Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the infamous O.J. Simpson police chase in the white Ford Bronco while Simpson threatened suicide following the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. But Simpson's former defense lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, says that it wasn't really a chase.
"A low-speed chase is an oxymoron of the worst kind. There was no chase," Bailey told J.D. Hayworth, John Bachman, and Francesca Page on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
on Tuesday about the events of June 17, 1994.
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"It was discovered that O.J. and Al Cowlings were in Cowlings' white Bronco. Cowlings' driving, O.J. in the back seat with a .357 Magnum, despondent, having just visited his ex-wife's grave," Bailey explained.
"And Cowlings kept telling the cops, 'Keep your distance, or he's likely to use that gun. We are going home to surrender,'" he added.
"And that's where they had always been going, so the cops just kind of tag along," Bailey said. "A fair word would be escort, but chase gives them entirely too much credit."
Bailey said he knew that that case against Simpson had turned in the former football player's favor "when the prosecution rested."
"It was totally out of the gas it needed," he said. "From that point on, they were seeking a mistrial. They did not want this case to go to the jury because they were in such tough shape.
"We were defending a celebrity whose name was important, and in those cases you try to go a step beyond reasonable doubt and establish indicia of innocence," Bailey added. "Had we been given enough time, we would have done exactly that."
Bailey, who recently authored, "Excellence in Cross-Examination,"
said that he was "the one who provoked Christopher Darden into demanding that O.J. try on the glove by telling to him that he was kind of a jerk, and if he didn't have O.J. try the glove on, which wouldn't fit, then I would, and he jumped to the bait."
Bailey said that he knew the glove wouldn't fit Simpson because he had tried it on himself, and it barely fit him.
"I have a perfectly normal size 9 hand, and it was very tight on me," he explained. "O.J.'s hands are like those of the Harlem Globetrotters, that's why he never fumbled a football.
"I knew they wouldn't fit the glove, and I thought, how much better if the prosecution asks him to try it on as opposed to the defense because we were about to do that," Bailey added. "And that's when Darden took the bait."
That decision "was a disaster" for the prosecution, he said, and Darden "recently admitted" that he wished he "hadn't done it."
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