CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Clark suggests race played role in verdict

Clark October 6, 1995
Web posted at: 2 a.m. EDT

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- After months in the pressure cooker that was the O.J. Simpson trial, lawyers on both sides let off a little steam at the media, at the jury and at each other.

While lawyers on the defense team (see related story) exchange bitter barbs, lawyers for the prosecution vented at the jury.

Marcia Clark, who seemed at peace with the verdict hours after it was announced Tuesday, showed a different side Thursday. "I'm very disappointed (by the verdict), but not surprised," Clark told CNN's Art Harris in a phone interview.

Clark also commented on the role race might have played in the jurors decision. "Liberals don't want to admit it," she said, "but a majority black jury won't convict in a case like this. They won't bring justice." Clark later backed away from her statement, claiming she was misquoted and that the conversation was off the record. CNN stood by the accuracy of its report, and said, "We believed the conversation was on the record."

"What jurors are saying is they looked for a reason to acquit. There was no critical thinking going on," she said. "I mean, their question, 'Why didn't they see any blood on the leaves if the glove had blood on it?' Give me a break."

One of the jurors who has spoken to the media mentioned the lack of blood on the leaves as a reason the glove evidence was discounted.

Clark also talked about mistakes made by prosecutors. "Everyone made mistakes. I made mistakes, but none that would justify a verdict like this."

Darden Prosecutor Christopher Darden's first public remarks since his post-verdict news conference showed he was still stunned by the verdict. "I feel like my life isn't worth a plugged nickel," he told the New York Daily News.

Also Thursday:

---CNN learned District Attorney Gil Garcetti is considering perjury charges against Fuhrman. The investigation would center on whether Fuhrman lied on the stand when he said he had not used racial slurs in the last 10 years. Tapes later revealed he had used the slurs.

FuhrmanKey to the case will be proving Fuhrman knew he'd said the words while denying them on the stand. Fuhrman reportedly has dropped his libel suit against defense attorney Robert Shapiro and The New Yorker magazine.

Garcetti may face a tough re-election campaign if he is held responsible for the outcome of the case. In an interview with CNN's Bernard Shaw, syndicated columnist Robert Novak suggested Garcetti may be challenged for his post by three deputy D.A.'s who fault Garcetti for the loss. Judge Lance Ito is also up for re-election next year.

---Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic expert who testified for Simpson, denied suggesting that police investigate Simpson's older son, Jason, as had been reported. (320K .aiff sound or 320K .wav sound)

However, Lee told CNN he thinks the murder investigation should continue.



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