CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Poll: half of Americans believe prosecution proved O.J. guilty

USA Today/CNN/Gallup

September 25, 1995
Web posted at: 7:30 p.m. EDT

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- As attorneys in the O.J. Simpson trial are preparing for the start of closing arguments on Tuesday, a new poll indicates that half of Americans believe the prosecution proved the former football star guilty of murder.

Simpson table

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, released Monday, showed that 23 percent thought the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Simpson is guilty of first-degree murder. Twenty-seven percent believed Simpson was proven guilty of second-degree murder, while 39 percent said that the prosecution had failed to prove Simpson guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on either charge.

Monday also brought one final ruling from Judge Lance Ito before closing arguments begin. The judge barred the defense from using video clips from the trial during its portion of the final arguments.

Defense attorneys had hoped to use the clips -- including the video of Simpson struggling to put on the "bloody gloves" -- but they failed to meet Ito's 9 a.m. EDT deadline Monday to provide a list of what clips they would use.

Defense attorneys, however, were not ready to give up. "(The issue is) still in the air as far as I'm concerned," said attorney Robert Blazier.



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