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Judge to let Simpson argue that bloody glove was planted

October 11, 1996
Web posted at: 4:30 p.m. EDT

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- The judge in the O.J. Simpson wrongful death civil suit has ruled that Simpson's lawyers can argue in their opening statement that the bloody glove that Mark Fuhrman testified he found on the Simpson estate was planted by the former Los Angeles police detective.

The theory played a major role in the criminal trial of Simpson, which ended a year ago with Simpson's acquittal on two murder charges.

Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki ruled Friday that Simpson's lawyers could argue that four key pieces of evidence used in the criminal trial were planted. The evidence includes the glove, blood drops found on the back gate at the condo where the bodies were found, blood found in Simpson's Ford Bronco and a pair of socks found in Simpson bedroom.

While the judge ruled that evidence supporting the contention the glove was planted was very slim, he noted that Fuhrman recently pleaded no contest to a perjury charge. He said that gave enough basis to allow reference to a planting theory in the defense opening statements.

The glove, which Simpson tried on in front of the jury during the criminal trial, matched another glove recovered from the Bundy murder scene.

The blood drops -- collected several weeks after the bodies were found on the Bundy back gate -- matched Simpson's blood, according to expert testimony given in the criminal trial.

The blood from the Bronco, collected August 26, 1994, contained a mixture of blood belonging to both victims, according to expert testimony.

The socks taken by police from Simpson's bedroom the day after the deaths were later found to contain blood from Simpson's former wife Nicole Brown Simpson, according to testimony from forensic experts.

The judge, however, will not allow the planting theory to be used in reference to blood drops found on the ground at the Bundy crime scene leading away from the bodies or blood collected from the Bronco on June 13, 1994.

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