DRAWING LINES AND LESSONS

A TIME FORUM EXAMINES THE SIGNIFICANCE AND POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

SUSAN ESTRICH LAW PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

"IT'S A CIRCUS, IT'S A DISGRACE, and the sooner it's over the better for Los Angeles. This trial is increasing people's cynicism about race in this city, and the defense attorneys are playing to wounds in the black and Jewish communities. Johnnie Cochran is the best defense O.J. could buy. But it will be terrible for the criminal justice system if it works. The jury is being asked by him to do politics, and it's a recipe for disaster. Juries have to realize they're not political leaders and they're not an audience...

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