The D.A. on The Defensive

For those keeping score, the Simpson defense team played pretty good offense last week, while District Attorney Gil Garcetti's office seemed to be stumbling all over the field. Some of the moves by Simpson's legal team were largely theatrical: attorney Leroy Taft set up a toll-free number and a $500,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of the "real killer." Potentially more damaging, the Los Angeles County coroner's office, pressured by media leaks, admitted that 16 pieces of evidence in the Simpson case had been mishandled. Though most of the errors were minor (a container of bile temporarily mislabeled as...

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