MR. NICE GUY RETURNS

WITH THE SUIT SOON TO GO TO THE JURY, O.J. PAINTS THE PORTRAIT OF AN IDYLLIC MARRIAGE. IS IT REAL OR SURREAL?

O J. Simpson had been on the witness stand for most of two hours last Friday afternoon when the judge took a brief recess. Two elderly women who had occupied coveted seats available to the public decided they had heard enough. Leaving the Santa Monica, California, courthouse, one of them said, "Well, you either believe the whole thing or you don't."

No legal pundit, or Hamlet invoking "words, words, words" could have explained the wrongful-death lawsuit against Simpson more succinctly. As the defense prepares to rest this week, jurors will ponder what has been presented to them. Under gentle questioning from...

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