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Simpson jury in place, opening statements WednesdayOctober 21, 1996
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EDT
SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- A 12-member jury and eight alternates were seated Monday for the O.J. Simpson civil suit, and opening statements are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.
The alternates consist of three white men, two white females, an African-American female, an Asian man and a Hispanic man. They include a retired medical lab worker, a computer programmer and a desk top publisher for a law firm. As he did with the regular jurors, the judge told the alternates to stay away from television and to listen to evidence in the case carefully because they could be called upon at anytime to fill in.
In other action, attorneys for Fred Goldman have asked the judge to limit what Simpson's attorneys can say to the jury about former Los Angeles Police Department detective Mark Fuhrman, who pleaded no contest last week to perjury in the Simpson murder trial. The judge will rule on the matter Wednesday before opening statements.
Correspondent Jim Moret contributed to this report.
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