Lawyer lands punches in, out of court
Three mornings a week, defense lawyer Robert Shapiro lands punches before he
enters court - on a set of punching bags, or with sparring partners, in the garage
of his Beverly Hills, Calif., home, under the watchful eye of a trainer. "I've
always admired boxers because they're so agile," Shapiro, 51, told People
magazine. "That's the way I want to be." Another favorite sport is bungee
jumping, which he's photographed doing at Lake Tahoe in the July 11 issue. The
New Jersey-born celebrity lawyer who favors $2,000 Giorgio Armani suits,
enjoys carrot-beet juice, and is sensitive about a balding spot, describes himself
as meticulous and disciplined, especially when working on a celebrity case. "The
public perception is that a celebrity can get off easier. . . . It's absolutely not
true," he said. "Two cases being equal, one involving a celebrity and the other
not, the ordinary citizen has a much better chance of getting a better result."
Although he spends long hours preparing for cases, "he'll drop anything for the
kids," says wife Linell, 46. Example: the first week of the O.J. Simpson case, he
took sons, Brent, 13, and Grant, 10, to the USA vs. Colombia World Cup match.
NIGHT READING: Simpson's management agency has asked Random House to
send Simpson the books, All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing by Cormac
McCarthy, Newsweek reports. Prison rules require books to be sent from
publishers. And if prison officials don't consider the material appropriate, the
agency has asked Random House for "any variety of books you might be able to
send." Horses, is the first in a planned trilogy, and won the 1992 National Book
Critics Circle Award for fiction. It centers on two teens who run away on
horseback from their Texas homes and end up working on a Mexican ranch. One
boy falls in love with the daughter of the ranch owner. The boys then are arrested
on murder and horse thievery charges. The Crossing also is about two youths
who leave their New Mexican homes.
DEFENSE BREAK: Simpson's defense team appeared to be in a celebratory
mood Saturday. Shapiro, leading a group of about 20 that included F. Lee Bailey
and Alan Dershowitz, showed up at Nicky Blair's restaurant on Sunset Boulevard
and traded embraces with a procession of visitors. Shapiro described the past two
weeks as grueling and said the outing was a way to unwind. The party broke up
around 11 p.m., and the crowd left for dessert at Shapiro's home. Simpson's
friend, Robert Kardashian, said he's "just trying to hold things together."
RE-ELECTED: A week before Simpson was charged with killing Nicole Brown
Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, he was re-elected to the board of The Forschner
Group, a Connecticut-based Swiss Army knives distributor, The Detroit News
reports. To oust him, shareholders would have to hold a special meeting or wait
until his term expires. He gets a $10,000 stipend and $1,000 a meeting.
TRADING CARDS: Collectors at a sports memorabilia show in Anaheim, Calif.,
this weekend bought thousands of cards of Simpson, Nicole Simpson and
Goldman. Going price: $8 to $10 each. Featured in the 10-pack from Interlink
News Services: Simpson's police mug shot, court photos, a white Ford Bronco
with Simpson inside being chased by police, Nicole Simpson's driver's license
photo, and modeling photos of Goldman.
Contributing: Jonathan T. Lovitt and Noreen Seebacher
PHOTO,b/w,Douglas C. Pizac,Agence France-Presse