The Burden of Evidence

After much courtroom wrangling over telltale details, a judge orders O.J. Simpson to stand trial for murder

When it was all over, the defense counsel spoke. Sad-eyed, indignation banked to a mere smolder, Robert Shapiro argued that all the accusations laid against his client were the worst kind of circumstantial evidence -- evidence that could be read as innocence as well as guilt, and the court should have "little difficulty in deciding that this certainly is not a case of any premeditated murder by anyone." In fact, he declared, there was insufficient proof that O.J. Simpson was guilty of anything.

Rising to respond, Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark, stern-faced and methodical, ticked off her evidence, piece by piece....

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