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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 5, 1995
Simpson angry with prosecutors, pundits
Jurors discuss trial experiences, evidence presented '

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Speaking
out for the first time since his acquittal,
O.J. Simpson assailed prosecutors and
legal commentators yesterday for dis-
torting the trial evidence to make him
look bad.
"My basic anger is these misconcep-
tions," Simpson said in a phone call to
CNN's "Larry King Live."

Simpson also was asked by King
about Simpson's reunion with his two
small children.
"It's been great," Simpson said, with-
out elaboration.
Simpson's surprise phone call came
during King's interview with lead de-
fense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.
Simpson called to respond to a woman

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who called in asking about prosecution
claims that a shadowy figure seen mov-
ing across the driveway of Simpson's
house was Simpson returning from an
attempt to hide a bloody glove.
Simpson said testimony from limou-
sine driver Allan Park never proved
that - and showed only that there was
a person near the front door.
"It was me, walking from my front
door, dropping my bags," he said.
Simpson said prosecutors and legal
commentators constantly misconstrued
the evidence.
"My basic anger is people I've heard
say, 'I followed the case.' I've heard
experts say, 'This was the testimony
today,' and that wasn't the testimony
today," Simpson said.
"Fortunately for me, thejury listened
to what the witnesses said and not what
Marcia Clark's or (Christopher)
Darden's or anyone else's renditions of
what was said," Simpson said.
Simpson said he went back to his cell
many times and asked of the commen-
tators; "Were they in the same court-
room that we were in today? Did they
hear the testimony today?"
Simpson appeared eager to cut short
the phone interview, saying, "I gotta
go. I gotta go."
Simpson was reunitedwith his young
children for the first time yesterday
since June of 1994 when he was ar-
restedon charges ofkilling their mother.
Simpson declined to disclose details of
the meeting. It was unknown where the
meeting took place or whether he slipped
past reporters. Simpson never saw chil-
dren Sydney, 9, and Justin, 7, while he
was in jail, though he did meet with his
two adult children by his first wife.
Simpson friend Robert Kardashian
was reportedlybehinda$Imillionphoto
package offer to the supermarket tab-
loids that promised exclusive photos of
Simpson's post-trial homecoming and
the reunion with his children.
An unidentified Simpson represen-
tative contacted the Globe, National
Enquirer and Star to offer the package,
said a source at one of the publications
who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source said the Star bought the
rights, but it wasn't known how much
the tabloid paid for them. Star officials

FBI scouring for records on Unabomber
CHICAGO - FBI agents searching for the Unabomber are scrutinizing records
of a handful of students at three suburban schools in the 1970s, the Chicago
Tribune reported yesterday.
FBI spokesman Bob Long would not confirm or deny the report, noting that
agents have interviewed academicians and are looking in the suburbs, the city and
other cities as well.
"There is probably no group we haven't talked to - plumbers, lawyers;
machinists," he said yesterday. "Salt Lake City, New Haven, San Francisco are all
looking too."
The FBI blames the Unabomberfor three deaths and 23 injuries in16package-bomb
attacks since 1978, starting in the Chicago area. The FBI believes the Unabomber, s6
named because his first targets were connected with universities or airlines, may have
attended high school in the north suburban Niles Township district in the 1970s.
With the help of veteran teachers, agents developed and whittled a list of
potential suspects who stood out as disgruntled, antisocial or eccentric, the
Tribune reported, citing unidentified school district sources.
Agents subpoenaed the transcripts of fewer than 10 former students from three
Skokie high schools last month, re-interviewed teachers and photocopied yea-
books from 1972-79, the newspaper said.

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O.J. Simpson trial juror Brenda Moran
and her lawyer, Robert M. Bail, address
200 members of the press yesterday at
the parking lot of Ball's office.
declined to comment.
Meanwhile, ajuror said one cop lied,
another was a racist, the gloves didn't
fit on Simpson's hands and one was
planted on the grounds of his estate -
so Simpson had to be acquitted.
Juror Brenda Moran, a black com-
puter technician from South Central
Los Angeles, said aglove found behind
Simpson's mansion was key to her de-
cision to acquit Simpson of killing ex-
wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her
friend Ronald Goldman.
"Somebody planted it," Moran said,
signaling she agreed with the defense
contention that Simpson was framed by
rogue cops.
The juror discussed the case with
more than 100 reporters, who were as-
sembled on the roof of a Beverly Hills
parking garage because there wasn't
enough room inside the offices of
Moran's attorney.
Another black juror, Gina
Rosborough said a straw poll taken less
than an hour into deliberations was 10-
2 in favor of acquittal. One of those
voting guilty was black or Hispanic and
one was white, she said. The next vote
was unanimous.
Rosborough said on "Oprah" that ju-
rors had "a lot of reasonable doubt from
the beginning" about the prosecution's
evidence, including the blood.
"Ifhecommitted such abloody crime,
then there should have been more blood
in that Bronco than this just little speck
that we saw," she said.
At Simpson's estate, more than 100
reporters gathered outside the wall that
Detective Mark Fuhrman scaled the
morning after the murders.
Simpson was nowhere to be seen. A
rumored news conference never mate-
rialized. Simpson's business attorney,
LeRoy Taft, emerged from the mansion
after a four-hour visit and delivered a
brief report to those waiting.
"He's doing fine," Taft said. "You'll
hear from him when he's ready."
Simpson representatives have sug-
gestedifhe speaks at all it will be onapay-
per-view TV special, similar to those
staged for boxing matches. The event
could net Simpson millions of dollars.
Summations ended a week ago, but
attorneys kept arguing -this time with
each other. F. Lee Bailey responded to
an interview in which Robert Shapiro
attacked Johnnie Cochran-Jr. for play-
ing up race and vowed never to speak to
Bailey again. Bailey called Shapiro a
"sick little puppy.'
In Lake Forest, Ms. Simpson's grave
became a sort of memorial to battered
women, with a quiet succession ofwell-
wishers, most women, filing past to
leave flowers and notes.
"I have a sister who is in a relation-
ship thatis rocky at times," said Leanne
Carlton, 26, who visited the site 50
miles south of Los Angeles. "I can
relate to what the Browns are going
Only Camp O.J. was quiet. At the
courthouse, the 12th-floor press room
was empty. No court was in session in
Department 103. The pool camera was
Prosecutor William Hodgman told
reporters in a series of interviews yes-
terday that he felt Simpson was proved
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
He also said the prosecution would
handle the glove demonstration differ-
ently if it were theirs to do over again
and if they had known about racist
recordings made by Fuhrman, they
would have questioned him about them.


Groups stall lobbyin
against Medicare bl
WASH INGTON - At a private
meeting recently with groups affected
by Medicare, White House chief of
staffLeon Panetta said President Clinton
would veto Republican legislation to
force $270 billion in savings. Then he
asked for help in rallying opposition.
But after months of working with
Republicans to maximize concessions
and soften objectionable aspects of the
bill, representatives of hospital groups
and senior citizens declined.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich has
been responsive to their concerns, they
said. According to one participant, who
asked not to be identified by name,
Panetta was told the GOP message has
been: "If you want the small things
fixed, you can't complain about the big
As the exchange underscores,
Gingrich and the Republicans have
maneuvered skillfully in their drive to
overhaul Medicare. Thus far, at least,
they've avoided an open rebellion from
either the American Association of


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Cult leader reportedly
confesses to attac
TOKYO-The cult guru charged with
murder in a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's
subways has confessed to that and other
killings, reports said yesterday. His cult
said the confession was forced.
The cult - Aum Shinri Kyo, or Su-
preme Truth - and some reports also
said the confession was not strong
enough to be admissible as evidence.
Police would not comment.
Cult leader Shoko Asahara has been
charged with masterminding the March
20 subway attack that killed 12 and
sickened 5,500. Police believe cult
members carried out the attack to fulfill
Asahara's predictions of doom.
Asahara has previously denied in-
volvement in the gassing.
He is also charged in a nerve gas attack
in central Japan last year that killed seven
people; with directingthe 1989 murderof
an anti-cult lawyer and his family; and
with involvement in the murder in Febru-
ary ofaman who was helping his younger
sister try to leave the cult.
"In each case, I gave the order and
group leaders carried it out," Japan's
public television network, NHK, quoted
Asahara as telling investigators in a
written confession.
But the cult almost immediately
drafted a statement quoting Asahara's
lawyer as saying the confession had

been forced and would beinadmissible.
A white-robed follower appeared
outside the cult's headquarters late last
night, handing out photocopies of the
unsigned statement.
The Tokyo Broadcasting System
quoted Asahara as saying, "I submit my
unconditional surrender" but also said
his confession didn't appear concrete
enough to be used.
Russian PM not to
run for president
MOSCOW-Prime Minister Viktor
Chernomyrdin, considered a top con-
tender for the Russian presidency, said
yesterday that he will not run in 1996.
"I did not plan and do not planto offer
myself as a candidate for the presiden-
tial elections next year," he told report-
ers before flying to Canada, the ITAR-
Tass news agency reported.
Chernomyrdin, leader of the new
party Our Home is Russia, is one of
Russia's most popular politicians and
has lately emerged as a potential rival to
President Boris Yeltsin.
His unexpected declaration may have
been prompted by a recent spate of
rumors that Yeltsin was going to fire
Yeltsin has not said whether he will
run for a second term but most observ-
ers expect him to.
-From Daily wire services

Retired Persons, whose 33 million mena-
bers would find premiums rising; or
from the doctors and hospitals whose
income would be squeezed by a stag-
gering $110 billion or more.
This week, the American Medical
Association did raise questions about
the plan after initially responding fa-
vorably to it.
Coalition: Tobacco
ads still target teens~
Tobacco Co. continues to market ciga-
rettes to youngsters while fighting the
government's efforts to educate children
against the dangers of smoking, an anti-
smoking coalition charged yesterday.
"The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Com-
pany has the gall to blame the problem
of youth smoking on everyone but it-
self," the Coalition on Smoking or
Health said in a letter to newspaper
editors released yesterday.
The accusation came as The Was&-
ington Post reported that a company
official recommended in a 1973 memo
that RJR create cigarette brands tar-
geted at the youth market.

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