.
May I approach the bench, your honour?
No, you cannot.
Your honour, with all due respect, we ask you to enforce the subpoena
and compel Miss McKinny to turn over the tapes.
It is important, it is imperative,
it is indispensable that we return them to California.
Thank you, your honour.
Mr Cochran, there are no TV cameras in my court room.
There's no need for...gratuitous alliteration.
Your request is denied.
These tapes are not material to your case.
Who is that man to say that they're not relevant?!
-Those tapes are proof
of the systematic civil rights violations.
What black people have always known
-and what white people have never understood.
-Johnnie, calm down!
We'll just file an emergency appeal.
And this time...let me do the talking.
-Mr Cochran, take a good look where you're standing.
We're in the South. Haven't you noticed the smell of mint julep
and condescension in the air?
Right behind you, there's a statue
of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle.
With all due respect, I don't know if you play as well in Dixie.
Your honours, may I state first of all what a pleasure it is
to be practising law once again in the great state of North Carolina.
My heart gladdens with the promise of justice
when I stand in one of the original 13 Colonies.
From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Pimlico Sound,
I know that fair consideration will be offered
to all who set foot in a Tar Heel tribunal.
As the Bible tells us, seek and ye shall find.
And I thank the Lord for helping us to find
these terribly troubling tapes.
The court has received the tapes and transcripts.
I will arrange for my clerk to make you copies. I presume it'll take a good amount of time
for all of you to wade through the materials and decide how much if any you want to introduce.
Oh, we'll want to introduce plenty, your honour. Maybe all of them.
Your honour, we will fight that. Mark Fuhrman consulting on a screenplay
has no bearing on a murder trial. This is just more of the defence
throwing conspiracy mud at the wall and seeing what sticks.
-Oh, it'll stick. It'll stick with the jury, it'll stick with the public.
-What do they have to do with this?
-The truth, Marcia.
They have a right to know.
This isn't a smoking gun in the Simpson case,
this is a smoking gun for the United States.
Your honour, I anticipate this will be just a pro-forma request.
Actually, Mr Cochran, I wouldn't jump to any conclusions.
I need to review precedent and make a determination.
Until then, you and your assistants may review the tapes,
but other than that they are to remain sealed. You understand?
-'See, if you did it like they teach you in the Academy,
'you'd never get a fucking thing done.
'If the suspect doesn't talk, you give him a shot with your stick
'and you say, "Listen, boy, I'm talking to you."
'Or you just grab 'em by the hair and you keep punching 'em until they go down.
'See, people don't want niggers in their town.
'People don't want Mexicans. They don't want anybody but good people.
'Any way you can do to get them out, that's fine.
'We have no niggers where I grew up.'
-'Do you still use the chokehold?
-No, we had to eliminate it
'because a bunch of niggers down in the south of LA complained.
'Now, these niggers started a bunch of organisations
'because all the niggers got choked out and killed.'
-The longer this trial goes, the lower your numbers drop.
If we get to the March primary and people are still talking about OJ Simpson,
-there's something seriously wrong with this world.
Oh, God! I think my numbers are about to fall even lower.
Excuse me for a second.
All right, what?
-Has Ito ruled on the tapes?
-Not yet. And we're fighting to keep them out,
but while we were reviewing them, we heard something...unexpected.
You should sit. This is bad.
No, I know, he hates Mexicans, he uses the N-word, he's a sexist pig,
-he utters every racial slur known to man.
-Yes, that is all true,
but there's sort of an O Henry twist,
somebody he hates that none of us saw coming.
'I hate this woman. You know the type, dyed blonde,
'one-inch roots, slumped shoulders, a pouch big enough to hide cats in.
'She's the only marsupial on the police force. Peggy barely worked...'
Wait. Whoa! Peggy?
Is he talking about Peggy Ito? Ito's wife?!
'It sickens me that she's a captain. I refuse to take orders from her.
'She's as far from a policeman as I've seen.
'Hell, she's as far from a woman as I've seen.
'She just sucked and fucked...'
-What did he just say?
-He says that she sucked...
-He's saying that...
Oh, I cannot believe this!
-Jesus! Our star witness insulting the judge's wife?!
Not only does Fuhrman hate blacks, he hates Peggy York,
-the highest ranking woman in the LAPD.
-Didn't she sign the affidavit?
Sure, when Ito was assigned to the case,
Peggy claimed she had no memory of any dealings with Fuhrman.
Which seems hard to believe, since we learned
she reprimanded him for writing KKK on a Martin Luther King poster.
Oh, God! Oh, God!
Oh, God! So, which means, she can be called as a material witness.
In which case, Ito has to disqualify himself,
which means we're looking at a mistrial.
That's 6 million of taxpayer money, one year of work.
We're looking at a mistrial? Shit! The constituents will freak out!
This screams...gross incompetence.
Marcia, let's take a deep breath here.
Do we want a mistrial?
Just start over, learn from our mistakes.
Do it without Fuhrman.
We are in perilous waters.
The prosecution can manipulate this situation.
Marcia and Chris are in trouble, their case is dying.
Suddenly, they get thrown a life preserver, Peggy on tape.
So they game it, Ito gets tossed for the conflict, they get a new trial.
-A complete do-over.
-Wait a minute, try the case again?
-We can't. We can't live through this again!
-And they could move the trial
-back to Santa Monica and get a white jury.
-And this time, they don't call Fuhrman.
The LAPD doesn't get tarnished and the tapes never get played.
This scenario is unthinkable!
We are this close to them being admitted.
Does Ito even know yet?
-My wife is mentioned on these tapes?
-Yes, your honour.
And it's quite derogatory.
-It's a delicate situation for all of us.
The interactions Fuhrman described,
given their explosive vocabulary,
would seem to make it hard for Peggy to forget 'em.
So the implication is that Peggy lied so that I could be on this case?
This whole situation is toxic.
All right, I don't want there to be any insinuation that we tried to keep this contained,
so this conversation should continue in open court.
Thank you. If you'll excuse me.
A concern has been raised regarding the court's ability
to be fair and impartial.
It could be argued that the court...
would not want the court's wife to be embarrassed.
And what's unfortunate...
is that things are said about people all the time,
things that are not accurate,
not kind, disparaging.
I love my wife dearly.
And I am...
wounded by criticism of her as any spouse would be.
..I think that it would be reasonable to assume
that that could have some impact.
Women who work in male-dominated professions, I think,
are tougher than most.
And if they are successful, they are almost always...
targets for this kind of treatment.
There is also an argument that this court in ruling
might be motivated to punish Detective Fuhrman
for making these statements about his wife.
So it cuts both ways.
This may be a conflict for me, which could trigger a mistrial, so...
..I think that another judge has to determine
whether or not this case can remain before this court.
This is insane! You couldn't get away with this plot twist in an airport paperback!
So...what shall we do?
Chris, I've been thinking about this constantly.
And the problem is it's too risky.
If it is perceived that we pushed for mistrial, it would trigger double jeopardy.
And in that version OJ walks.
Can you imagine the public reaction?
What, you think I wouldn't want a do over?
I would love to do over all my mistakes, do over my life,
do over my marriage.
We have to plough forward.
Your Honour, we don't want to leave our court.
We fought to get the tapes.
They are hard evidence.
The district attorney's star witness was caught lying under oath.
He committed perjury.
Now, the part that relates to the judge's wife
is very, very small.
And because we don't want a mistrial, we propose
that the tapes be given to Judge Ito
with that part redacted.
I'm going to require time to review this constellation of tapes
and transcripts and records.
Only after I have a comprehensive understanding,
can I make a decision.
Got to wait for this judge to get a "comprehensive understanding."
How long? Things cannot be left to whim.
Cochran, you have to trust the system.
We need to turn up the pressure.
You want to turn up the pressure?!
This city is about to explode!
We have enough pressure!
I told you NOT to use Fuhrman!
How many times did I say it?
He's damaged goods. I mean, I said it and I said it,
but you just didn't take me seriously!
You know, you put me on this trial because you wanted a black face,
but the truth is,
you never wanted a black voice.
I'd like to introduce members of our coalition.
Miss Geraldine Washington, President of the local NAACP,
Mr John Mack, head of the Urban League,
Mr Danny Bakewell, of the Brotherhood Crusade,
and the esteemed Reverend Frank Higgins
of the Baptist Ministers' Conference.
Can we give them all a round of applause,
as our speaker of the hour comes to the podium.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
We demand an immediate federal and State investigation of these tapes.
We demand full disclosure to calm a community unsettled
by the reports of their content.
-It goes way beyond OJ.
People are angry that these tapes confirm what we've always known...
..racist officers unjustly imprison, beat and kill African-Americans
and other people of colour.
Oh, my God, this is terrible.
I tried to stop him.
I want our leaders to listen...
and to listen very carefully.
Release these tapes.
Because this community is a powder keg
capable of repeating the actions of 1992.
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
Jesus, Johnnie's threatening another riot.
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-Release the tapes!
-'In the OJ Simpson trial, a court handed down a decision
'that Judge Ito will be able to rule on the Mark Fuhrman tapes.
'A hearing is scheduled for today and a ruling is expected soon
'on the highly controversial and incendiary tapes.'
this issue can be decided with dispatch.
We will present portions of that transcript that are relevant
to the credibility of Detective Fuhrman.
30 occasions in which he uses the word "nigger"
in a racially offensive context and which directly contradict
the testimony he presented under oath.
We will also present an additional 17 extracts
where Detective Fuhrman speaks with personal experience
about police misconduct - planting of evidence,
commission of perjury
and the presentation of cover-ups
and false testimony in court proceedings.
This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a prosecutor.
I don't want to be in the position of defending Mark Fuhrman.
My job is to defend Ron and Nicole.
But the bottom line is not Fuhrman,
it's the concrete evidence.
The defence just wants to inflame the jury,
so they forget about the facts and vote emotionally.
I hope this very cynical view will be proven wrong
and the jury will rise to the occasion and say,
"No. We are going to look at the evidence."
Because the rest of this stuff is irrelevant.
I submit these cases, numerous cases,
where racial epithets were deemed immaterial.
I beg of you, your Honour, act on precedent.
DO NOT let the jurors hear these tapes.
I am begging you from my soul.
"Anything out of a nigger's mouth, the first five sentences
"is a lie.
"People don't want Mexicans, they don't want anybody but good people."
Does Ito have an impossible decision on his hands?
The judge has no choice. He HAS to play the tapes.
I don't envy the guy. Pardon my French,
but he's screwed either way.
Department 103 is now in session.
The Honourable Lance A Ito presiding.
Over the recess, I've had the opportunity to contemplate
the issues at hand.
Now, I have not yet decided what tape extracts
are appropriate for the jury to hear.
However, I think that there is an overriding public interest
in the defence's offer
and I don't want there to be any impression that the court
would ever suppress any information.
..have become a matter of national concern.
Many entities have asked that they become public,
so what I'm going to suggest...
That the defence play its presentation to the court
in its entirety.
This is a double homicide, your Honour, not Iran-Contra!
Miss Clark, the court in its wisdom has made a determination.
Why do we have to broadcast this?
Truth, Miss Clark, the truth!
The court hides nothing from the people.
You've presented a defence that is based completely on lies
This teasing the public, the media,
by throwing them bits of the tapes,
inflaming the public's passions in an attempt
to exert political pressure over his Honour
in an attempt to pressure the court into admitting in
-the Fuhrman tapes.
This case is a circus!
And the defence has made it into a circus
and the court has allowed them to walk all over...
Mr Darden, you are close to being held in contempt!
Well, I should be held in contempt!
There's NOTHING funny here!
Chris, calm down.
I am warning you, a good piece of advice -
take three deep breaths then contemplate
what you are about to say next.
I don't like counsel, your Honour.
All right, Mr Darden, you can have counsel.
Do you wish to call your counsel at this time, Mr Darden?
I would like to be heard on behalf of Mr Darden, your Honour.
Miss Clarke, do you represent Mr Darden in this matter?
I don't know if I'm legally entitled to, but I would like to be heard.
Mr Darden is simply responding to the unfair events
that have occurred in this court room today and other days.
The court has been exploited by counsel for cross-purposes.
Miss Clark, I think perhaps you need to take ten deep breaths,
for you also are about to be held in contempt.
Shall I take off my watch and jewellery?
..perhaps some of my comments may have been
I apologise to the court. I meant no disrespect.
All right, Mr Darden, I accept your apology.
I apologise to you for my reaction as well.
You and I have known each other for a number of years
and I know that your response was out of character, so thank you.
Thank you, your Honour.
CHANTING: No justice, no peace! No justice, no peace!
Let's go, after you.
Thank you for coming.
Yes, no justice, no peace.
-I was first unit on the scene.
Four suspects ran into an apartment in the projects.
We kicked a door down, I grabbed a girl that lived there,
grabbed her by the hair and stuck a gun to her head
and used her as a barricade. I walked up and I said,
"I've got this girl, I'll blow her fucking brains out
"if you come out with a gun."
I held her, then I threw the bitch down the stairs.
-Can we use that in the story?
It hasn't been seven years.
Statute of limitations.
I have 300 and something pages of internal affairs investigation
just on that one incident.
We basically tortured those guys, we broke their bones
until their faces were mush.
There was blood all the way to the ceiling and fingermarks,
like they were trying to crawl out.
It was unbelievable. There was blood everywhere.
How do you intellectualise when you punch the hell
out of a nigger?
He either deserves it or he doesn't.
Falsifying a report, whatever.
That's putting a criminal in jail.
That's being a policeman.
And does that police station have the smell of niggers?
They've been beaten and killed in there for 30 years.
Immediately after we beat those guys, we found a garden hose
in the back.
We had blood all over us. With a dark blue uniform,
you don't see it, but we had to wash our hands.
Looked like red paint.
Cleaned our badges, cleaned our faces.
Then we went out to direct traffic.
'What happened in there...
'This is now the Fuhrman trial.
'This is not a trial...'
..about the man that murdered my son!
We came to this court months ago.
You know, I just realised something.
Mark Fuhrman's initials are MF.
I guess that's funny.
But I don't feel like laughing.
It seems like...
Like it's all over.
Ito could save our asses.
He could decide it's all irrelevant
and not let the jurors hear anything.
Come on, Marcia, they'll hear.
A couple of conjugal visits is all it takes.
..the fact that he is a bad police officer...
I'm so sorry I didn't listen to you.
You deserved better.
I know I'm too stubborn.
I always refuse to back down.
It's a problem.
I shouldn't have bet on Fuhrman.
Well, if we're apologising...
..then I'm sorry as shit about those gloves.
Guess we should have listened to each other.
I got some work to do.
These tapes expose the ugly reality of the LAPD.
It can never again be denied, and we only hope and pray
-that Chief Williams...
-KNOCK ON DOOR
..follows through on his promise of change.
I trust that's enough for your story and thank you.
Ito is releasing the decision.
Come on, come on, come on.
No, give me, give me, give me.
No, it's a nightmare.
Ito shafted us.
He's disallowing all the beatings, all the manufacture of evidence.
My, God, he's only allowing in two sentences -
"We have no niggers where I grew up" and "That's where niggers live."
-All Ito cares about is...
Fuhrman testified that he didn't say the word,
-so two sentences prove otherwise.
-What about the other 13 hours?
"Their value is overwhelmingly outweighed
"by the danger of undue prejudice."
"Prejudice", that's a hell of a word to use.
Bring the whole team down here and call up every network!
Shawn, dry them tears, girl! Let's go!
13 hours of tapes down to two sentences.
In the history of American jurisprudence...
You're turning this into a referendum.
Now, granted, it's a mixed decision, but Ito's given us
enough to work with.
Bob, you're blind. He's knocked out the manufacturing of evidence.
That's what gets us to the planted glove.
I appreciate your passion, but we've been hired
to defend a client, not to burn down a city.
Now, I'm sorry that you're disappointed
and I understand everything...
No, you don't! It's impossible.
There is no way you can understand what this is like, Bob.
It's one of the cruellest, unfairest decisions ever rendered.
It lends credence to all those who say the criminal justice system
Now, Judge Ito is misleading this jury.
All the world knows who Mark Fuhrman really is,
except our jury.
Our jury will be left in the dark.
OJ Simpson has been wrongly accused and framed
and the cover-up continues.
Now, I know that many people share in our anger.
But the citizens of Los Angeles should remain calm.
I'm still trembling.
I'd hoped to accomplish so much.
you have. Johnnie, you have.
Those two lines say plenty.
I feel like I failed.
All those hours of tape...
and the jury will only hear 12 words.
But the world, they heard the whole truth.
To hell with OJ Simpson, he is an imperfect vessel,
but you, you...
..got your message out there.
I'm proud of you, Johnnie.
We call Detective Mark Fuhrman to resume the witness stand.
It's hard to be hated by both sides.
It takes a man of certain character.
All right, good afternoon, Detective.
Good afternoon, your Honour.
You are reminded, Detective, that you are still under oath.
Mr Cochran, you may proceed.
Thank you, your Honour.
Detective Fuhrman, was the testimony you gave
at the preliminary hearing in this case completely truthful?
I wish to assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.
Detective Fuhrman, have you ever falsified a police report?
I wish to assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.
Detective Fuhrman, is it your intention to
assert your Fifth Amendment privilege
with respect to all questions I may ask?
Your Honour, may I have a moment?
WHISPERING AND CHATTER
Your Honour, can we curtail this performance piece?
The witness has already made clear that he will not
answer any further questions.
Actually, your Honour, may I ask just one last question?
did you plant or manufacture any evidence in this case?
I assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.
No further questions, your Honour.
Johnnie is a genius!
Did you see what happened in there?
Oh, man! Fuhrman framed me!
He framed me!
That was something, huh?
Yeah, it was a real success for the defence.
Well, I won't be wearing these much longer.
Oh, man, that was magical!
Johnnie's got charisma, man! Ooh!
Oh, that was something!
Bobby, have a good night.
Marcia, I've been looking for you.
-The ruling just came in.
What did Ito do now?
Ito? No, the ruling of your divorce.
I got primary custody.
So, you got everything.
The pressure-cooker atmosphere in court intensifies when the defence attempts to introduce inflammatory tapes revealing detective Mark Fuhrman's hateful nature, which have damaging consequences for all sides.
Racism is not the only prejudice on display as the powerful drama about the OJ Simpson trial takes an unexpected turn in this penultimate episode.