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Simpson juror turns her trial notes into a song

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Brenda Moran appears on 'Larry King Live'

October 7, 1995
Web posted at:7:58 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (CNN) -- O.J. Simpson juror Brenda Moran said she has set her notes on the trial to music, and even offered to sing her O.J. song on the air to Larry King.

Kicking off a planned series of talk-show appearances, Moran appeared on "Larry King Live" Friday night, accompanied by her attorney, Anthony Bell.

Moran said there was nothing to do when she got back to her hotel room, so she started keeping a diary. And to help her remember her notes, she would make them into a song. King asked her to sing it for him, but her attorney stopped her. (248K AIFF sound or 248K WAV sound)


Moran, a computer programmer for the Los Angeles Superior Court, said the worst thing about the trial was being locked up. When King asked her what was the best thing, she said there wasn't anything good about it. In fact, she said, she tried her best not to be picked for jury duty at all. But in the end, she gave in to her fate.

After all of that time on her hands, it's no surprise that a book was brewing. Moran's book, "Parallel Universe," is due out next month. King suggested that the title meant that Moran and the rest of world see the case on different curves. "Exactly," Moran said.

King asked Moran about the short deliberations before returning a not guilty verdict, and specifically about the replay of limousine driver Allan Park's testimony.

Moran said it was she who asked to hear the testimony again. She said she was unclear if the shadowy figure Park saw was wearing dark clothing or sweats.

Park testified in the trial that he spent 15 minutes trying to get someone inside Simpson's estate to answer the intercom. He said he then saw a 6-foot, 200-pound African-American walk across Simpson's yard and into the front door. Seconds later, he said, Simpson answered the intercom.

As for taking less than four hours to return a verdict of not guilty, Moran maintained that she and the other jurors lived with the case for nine months and they didn't need more time. She also said that the promise of a "mountain of evidence" by the prosecution added up to a "mole hill" to her.

At her press conference Wednesday, Moran said that domestic violence wasn't an issue in this case. She explained to King that had she been a juror in his physical abuse trial against Nicole Brown Simpson, she would have convicted him. "But this was a murder trial," she said.

King asked her what she made of Nicole putting a will and pictures in safety deposit box. Moran said, "Well, for that you would have to ask (Nicole.)" (335K AIFF sound or 335K WAV sound)

"But she's gone," King said. "Isn't that what juries are supposed to do, speculate?"

Moran started to answer, but Bell broke in. "No," he said. "In fact, juries are instructed not to speculate."

"But it was in the evidence," King said.

Bell then told King that juries are supposed to draw "reasonable inferences."

King asked Bell what he thought about a 30-year-old woman having a will. Bell suggested that Nicole possibly put the pictures in the safety deposit box, preparing for a separation, and knew that they might affect Simpson's image.

Later, Moran told King she was offended by the heavy criticism jurors have received since the verdict. "We were the ones who were locked up for nine months," she said. "We were the ones taken away from our families."


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