6A - Morning News, Friday, April 7,1995
Simpson attorney suggests campaign to remove pro-defense jurors With Harris reporting that jurors
BrLMaDeutsch judge and defense attorneys making mistrial at this point, legal experts untrue things are said in court docu- perienced domestic violence. She
The Associated Press incendiary accusations. said. Any move by prosecutors to ments. said Thursday that the dispute was had divided along racial lines and*
Speaking to reporters outside, end the trial and try Simpson again Cochran said he spent 10 days settled and forgotten. The Harrises the judge cautioning the panelists
LOS ANGELES - O.J. Simp- Johnnie Cochran Jr. and members would plaqe the former football star fighting to keep Harris while prose- are still married. earlier this week to "be kind to each
son's lead attorney, angry over the of his team said their witnesses have in double jeopardy, they said. cutors argued for her dismissal in While furor over the dismissed other," suspicions heightened about
loss of an outspokenly sympathetic been followed and harassed and sug- District Attorney Gil Garcetti re- meetings with Superior Court Judge juror percolated outside the court- the cause of juror frictions. One
juror, suggested Thursday there is a gested that someone is targeting ju- fused to deny his office was spying Lance I to. room, the judge took the bench source said the/three jurors had the
campaign to remove pro-defense rors with misconduct allegations to on and following defense witnesses. "We thought she was a great ju- briefly to report that two jurors flu. Others suspected deeper prob-
members of the jury that will judge affect the trial's outcome. "We are seeking the truth and we're ror," Cochran said. were sick. Later, a sheriffs spokes- lems.
Simpson on murder charges. "We think that Big Brother is do- doing it in an ethical, professional Harris conceded Thursday in an man, Deputy John Castro, said a
ing more than just watching us -on and honorable way," he said. interview with KCAL-TV that .she third panelist had been stricken and "It's realistic to think that jurors'
The Simpson judge, meanwhile, this case," he said. "We... are very, In response to the criticisms of did in fact accuse her husband, Mel- court was canceled for Friday as emotional distress can affect their,
apparently alarmed by the dis- the prosectftion case by dismissed vin, of abuse but said she had forgot- well. Castro said two of the sick ju- physical health," Loyola University
missed juror's comments in a live very concerned about what seems to professor Laurie Levenson said.
TV interview about racial tensions be a concerted effort to1go after cer- juror Jeanette Harris, Garcetti said ten about it. rors required medical attention.
and problems among jurors and tain jurors on this case. ' not all the evidence has been heard In a 1988 court document involv- Monday had previously been
He said the defense doesn't want and expressed his confidence in the ing a child custody dispute, Harris scheduled as a day off, so the cross- She and other legal experts said'
their guards, ordered an investiga- a mistrial and, if it becomes neces- jury system. said her husband "forcibly made me examination of criminalist Dennis Harris' comments, were distressing'
tion. . Cochran brushed off questions have sex with him" and "pushed Fung will not resume until Tuesday. because they suggested jurors might
sary, he would accept a verdict from
It was a wild day at the Criminal fewer than 12 jurors. about the issue that led to Harris' and shoved me." She expressed fear Simpson has been jailed since his have hidden agendas, that they have
Courts Building on Thursday, with "We will never agree to a mis- dismissal - her failure to reveal a in the document that the abuse arrest on charges he murdered his been discussing the case within se-
court /canceled because of juror ill- trial," he said. "We have a great domestic abuse complaint she filed would get even more violent. ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and questration and that their attitudes
ness, five Sheriffs Department offi- jury." against her husband in 1988. In the In her Simpson jury question- her friend Ronald Goldman last were being polarized by the deputies
cials meeting privately with the Only the defense could seek a heat of spousal strife, he said; many 1
naire, Harris said she had never ex- June 12. guarding them. .
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'•^~'/$'•' • • The Associated Press ,
LOS ANGELES - Sarry Scheck,
i the brash New Yorker imported by
the O.J. Simpson defense to chal-
$&*$$%$¥''•' ' lenge DNA evidence, this week
b '***&$§& .
showed off the skills that earned him
a reputation as one of the nation's
"foremost forensics lawyers. :
For two days, Scheck's Brooklyn-
tinged voice and boyishly unkempt
hair dominated the courtroom and
televised images of the goings on in-
side. ; ; .... .
He not only outshone the "Dream
Team" of powerhouse lawyers at the,
defense table; he made spectators
forget they were there. ^
Scheck drilled police criminalist
Dennis .Fung about what he called
''terrible mistakes'' by investigators
at^Simpson's estate and, two miles
wear awayi outside the tcondbm1nium
where Nicole Brown Simpson and
Ronald Goldman died. '
Again and again, Scheck drove
home the defense contention that
sloppy handling could have tainted
the blood evidence that gives back-
bone to the'prdsecution'scqse.X. .
. 'T think he's given..the most ef-
fective performance by a lawyer so
far in trial. He's, been perfect,1* said
Ted Cassman, an EmeryvillerCalif.,
criminal defense lawyer.
In New York, Scheck has teamed
up regularly with Peter Neufeld, an-
other recruit to the Simpson team, to
win cases through the still relatively
new science of DNA testing.
Their Innocence Project at Ye-
shiva University's Benjamin N. .
Cardozo School of Law has helped
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Scheck, 45, is an idealist when it
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