Johnnie Cochran got away with it.
The late lawyer warped the United States criminal justice system in a successful quest to free the rich, famous — and, I believe, guilty as Osama bin Laden — accused double-murderer O.J. Simpson.
Then Cochran sued The Post, and me, for the crazy sum of $10 million.
It was 1997, more than two years after blind, deaf and dumb Los Angeles jurors declared the beloved former football great Orenthal James Simpson innocent. The Juice was accused in 1994 of nearly decapitating with a knife his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson — the mother of two of his children — and stabbing her actor-waiter friend, Ronald Goldman, so many times, the overkill continued even after he was dead.
As lead attorney of O.J.’s amoral “Dream Team,’’ Cochran essentially put the entire L.A. Police Department on trial for racism. The cynical court strategy freed an African-American hero, a guy who married white, played golf with white guys, reinvented himself as a sports commentator, movie star and TV pitchman, and never gave back, financially or socially, to the black community from which he had escaped.
“Well, I’m not black!’’ O.J. (Cuba Gooding Jr.) cries out in the riveting, and emotionally draining, new TV series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson.’’ “I’m. O.J.’’
Source: The New York Post | Andrea Peyser