An overwhelming amount of American people believe O.J. Simpson murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman back in 1994, but L.A. County prosecutor Marcia Clark and her co-prosecutor Christopher Darden couldn’t prove as much while up against the Dream Team in court.
Having faced O.J.’s squad of lawyers, which included Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian, Alan Dershowitz, and more, Clark recalled the “Trial of the Century” and all the setbacks she met in accusing the famed athlete of murder. Now 62 years old, she says she felt “physical pain” when The Juice was acquitted.
Sitting down for an episode of NBC’s Dateline, along with Kris Jenner and Simpson’s defense attorney Carl Douglas, Marcia had a lot to say about the ’90s trial that still has us all intrigued.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
She recalled seeing Simpson fans standing at the side of the road cheering during the infamous white Bronco police chase. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is not good. … He has murdered two innocent people, slaughtered them, and you’re cheering his escape?’ It gave me a full view of what we were up against.”
She added: “I had so many days going to the office feeling like, ‘We’re toast; it’s over,’ because I remember watching the jury every single day” and not getting a good feeling from her observations. “Throughout the trial, it felt like one minefield after another. Every day we’d walk into court, and something else was blowing up.”
Clark was referring to a series of setbacks experienced by the prosecution, from the decision to have Simpson try on the leather glove that didn’t fit to former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman’s decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right when asked if he planted evidence after tapes surfaced in which he repeatedly used the n-word. She also noted that her closing argument “wasn’t my best.”
Marcia admits she was tired after the eight-month trial.
“I was tired; I was demoralized,” Clark said of the eight-month trial. “By the time I actually got to talk to the jury, [it felt like] ‘Are you hearing anything? I don’t now.’ It just didn’t feel like anybody cared.”
The not-guilty verdict, she said, was “physically painful. That was not justice.” She ultimately blames herself but said: “The problem was the jury didn’t want to believe, and so at the end of day, you can’t make someone believe something they don’t want to believe.”
Kris Jenner also talked about Nicole’s toxic relationship with O.J.:
For her part, Jenner told Dateline that Brown, who had allegedly been physically abused by Simpson for some time, “couldn’t live with him and she couldn’t live without him,” even though she frequently worried about his fidelity.
Click here for more tidbits from the tragic day that left two innocent people dead in cold blood. One juror even admits that though he didn’t think O.J. was innocent, the prosecution did not fully prove his guilt.
SOURCE: THR | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial
1. O.J. seen talking to his lawyers Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Robert Kardashian during a trial date.Source:Getty 1 of 28
2. The late Robert Kardashian defends his friend O.J. Simpson in court.Source:Getty 2 of 28
3. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.Source:Getty 3 of 28
4. AI Cowlings, the friend who drove O.J. during his infamous Bronco chase.Source:Getty 4 of 28
5. Judge Lance Ito listens to defense motions to exclude Mark Fuhrman's testimony and the prosecutions' response to retain the information 11 September during a court hearing in the O.J. Simpson murder trail.Source:Getty 5 of 28
6. O.J. x Johnnie Cochran.Source:Getty 6 of 28
7. Deputy District Attorney Chris Darden asks Judge Lance Ito in the O.J.Simpson case 13 January to bar the defense from asking Los Angeles Police detective Mark Fuhrman if he ever uttered a racial epithet.Source:Getty 7 of 28
8. Did O.J. do it?Source:Getty 8 of 28
9. The scene around O.J.'s October 3rd trial date.Source:Getty 9 of 28
10. O.J.'s sister spotted near the crime scene.Source:Getty 10 of 28
11. The infamous Bronco chase.Source:Getty 11 of 28
12. The crowd cheers after hearing the verdict on October 3rd, 1995.Source:Getty 12 of 28
13. A much earlier photo of O.J. and his good friend AI Cowlings, circa 1979.Source:Getty 13 of 28
14. O.J. tries on a glove that was used in the murder of his ex-wife.Source:Getty 14 of 28
15. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.Source:Getty 15 of 28
16. Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark is shown during testimony at the preliminary hearings.Source:Getty 16 of 28
17. O.J. Simpson and his kids at Nicole Simpson's funeral.Source:Getty 17 of 28
18. Robert Shapiro reads O.J.'s damning letter to the press.Source:Getty 18 of 28
19. O.J. Simpson with Nicole and the kids during happier times.Source:Getty 19 of 28
20. Johnnie Cochran lays down the law, circa 1995.Source:Getty 20 of 28
21. The Juice at his 1994-1995 murder trial.Source:Getty 21 of 28
22. Robert Kardashian sits through trial.Source:Getty 22 of 28
23. Robert Shapiro x O.J. Simpson.Source:Getty 23 of 28
24. Robert Shapiro in 2015.Source:Getty 24 of 28
25. O.J. Simpson leaving the courthouse after the civil trial that followed his murder trial.Source:Getty 25 of 28
26. O.J. heads to the place he knows best, court.Source:Getty 26 of 28
27. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.Source:Getty 27 of 28
28. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.Source:Getty 28 of 28
Marcia Clark Recalls O.J. Simpson Acquittal: It Was “Physically Painful…” was originally published on globalgrind.com