Fuhrman pleads 'no contest' to perjury charge
Subpoenaed to appear as witness in Simpson civil trialOctober 2, 1996
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Mark Fuhrman, the former Los Angeles Police Department detective who testified that he found a bloody glove at the O.J. Simpson estate, became a convicted felon Wednesday.
Fuhrman was sentenced to three years probation, with no jail time, in exchange for his "no contest" plea to one count of perjury relating to his testimony concerning racial slurs during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. (7 sec. /96K AIFF or WAV sound) He also was fined $200.
Fuhrman formally accepted the plea agreement and Los Angeles Superior Judge John Ouderkirk announced his approval of the plea agreement in a hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Fuhrman's attorney Darryl Mounger told the court Fuhrman was accepting the plea bargain against his advice.
Fuhrman appeared briefly in a Los Angeles municipal courtroom Wednesday morning to enter a not guilty plea. Minutes later, Fuhrman and his lawyer appeared before a Superior Court judge and again entered a plea of not guilty.
Soon after the second court appearance, it was announced that a plea agreement had been reached and it was formally accepted in a Wednesday afternoon hearing.
The felony complaint charged Fuhrman with one count of perjury on a material matter, alleging that he knew it to be false when he testified "that he had not addressed any black person as a 'nigger' or spoken about black people as 'niggers' in the past 10 years." (28 sec. /256K AIFF or WAV sound)
The testimony in question was given on March 15, 1995.
Also Wednesday, a process server for the Simpson defense team served a subpoena ordering Fuhrman to appear as a witness in the Simpson wrongful death civil trial underway in a Santa Monica courtroom. After two unsuccessful attempts to hand Fuhrman the subpoena, the server threw the papers at Fuhrman while he was in the courthouse.
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