O.J. lawyer sets sights on Nicole
Jonathan T. Lovitt ; Gale Holland
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- O.J. Simpson's defense lawyer Thursday branded
the evidence against his client a litany of lies and indirectly blamed Nicole
Brown Simpson's death on her ``dangerous'' lifestyle.
Robert Baker, delivering his opening statement in the wrongful-death civil suit
against his client, characterized Simpson's ex-wife as hard-drinking, drug-using
and sexually promiscuous.
Nicole Simpson routinely was ``having parties, inviting . . . prostitutes, drug
users, into her house with her children,'' Baker said. She had trouble with men,
he said, telling jurors one of her affairs led to a pregnancy she terminated in
The implication: Along her troubled path, she ran into someone other than
Simpson who killed her and her friend Ron Goldman in June 1994.
Wednesday, lawyers for the plaintiffs -- the Brown and Goldman families --
detailed claims that an obsessed Simpson killed his ex-wife and Goldman in a
Baker told jurors Simpson never stalked Nicole, that he watched her closely
because he worried about his children.
The attack on Nicole's reputation was a strategy change from the defense's
actions in the criminal case, which ended in O.J. Simpson's acquittal.
The rest of Baker's statement condemned the evidence against Simpson, labeling
it planted or tainted.
Baker addressed new items from the plaintiffs' opening statement. Among them:
a photo showing Simpson in shoes matching those that left prints at the murder
scene. Baker said ``this photograph is a phony. . . . It was doctored.''