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									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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         free at least 17 people wrongly 'con-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scheck, 45, is an idealist when it
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But the case has taken its toll.
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