THE O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL: AN UGLY END TO IT ALL

ESCALATING RACIAL RHETORIC, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM, DOMINATES THE TRIAL'S FINAL DAYS AND SETS THE STAGE FOR A DIVISIVE VERDICT

THE IMPOSSIBLY TANGLED ISSUES of the O.J. Simpson trial could best be understood last week by paying attention to the tears. Prosecutor Marcia Clark finished her summation with the chilling sounds of Nicole Brown Simpson's pleading 911 calls to police. While a screen flashed pictures of Nicole's bruised face, followed by her and Ronald Goldman in death, the families of the victims wept. But what may make more of a difference to the verdict is what happened when defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. gave his summation a day earlier. When he reminded the mostly black jury of how often African Americans...

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