October 4, 1995
Web posted at: 10 p.m. EDT
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - "In plain English, the glove didn't fit."
That's how O.J. Simpson juror Brenda Moran explained why the panel of nine blacks, two whites and one Hispanic returned a not guilty verdict in less than four hours Monday after a double murder trial that lasted nearly nine months.
In a news conference Wednesday, Moran said that while she felt sympathy for families of victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, she didn't let those feelings interfere with her decision. "I was brought here to find out who murdered these victims. And that's exactly what we did as a jury," she said. (136K AIFF sound or 136K WAV sound)
Asked by a reporter who the murderer was, Moran said, "I can't speculate on that ... I know O.J. Simpson didn't do it."
She said it was "a waste of time" for the prosecution to try to build a case around the history of domestic violence in Simpson's marriage to Nicole. "This was a murder trial, not a trial about domestic abuse," she said.
Moran described other key aspects of the case that led jurors to acquittal. One was detective Philip Vannatter's testimony that he did not consider Simpson a suspect the first time he went to his home.
She said she also had a problem with Vannatter's admission that he carried Simpson's blood sample around with him for hours before booking it into evidence. (111K AIFF sound or 111K WAV sound) As for the glove found behind Simpson's estate, she said someone planted it. She said the glove was covered with blood, but no traces of blood were found on the ground around it. Moran said she also questioned the validity of the bloody socks found in Simpson's bedroom.
The glove was found by former detective Mark Fuhrman, who matched it with another found at Simpson's home. Fuhrman became a key prosecution witness, but defense attorneys presented evidence that he had lied on the witness stand about using racial slurs. Moran said she saw Fuhrman as a racist from the start, and did not consider his testimony credible. She said jurors did not consider him much of a factor in their decision.
As for the complaint from Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro that the defense not only used the "race card" but dealt it from the bottom of the deck, Moran said the jury "didn't even deal with that deck." (196K AIFF sound or 196K WAV sound)
Moran said each juror considered the evidence in the case throughout the trial, and that's why it took them less than four hours to agree on a verdict. "It didn't take us nine more months to figure it out. We're not that ignorant," she said. (247K AIFF sound or 247K WAV sound)
She insisted the other jurors did not talk with each other about the case before deliberations began Monday. Moran said two jurors originally favored a guilty verdict against Simpson, but changed their minds after discussing it with the other jurors in deliberations.
Her attorney said a read-back of testimony from limo driver Allan Park during the deliberations was "insignificant."
She said she thought the attorneys for both sides "were great," but said her decision "wasn't a matter of sympathy, it wasn't a matter of favoritism, it was a matter of evidence." (94K AIFF sound or 94K WAV sound)
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