“‘You had told me this would be the result from the beginning,'” Shapiro recalled Simpson told him. According to Shapiro, Simpson added, “‘You were right.'”
Shapiro was part of a “dream team” of lawyers who helped the former football star be acquitted in the deaths of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. But though the so-called “trial of the century” focused on Simpson as the lone suspect, Shapiro said prosecutors should have cast their net wider.
“The prosecution wedded themselves to one knife, one killer theory,” the attorney said. “There is a strong possibility that more than one person was involved.”
Shapiro said he was sure from the beginning his client would go free. Shapiro’s confidence was bolstered after he tried on the bloody glove himself: “It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit wide in my fingers. O.J. Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that glove would not fit him,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro said he instructed Simpson to march up to the jury, “hold up your hand like you’re holding the Olympic torch and pull and tug on that glove, because it will not fit.” He added: “And clearly it didn’t.”
Kelly asked Shapiro whether he truly believed Simpson was innocent.
“As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed it with anyone, including my wife,” Shapiro said.
“If you look at it from a moral point of view a lot of people would say, ‘He absolutely did it.’ I deal in legal justice, as you did as a lawyer,” he told Kelly, a former lawyer.
The legal system isn’t always fair, Shaprio acknowledged.
“Our system of justice is one that’s balanced. We hope and pray that innocent people are never convicted,” he said. “And the price we pay is that sometimes guilty people can and do go free.”
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