Picks and Pans Review: The Trial of O.j. Simpson: An Insider's View with Dominick Dunne

updated 07/15/1996 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/1996 01:00AM

The Learning Channel (Sun., July 14, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

Can anyone tell us anything about the O.J. Simpson trial we don't already know? In this hour-long interview with novelist Dominick Dunne, who covered the trial for Vanity Fair, he gives it the old college try. Dunne explains why footage of the Bronco chase was never admitted as evidence, why Nicole Brown Simpson's frantic 911 calls failed to sway the jury, and why the sheer volume of the prosecution's forensic evidence against Simpson backfired. The program is enlivened by several poignant touches, such as Dunne's recollection of a Simpson attorney confiding that' he couldn't bear to make eye contact with Ron Goldman's survivors because "that could have been, my family." All in all, this is a thoughtful, intelligent program that never once wavers from its conviction that Simpson should be behind bars.

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