An overwhelming amount of American people believe O.J. Simpson murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman back in 1994, but L.A. County prosecutor Marcia Clark and her co-prosecutor Christopher Darden couldn’t prove as much while up against the Dream Team in court.
Having faced O.J.’s squad of lawyers, which included Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian, Alan Dershowitz, and more, Clark recalled the “Trial of the Century” and all the setbacks she met in accusing the famed athlete of murder. Now 62 years old, she says she felt “physical pain” when The Juice was acquitted.
Sitting down for an episode of NBC’s Dateline, along with Kris Jenner and Simpson’s defense attorney Carl Douglas, Marcia had a lot to say about the ’90s trial that still has us all intrigued.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
She recalled seeing Simpson fans standing at the side of the road cheering during the infamous white Bronco police chase. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is not good. … He has murdered two innocent people, slaughtered them, and you’re cheering his escape?’ It gave me a full view of what we were up against.”
She added: “I had so many days going to the office feeling like, ‘We’re toast; it’s over,’ because I remember watching the jury every single day” and not getting a good feeling from her observations. “Throughout the trial, it felt like one minefield after another. Every day we’d walk into court, and something else was blowing up.”
Clark was referring to a series of setbacks experienced by the prosecution, from the decision to have Simpson try on the leather glove that didn’t fit to former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman’s decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right when asked if he planted evidence after tapes surfaced in which he repeatedly used the n-word. She also noted that her closing argument “wasn’t my best.”
Marcia admits she was tired after the eight-month trial.
“I was tired; I was demoralized,” Clark said of the eight-month trial. “By the time I actually got to talk to the jury, [it felt like] ‘Are you hearing anything? I don’t now.’ It just didn’t feel like anybody cared.”
The not-guilty verdict, she said, was “physically painful. That was not justice.” She ultimately blames herself but said: “The problem was the jury didn’t want to believe, and so at the end of day, you can’t make someone believe something they don’t want to believe.”
Kris Jenner also talked about Nicole’s toxic relationship with O.J.:
For her part, Jenner told Dateline that Brown, who had allegedly been physically abused by Simpson for some time, “couldn’t live with him and she couldn’t live without him,” even though she frequently worried about his fidelity.
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SOURCE: THR | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty