What did OJ whisper to his lawyer?
I assume that you are all clued-up on O.J. Simpson’s case, which took place in 1995, right? In short, the former NFL star and actor found himself at the centre of a criminal trial at the Los Angeles County Supreme Court. He was tried on two counts of murder for the death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman – who both passed away on June 12th, 1994.
It was, and still remains to be, one of the most heavily publicised criminal trials in American history. Surprisingly to some, O.J. Simpson was acquitted.
O.J.’s high profile team – dubbed the “Dream Team” by reporters – included defence lawyer, Robert Shapiro, whose defendant famously turned to him and whispered something in his ear when the jury announced their “not guilty” verdict. For the last 20 years society have had no clue what Simpson said on that day. However, Shapiro has decided to break his silence in an explicit interview and has finally come clean.
You can find out what he whispered on the next page…
Here’s what OJ said…
The revelation was unveiled in Shapiro’s first full length interview in over two decades. During Megan Kelly’s Fox Broadcasting special, he disclosed that this is what O.J. said:
“You told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right.”
I have to admit that I thought the announcement was going to be a little juicier than that. Don’t all lawyers tell their defendant’s that they will be able to get them off, even if they can’t? Or perhaps that’s just what I always thought. However, this wasn’t the only new piece of information that Shapiro divulged in the interview.
Shapiro made a number of starling announcements. For example, he explained how he thought that it was highly probable that more than one knife was used in the killings and that another person was involved.
Furthermore, the former defence lawyer also admitted that he actually tried on the infamous glove before O.J. did. He said:
“I tried the glove on. It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit long in my fingers.
O.J. Simpson has enormous hands and I knew that the glove would not fit him. No question about it. Wouldn’t even be close.”
If you were able to catch the miniseries based on the case, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – which saw John Travolta transform drastically in a rare TV appearance – you would have noticed that this featured in the programme. However, until now, we were unaware if this actually happened or if it was incorporated into the script to add to the thrill factor. Now we know.
Trying on a glove which could have possibly been used in the murder of another human must have been an unsettling experience. Continue reading on to see what Shapiro had to say about it…
Did Shapiro think OJ was guilty?
Shaprio stated that the thought of putting his hand inside a garment, which could have potentially been worn by a killer, was a rather ominous experience. He went on to divulge:
“As you say it now, it is chilling, but it wasn’t something that I contemplated or thought about at the time.”
Clearly O.J.’s defence lawyer only had his eyes on the prize while the case was going on. The prize in 1995 being; to ensure his defendant didn’t exit the court the same way that he came in – in handcuffs. Evidently, everything worked out that way in the end and the glove helped to prove the retired footballer’s innocence to the jury.
The question is: does Shaprio truly believe that Simpson wasn’t guilty? He revealed:
“There’s moral justice and there’s legal justice. And when that not guilty verdict, uh, was rendered, I felt legal justice was done. As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed it with anyone, including my wife.”
Take from that what you will.