How Wrong Ito Was — 20 Years Ago

Continuing my campaign to post my daily People vs. OJ Simpson haiku on the correct anniversary date, here’s what I wrote on July 25, 1994:

Lance Ito was picked.

For trial of the century.

“Press will lose interest.”

7/25/94

(Explainer: Simpson trial judge, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, was convinced media interest in the case would wane as the case proceeded.)

People vs. OJS Resumed

Last month I started posting haiku I wrote during the 1994-95 Simpson criminal court case, intending them as a 20-year reprise of some of the daily events of that phenomenon that held so much of the public in its thrall for well over a year. A couple of postings into that process, I realized I was a month ahead of the actual 20-year anniversaries. So I stopped, intending to resume this month so the poems would be 20 years to the day from when I wrote them. This morning, I decided to start over — I had posted just a few. So here goes:

By the time the O.J. Simpson case got to the Los Angeles Superior Court after some municipal court appearances and preliminary hearing, it had become clear the the trial was going to be a media-obsessed affair.  So for whatever reason, I began to write haiku reflecting an aspect of the proceedings or something that happened behind the scenes. The first was on July 22 when Simpson was asked how he pled to the charges that had been filed against him.

This is that first haiku.

The defendant pleads,

Declaring he’s not guilty.

“100 percent.”

(Explainer: When asked at his arraignment how he pleads,  O. J. Simpson says “100% not guilty.”)

July 23 and 24 were weekend days in 1994, so the next haiku I wrote was on July 25. I’ll post that on on Friday of this week.

 

Haiku Hiatus

Since I was a month off on posting the daily haiku I wrote during the ’95 Simpson murder trial, I’m going to hold off posting any more until the calendar catches up.

Meanwhile, happy June 29th!

Today’s 20-year-old People vs. Simpson Haiku

Lawyers face the bench.

All eyes are on the doorway.

Black robe rustling.

July 26 People vs. O.J. Simpson haiku

Here’s the haiku I wrote 20 years ago today during the Simpson trial:

The world wants to watch

Gavel-to-gavel coverage.

Court TV is here.

 

How Wrong He Was!

People vs. Simpson haiku of 20 years ago today:

Lance Ito was picked.

For trial of the century.

“Press will lose interest.”

7/25/94

(Explainer: Trial judge, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, was convinced media interest in the case would wane as the case proceeds.)

The People vs. O.J. Simpson in Haiku

By the time the O.J. Simpson case got to the Los Angeles Superior Court after some municipal court appearances and preliminary hearing, it had become clear the the trial was going to be a media-obsessed affair.  So for whatever reason, I began to write haiku reflecting an aspect of the proceedings or something that happened behind the scenes. The firs was on July 22 when Simpson was asked how he pleaded to the charges that had been filed against him.

Although I’m a couple of days late in posting it today (I just returned from a trip), Below is that first haiku. I plan to post other haiku on the 20th anniversary of the days on which I wrote them:

The defendant pleads,

Declaring he’s not guilty.

“100 percent.”

(Explainer: When asked at his arraignment how he pleads,  O. J. Simpson says “100% not guilty.”)