Hard Knocks

Simpson's defense team takes a hammering

Defense lawyers offered a feisty performance in the courtroom, but the most significant action in the O.J. Simpson case last week was conducted behind closed doors -- and there the defense team took a hammering. In one instance, Simpson's lawyers were rebuffed when they tried to punish prosecutors for seeking evidence against Simpson from testimony in a grand jury investigating his friend Al ("A.C.") Cowlings, the driver of the fleeing white Bronco. The defense was responding to District Attorney Gil Garcetti's earlier statement that his team would not ignore "other evidence that comes out that assists us in another case."

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