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I took those synonyms for ethical directly from dictionary.com which reinforced my understanding of the word. Technically those qualities can't be measured so he gets away with it. I think I know crap when I see it though and his pleading with the jury to compare Hitler with the prosecution was it. He put race and racism on trial with that jury, not OJ Simpson. Success in this case does not equal ethics or justice and concluding that he did his job does not make it ok with me. A cold blooded murderer walked.
A cold blooded murderer walked due to the incompetence of the district attorney and their inability to control the tempo and tone of the trial. Johnny Cochran did what he was supposed to do, plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the jury. There are no rules for that, he did what he did for his client. You can argue ethics, morals or anything else..
A lawyer has to provide a "vigorous" defense, even moreso in cases of capitol murder..
This stuff is attempted all of the time, most of which we do not know about, unfortunately Simpson made news for quite a while and became imprinted in our brains.
Cochran turned the trial into a pig circus.. completely confused the issues, and Clark, et al were not able to refocus the trial and lost control of the case. There was a mountain of evidence, and they sucked pure and simple.
I think the result might have been different if any competent prosecutor had prosecuted this case. In thirty five years of practicing law, I never encountered two more incompetent bunglers than Clark and Darden. They blew the case at every stage. From jury selection to theory of the case, the length of the presentation, to their unprofessional demeanor in court.
Do you know that Marsha Clark has admitted that she whispered to a lawyer in the case as he was about to make a legal argument: "I want you to remember I'm not wearing any underwear."
And that was one of her better moments.
The amazing thing is that she benefited and profited enormously from her incompetence because people believed she was on the right side. I believe that had she been in private practice, she would have moved mountains to try to defend Simpson, though I'm sure she'll now deny that, because no one would ever hire her to defend him. That's the way she is, that's why she does television.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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