He lost the case, but the verdict against Pratt was reversed nearly 30 years later. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. Simpson said he last saw Cochran at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game a few months ago and found the flamboyant lawyer to be in good spirits. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who became a legal superstar after helping clear O.J. Father guilty of killing 9 of his children, Security alert issued for 40 million credit cards. Cochran's flamboyancy inspired parodies -- among them the Jackie Chiles character on "Seinfeld," who unsuccessfully defended the show's gang in the series finale, and sketches on "Saturday Night Live. He negotiated a 1993 settlement in a civil lawsuit against pop star Michael Jackson that accused him of child molestation -- a case that has resurfaced in Jackson's current criminal trial on other child molestation charges. During Simpson's 1995 trial, Cochran famously quipped, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," in reminding jurors during his summation that the former star football running back couldn't fit his hands inside a bloody glove found at the scene of the killings. ET) at his home in Los Angeles. Not only was he one of the world’s greatest lawyers…he was such a man of integrity and loyalty, he’s going to be truly missed.”.
It was Cochran who famously told the jury after Simpson tried on a bloody glove allegedly worn by the killer, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”.
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And although his 1972 defense of former Black Panther Party member Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt for murder charges wound up in defeat, Cochran's perseverance eventually led to the reversal of that conviction -- and his client's release -- 25 years later. Johnnie L. Cochran, whose legal career representing both victims of police abuse and celebrities in peril converged under the media glare when he … CNN's Dree DeClamecy, Stan Wilson and Eric Philips contributed to this story.
"It was the Simpson case that put me squarely in a position to make a difference. "He was a fine attorney before that trial and a fine attorney after it and even if he had never been involved in the Simpson case he would have gone down as one of the more prominent attorneys of his era.". He was a great guy.". Simpson, died Tuesday afternoon after suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, his family said.
Cochran argued that the city's police department was guilty of discrimination for failing to protect the neighborhood where Denny was assaulted. His fight for justice transcended color, age or economic status. //-->. Cochran gained early attention as an advocate for victims of police abuse. And that was precisely the reason I became an attorney," he wrote. The Associated Press contributed to this report. We’re all going to miss him.”. Cochran also worked on the case of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant brutalized by New York City police, and helped win him an $8.75 million settlement. His family was by his side and he had been in a hospice, Epps said. "He was an inspiration to many, many young lawyers," said Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, a colleague on the Simpson case. In addition to Simpson, Cochran’s celebrity clients have included Michael Jackson and Sean “P.