BLAMING THE VICTIM

O.J. SIMPSON IS BACK IN COURT WITH A NEW DEFENSE STRATEGY THAT AIMS TO PUT HIS SLAIN EX-WIFE ON TRIAL

That noise you heard across the country last week was the sound of Americans going about their usual business: doing their jobs, tending to their kids, following the World Series--instead of watching the O.J. Simpson trial. With cameras banned from the courtroom in the civil suit brought against Simpson following his acquittal on murder charges a year ago, the nation has been spared another all-consuming TV spectacle. But that didn't make any less startling the defense's opening gambit: the trashing of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Simpson's murdered ex-wife had been largely spared during the criminal trial. But lead defense attorney Robert Baker...

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