Who's Who in Court (and Out)
10/10/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT
(1) Lance Ito, 44, superior court magistrate. The son of Japanese-American schoolteachers who met in a California internment camp during World War II, Ito is a former prosecutor married to police Capt. Margaret York, 53, the highest-ranking woman in the LAPD. In 1992 he sentenced savings-and-loan swindler Charles H. Keating Jr. to 10 years in prison, the maximum, for securities fraud. Two months later he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the L.A. Bar Association.
(2) Gil Garcetti, 53, the L.A. district attorney who handpicked courtroom prosecutors Marcia Clark and William Hodgman. The son of Mexican immigrants, Garcetti was raised in a tough South Central L.A. neighborhood and graduated from UCLA law school. In the mid-1960s he married Sukey Roth, 54, heiress to a local clothing company, and the couple have two grown children. They live in Brentwood, just four blocks from O.J.'s home.
(3) Marcia Clark, 41, the combative deputy DA who has gone toe-to-toe with O.J.'s defense team in pretrial jockeying for position. She grew up moving from city to city as her father, a Food and Drug Administration official, was repeatedly relocated. The twice-divorced Clark has prosecuted 20 murder cases, winning the 1991 conviction of Robert Bardo, stalker and killer of 21-year-old TV actress Rebecca Schaeffer of My Sister Sam. Clark is considered an expert in DNA testing and circumstantial evidence.
(4) William Hodgman, 41, deputy DA, a low-key counterpart to the prickly Clark. Ironically, it was one of O.J.'s defenders, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who brought Hodgman into the DA's office in 1978. In 1989 the two faced off in the trial of Biff rent Strokes star Todd Bridges, who was charged in the shooting of a reputed drug dealer. Bridges was acquitted, but two years later Hodgman won a major conviction in the Charles Keating Jr. case before Judge Ito.
(5) Lisa Kahn, 36, deputy DA in charge of DNA fingerprinting (see story, page 61). She has argued on the admissibility of DNA evidence more than any prosecutor in California and frequently conducts seminars for prosecutors on the uses and limitations of DNA testing.
(6) Robert Shapiro, 52, lead lawyer in Simpson's defense team. An A-list celebrity attorney, Shapiro is known as a skilled negotiator who often tries to avoid trial by skillful plea-bargaining. Past clients include Johnny Carson (who pleaded no contest to drunk driving in 1982), Christian Brando (serving a negotiated 10-year prison term for killing his half sister's boyfriend in 1990) and baseball star Darryl Strawberry (arrested but never charged with hitting his girlfriend last year). A 1968 graduate of L.A.'s Loyola Law School, he met his wife, former model Linell Thomas, at a nightclub the following year. They have two children, Grant, 10, and Brent, 14.
(7) Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., 57, magnetic civil rights and celebrity lawyer. He has been Shapiro's second banana on Team O.J. A longtime friend of Simpson's, he helped clear another football legend and actor, Jim Brown, of rape charges in 1985. More recently, Cochran helped hammer out Michael Jackson's $15 to $20 million settlement with the family of a 13-year-old boy who accused Jackson of molesting him.
(8) Gerald Uelmen, 54 this week, defense attorney whose hearing aid, white hair and professorial demeanor make him a perfect foil for the slick, acerbic Shapiro. A mob-busting prosecutor in the late 1960s and a law-school dean from 1986 until recently, Uelmen helped defend Daniel Ellsberg in the 1972 Pentagon Papers case, and teamed with Shapiro on behalf of Christian Brando.
(9) F. Lee Bailey, 61, behind-the-scenes adviser. He catapulted to fame in the 1960s when he helped reverse the conviction of accused wife-killer Dr. Sam Sheppard, whose case was the inspiration for The Fugitive. Bailey also represented Albert DeSalvo, the notorious Boston Strangler, in the '60s and hostage-cum-bank robber Patty Hearst in 1976. In 1982, Bailey hired Shapiro to defend him against a drunk-driving charge. He was acquitted.
(10) Barry Scheck, 44, New York City attorney who is a leading expert in the use of DNA fingerprinting. In past trials, Scheck has successfully challenged the technique, which can determine likely innocence but can only establish a probability of guilt.
(11) Alan Dershowitz, 56, Harvard Law School professor and self-made celebrity who is advising Shapiro. Dershowitz is best known for handling appeals. As set forth in his book and film, Reversal of Fortune, Dershowitz won an appeal for Claus von Bulow, who was then acquitted at a second trial. He also succeeded in reducing Jim Bakker's federal sentence in 1991. One year later he tried, but failed, to keep Leona Helmsley out of prison on tax charges. He also worked on Mike Tyson's appeal of rape in Indiana.
(12) Mark Fuhrman, 42, LAPD detective who discovered a drop of blood on O.J.'s Bronco and a bloody glove outside his guest house. The twice-divorced ex-Marine finished second in his class at the L.A. Police Academy in 1975. Seizing on an antiblack reference he made while suing for a stress-related discharge and pension in 1983, Simpson's defense team contends that Fuhrman, motivated by racism, planted the glove. But Ito has denied motions to exclude the glove from evidence.
(13) Philip Vannatter, 53, burly, raspy-voiced detective whose physical strength is legendary among LAPD colleagues. A 25-year police veteran, Vannatter—"Dutch" to his friends—denied wrongdoing when Shapiro accused police of illegally searching O.J.'s home and falsifying reports. Thus far, the judge has essentially backed up the law officers.
(14) Tom Lange, 49, Vannatter's partner. A member of the LAPD since 1967, he has spent 16 years in robbery-homicide. In pretrial hearings he was at times resolutely uninformative, even in response to Shapiro's most innocuous questions.
The Simpson Family
(15) Eunice Simpson, 71, O.J.'s strong-willed mother, a retired hospital orderly. Her husband, Jimmy Lee, who died in 1986, left home when O.J. was 4. Ruling with iron discipline, she supported her four children—O.J., Melvin, Carmelita and Shirley—alone. In her first public statement after the murders, an interview last month with Connie Chung, Mrs. Simpson, who has heart problems, said she thought the media had already convicted O.J. and that it would take "a miracle" for him to be acquitted.
(16) Arnelle Simpson, 25, O.J.'s daughter by his first wife, Marquerite Whitley. The only family member to testify so far, she has lived for more than a year in a guest room at O.J.'s estate and was there when an LAPD detective scaled the wall of his home on the morning after the murders. Arnelle said at a pretrial hearing that she never gave the officers permission to search the premises or remove any items, a statement used by the defense team to argue for the exclusion of evidence taken without a search warrant.
(17) Jason Simpson, 24, Arnelle's brother. He had a memorable cameo role in the white Bronco saga. As O.J. and his friend Al Cowlings pulled into the Simpsons' driveway at the end of the chase, Jason bounded up to the car and was roughly pushed away by Cowlings. A cook by trade, Jason has had his own brushes with the law: four years' probation for drunk driving in 1990 and two years' probation plus community service for attacking his boss at L.A.'s Revival Cafe restaurant in 1992.
(18) Sydney Brooke Simpson, 8, and, (19) Justin Ryan Simpson, 6, the children of O.J. and Nicole. They are now in the legal custody of Nicole's parents until O.J.'s fate is decided. The kids know their mother has died and "gone to heaven," according to a family friend, but not that their father is in jail. On June 12, O.J. and Nicole attended Sydney's western dance recital at Paul Revere Middle School. Later, the children were sleeping in their mother's condo when Nicole and Ron Goldman were murdered.
The close-knit Brown family is torn between grief, wavering hope that O.J. is innocent and anger over tabloid stories claiming Nicole used drugs and participated in sex orgies. Last month, Nicole's parents, (20) Louis H. Brown, 71, a semiretired real estate broker, and German-born (21) Juditha Brown, 63, a travel agent, appeared with surviving daughters (22) Dominique, 29, a sales assistant at a brokerage firm, (23) Denise, 37, a former model, and (24) Tanya, 24, a college student, on ABC's Primetime Live. The family discussed Nicole's tempestuous relationship with a possessive O.J., expressed shock at Nicole's 911 call, refuted rumors that she had dated Brian "Kato" Kaelin and described O.J.'s cold shoulder at Sydney's dance recital on the day of the murders.
(25) Frederic Goldman (middle), 53, a businessman, and Ron's mother, Sharon Rufo, 49, a medical secretary, divorced in 1974, but Frederic retained custody of Ron and their daughter Kim (left), now 22. (Kim says Rufo rejected all attempts by her and Ron to keep in touch.) In 1987, Fred Goldman married Patricia "Patti" Glass (right), 46, a divorcée with three children of her own—Michael, Lauren and Brian. The families merged happily in upscale Agoura Hills, 25 miles from L.A. After the murders the Goldmans kept a low profile, refusing to speak to the press until a Sept. 16 interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20. While reserving judgment on O.J., the family disputed rumors that Ron lived in the fast lane, that he was gay and that he was Nicole's lover.
Players Big and Small
(26) Michael Baden, 60, veteran forensic pathologist hired by Simpson's lawyers to critique the autopsies of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Chief medical examiner in New York City from 1978 to 1979, Baden has reexamined forensic evidence in the murders of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
(27) Paula Barbieri, 27, model for Vogue and Victoria's Secret who may—or may not—be O.J.'s current flame. Earlier this year, Barbieri's white Ford Bronco, a gift from Simpson, was stolen. Police recovered the car and a notebook reportedly containing a log of Nicole's daily routine. Besides visiting O.J., Barbieri is currently on display in a Playboy photo spread. She has also recently completed a film, The Dangerous, in which she plays a battered mistress. Rumors have followed Barbieri: Tabs say she spent some time with pop star Michael Bolton on the night of the murders and that she now resides in O.J.'s Brentwood house.
(28) Sukru Boztepe, 28, and (29) Bettina Rasmussen, 25, husband and wife, who discovered the bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
(30) Bill Chang, 21, manager of Ben & Jerry's in Brentwood, where Nicole visited with her children on the night she was killed. He became a fleeting celebrity in August when he told police Nicole had been accompanied by an unidentified man. Later he determined that the man was probably another customer and not with Nicole.
(31) Jose Comacho, 41, former salesman at Ross Cutlery in downtown Los Angeles. He sold O.J. a 15-inch stiletto for $81.17 five weeks before the murders. For a larger sum—$12,500—Comacho and one of his bosses sold their story to the National Enquirer.
(32) Al Cowlings, 47, O.J.'s lifelong friend and chauffeur on the white Bronco ride. The 6'5" Cowlings grew up with Simpson in the gritty Potrero Hill section of San Francisco. The two played ball together at Galileo High School, San Francisco City College and USC, and for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. He has since worked as a bartender and bit-part actor and as O.J.'s unofficial bodyguard. The L.A. County grand jury is deciding whether to indict Cowlings for his part in the June 17 slow-speed chase; it remains unclear whether he will testify for either the defense or the prosecution at O.J.'s trial.
(33) Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, 40, jury consultant for the defense. Her major credits include the McMartin PreSchool child molestation case in L.A.—her efforts helped in the acquittal of both defendants—and both the state and federal trials of the four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. By means of questionnaires, researching the background of prospective jurors and studying them in court, Dimitrius helps the defense obtain the jury that seems most likely to favor its case.
(34) John Dunton, 32, a convicted forger who claimed an unnamed private investigator witnessed the murders. Later, without apparent prompting, private eye Anthony Pellicano denied he was involved. Claiming he fears for his life, Dunton refused to testify before a grand jury investigating Al Cowlings' role in O.J.'s June 17 Bronco ride. Dunton has been jailed for contempt of court since Sept. 6.
(35) Susan Forward, 66, Nicole's psychotherapist and author of the best-selling Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them. Her claim that Nicole told her she had been stalked and battered by O.J. drew accusations from other therapists that she had breached doctor-patient confidentiality.
(36) Irwin Golden, 54, deputy L.A. medical examiner. He has conducted some 5,000 autopsies, including those on Jose and Kitty Menendez. Shapiro humiliated him at a preliminary hearing when Golden admitted that he had discarded the contents of Nicole's stomach—which could have helped fix a precise time of death—and that he failed to match the fatal wounds with a potential murder weapon.
(37) Brian "Kato" Kaelin, 35, the aspiring actor who lived in the guest house on O.J.'s estate. On the night of the murders, he was investigating a suspicious thumping sound when limo driver Allan William Park arrived to take Simpson to the airport. An affable ladies' man, active on the Hollywood party circuit, Kato has become a minor celebrity because of the O.J. case. He is mulling film offers and recently guest-hosted the cable TV show Talk Soup.
(38) Robert Kardashian, 50, O.J.'s devoted friend for a quarter century. Kardashian read Simpson's eerie, rambling farewell note to millions of rapt TV viewers and, by cellular phone, tried to calm O.J. during the white Bronco chase. It was after a meeting on June 17 at Kardashian's Encino home that O.J. took off with Al Cowlings on their celebrated freeway ride.
(39) Henry C. Lee, 55, a world-renowned forensic scientist who specializes in crime-scene reconstruction. The former Taiwan police captain was retained by the defense to evaluate physical evidence. He has investigated more than 5,000 homicides and testifies at some 50 trials a year. Lee worked for the defense in the William Kennedy Smith rape case.
(40) Gregory Matheson, 39, blood analyst at the LAPD crime lab. His July 7 testimony linking O.J.'s blood characteristics to the crime scene was instrumental in bringing Simpson to trial.
(41) Allan William Park, 24, a chauffeur for Town & Country Limo who drove O.J. to the airport on the night of June 12. While parked outside Simpson's estate around 11 p.m., he testified, he saw a 6', 200-lb. black person enter the house—testimony that could suggest Simpson, contrary to his alibi, wasn't home when the murders occurred.
(42) Mark Partridge, 39, Chicago attorney who made polite chitchat with a visibly upset O.J. on Simpson's plane flight to L.A. the morning after the murders. Partridge may testify for the defense about the substance of numerous phone calls O.J. made en route.
(43) Jennifer Peace (stage name: Devon Shire), 23, porn-film actress and former companion of Al Cowlings. Last month she reportedly divulged to a grand jury some secrets she claimed Cowlings told her: that the gloves found at Simpson's home and the murder scene were his, not O.J.'s; that Simpson had instructed him to hide a bloody knife; that he and O.J. were planning to flee to Mexico. Lawyers for Simpson and Cowlings have dismissed her story.
(44) Cathy Randa, 47, O.J.'s administrative assistant for 20 years. She became involved in a minor cause célèbre when it was disclosed that while police were trying to obtain a warrant to search O.J.'s office, she shredded documents spotted by a detective in the course of the investigation of Cowlings. According to Shapiro, the papers were pamphlets on domestic violence Simpson received after his 1989 no-contest plea to spousal battery.
(45) Steven Schwab, 37, a screenwriter and a Brentwood neighbor of Nicole's who found her bloodied, agitated Akita, Kato, roaming the streets just before 11 p.m. following the killings.
(46) Jill Shively, 32, a sales rep who said she saw O.J. run a red light in his Bronco around 10:50 p.m. on the night of the murders. She could be discredited for selling her story for $5,000.
(47) Allen Wattenberg, 54, co-owner of Ross Cutlery, who sharpened O.J.'s stiletto. He split the Enquirer fee with Jose Comacho and Richard Wattenberg, 55, his brother and partner.
(48) Keith Zlomsowitch, 33, sometime restaurant manager whose 1992 dalliance with Nicole enraged O.J. Zlomsowitch claims the hysterically jealous Simpson hounded the pair, making several public scenes and even watching through a window of Nicole's condo while they had sex.
The Private Eyes
(49) John McNally, 60, soft-spoken, meticulous investigator from West Palm Beach, Fla., is reconstructing a time line of events for the defense. A retired New York City police detective, he made headlines 30 years ago for capturing jewel thief Jack "Murph the Surf Murphy.
(50) Patrick McKenna, 45, McNally's close friend and West Palm Beach colleague. They worked together for the defense in the William Kennedy Smith case. He has worked as a probation officer in Chicago and as a public defender in Florida.
(51) Anthony Pellicano, 50, a private detective who has worked for Michael Jackson, Roseanne, Kevin Costner, Ed McMahon and Sylvester Stallone. He is currently assisting lawyers for Det. Mark Fuhrman in the O.J. case and denies a charge that he witnessed the murder.
(52) Jim Moret, 37, CNN anchor for the O.J. hearings. Moret is the son of actor James Darren but took his stepfather's name after his mother divorced Darren and remarried. A former entertainment lawyer, he joined CNN in 1992 as a correspondent for the live daily program Showbiz Today.
(53) Greta Van Susteren, 40, CNN legal analyst, an adjunct law professor at her alma mater, Georgetown University, and a partner in private practice with her husband, John Coale. A seasoned courtroom lawyer, she broke into TV in 1990 as a commentator on the Marion Barry trial for CBS's Washington affiliate. In 1991 she was asked by CNN to do the same during the William Kennedy Smith trial and has worked with the network ever since.
(54) Gregg Jarrett, 39, Court TV anchor for the trial. A former San Francisco trial attorney, Jarrett turned to television in 1985, anchoring the news for ABC and NBC affiliates in Maryland, North Carolina and Kansas. He joined Court TV when it first went on the air in July 1991.
(55) Dan Abrams, 28, Columbia Law School graduate and Court TV commentator. A former law clerk—he has never practiced law—Abrams covered the legal challenge to the U.S. policy on gays in the military and (this year) the trial of suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian.