If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/5/16

Apr 05, 2016 Posted by in External Contributions | Comments

Tonight, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story comes to an end as the verdict is announced. Last week it was all about those racist audio tapes. A failed screenwriter had interviewed Mark Fuhrman for 13 hours about his police work, and in these tapes Fuhrman repeatedly drops the n-word while spewing every kind of racist remark and admitting to planting evidence to help incriminate non-white folks. Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey were desperate to get them into evidence so that the jury could hear them, and they used all kinds of questionable tactics to get a judge to approve this. They also took it to the streets to get the public to demand to hear the tapes. However, since the tapes included Fuhrman making derogatory remarks about Judge Ito’s wife, this put the whole case into question – should Ito recuse himself, or should there be a mistrial? (The prosecution really should have jumped at the chance of a mistrial, but I think at this point no one really liked the idea of starting all over again!) Ito ruled that only a tiny portion of the tapes could be played for the jury – the part that proved that Fuhrman had purgered himself on the stand when he said he didn’t use the n-word. And when Fuhrman took the stand, he just pleaded the fifth repeatedly, which didn’t do any wonders for the prosecution’s case

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