The Other Circus

As prosecutors seek a life sentence for O.J. Simpson, a grand jury hears evidence against his pal Al Cowlings

However long the O.J. Simpson proceedings drag on, some bedeviling questions may never be answered. One important unknown, however, has always been guaranteed a resolution, even before the opening bell of the trial. To wit: Would the prosecution, rolling high, try for the death penalty, or would it lower the stakes -- and possibly raise the chances of conviction -- by demanding mere life imprisonment?

On Friday Simpson's lawyers heard the verdict. In a letter to attorneys Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran Jr., Assistant District Attorney Frank Sunstedt explained that after "consideration of all available aggravating and mitigating . . ....

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