Carl Douglas was a member of the defense team that helped O.J. Simpson get acquitted in a murder case that got titled as the “trial of the century.”
Twenty years later, speaking with Eyewitness News, Douglas recollects about the infamous case. While he did not answer if he believes Simpson committed the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, Douglas said that had the ruling been given in favor of the prosecutors, they would have won through deceit. “After 20 years, I have not chosen to argue with anyone who has a belief that Mr. Simpson was responsible for two deaths,” Douglas said. “But I’ll tell you, I had a chance to work on this one case for 16 months. I dare say, in this great country, if the police can lie and plant evidence against O.J. Simpson, if they were to win, then none of us would be safe. Every night I can think back on the work that we lawyers did and sleep in total comfort.”
On June 12, 1994, Nicole and Goldman were fatally stabbed outside of her condominium in Brentwood, California; and their dead bodies were discovered the following morning. Nicole and O.J.’s children had been sleeping in the room next door during the incident.
On June 17, Simpson was staying with his friend, Robert Kardashian Sr., at the Kardashian’s home. He left the house the next day and disappeared, and was subsequently declared a fugitive. Soon thereafter, the car chase began where O.J. and his friend, Al Cowlings, escaped in a white bronco. They pulled the vehicle into the driveway of Cowling’s house. Cowling, who went inside the house, left O.J. inside to negotiate his surrender with the police. Throughout the negotiation, O.J. had a gun on him and was threatening to commit suicide. After an hour, the police were able to coax him out of the car. He was subsequently arrested on two counts of first-degree murder.
Meanwhile, Cuba Gooding, Jr., who will be playing O.J. in an upcoming TV series, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, said playing the character of the murder suspect was a trying experience. As reported by Variety, the actor said, “Some days it’s dark, really dark.” Gooding added, “I probably will when it’s all said and done for people to watch it, but when I’m in it, I’m in it.”
The show, which will feature 10 episodes, will premiere in February 2016 on FX. The cast for the show includes John Travolta as the defense lawyer, Robert Shapiro; Sarah Paulson as the prosecutor, Marcia Clark; David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian; Selma Blair as Kris Jenner and Connie Britton as Faye Resnick.
According to Daily Mail, O.J. is currently serving a prison sentence for armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.
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