CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Simpson defense to grill Fuhrman


Former detective likely to "take the Fifth"

September 6, 1995

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- O.J. Simpson's defense team will call Mark Fuhrman as a witness Wednesday, but jurors probably won't hear another word from the much-maligned former Los Angeles Police detective. He is expected to invoke the Fifth Amendment protection against self- incrimination.

Tuesday, jurors heard a lot of words attributed to Fuhrman, plus a few choice words in his own voice. Three witnesses described their experiences with Fuhrman, all of which included racist remarks. And at the end of the day, the defense played taped recordings of some of Fuhrman's conversations with a screenwriting instructor that contained similar comments.

Simpson's attorneys contend Fuhrman is a racist who planted the blood-stained glove he found on Simpson's estate the morning after Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed. The one-time Simpson case investigator retired from the police last month and moved to Idaho.

Mckinny The screenwriter, Laura Hart McKinny, was ordered to return to court Wednesday for cross-examination. She testified Tuesday about her 10 years worth of conversations with Fuhrman, most of which were recorded. She said he used the word "nigger" 42 times. "I didn't feel good hearing it," she said. At least two African-American jurors seemed to feel the same way. They appeared to be on the verge of tears after the taped excerpts were played.

Fuhrman, in the taped remarks, included racist terms while disparaging female police officers and blacks. "They (women) don't go out there and initiate a contact with some 6-foot-5 nigger that's been in prison for seven years pumping weights."

The defense goal is to show Fuhrman lied on the witness stand last March when he testified he had not used the "N word" in the past 10 years. Invoking the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination would give him protection against perjury charges.

Singer Kathleen Bell was the first witness on Tuesday. She claims she met Fuhrman about 10 years ago and was put off by his alleged racist comments. Under direct questioning, attorney F. Lee Bailey asked Bell about her first conversation with Fuhrman. She testified he said, "If I had my way I'd gather all the niggers together and burn them." (270K .aiff sound file)

Natalie Singer later took the stand and recalled her own encounter with Fuhrman. She said Fuhrman told her, "The only good nigger is a dead nigger."


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