Jury close to getting O.J. case
Jonathan T. Lovitt ; Richard Price
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Jurors in the O.J. Simpson civil trial are expected to
begin their deliberations next week.
Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki had hoped to give them their instructions Thursday but
closing arguments by Simpson's lawyers went through the day and resume
Court is closed today while Fujisaki attends a conference.
In closing arguments Thursday, Simpson's lawyers used the same strategy that
won the acquittal at Simpson's criminal trial -- attacking the evidence as
Lawyer Robert Blasier, speaking to jurors from a wheelchair after back surgery,
described the police probe of his client as ``a picture of corruption, of
``We're not going to be able to paint you a complete picture of that,'' Blasier said,
but added, ``We'll paint some of it.''
And that should be enough to find in favor of Simpson, he argued, quoting
defense forensic expert Henry Lee: ``If you have a plate of spaghetti and find a
cockroach in it, you don't have to search for another one to discard the entire
The defense will be followed by rebuttal arguments from lawyers for the
plaintiffs -- the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. After
that, Fujisaki assigns the case to the jury, possibly as early as Monday.
PHOTO, Color,Fred Prouser, Reuters