Haiku Hiatus, But Simpson’s Still Here

No haiku for a few days. Apparently court was in recess, possibly for spring break.

Simpson Google News Alert emails continue to pop up my inbox, though. Most of them these days have to do with Simpson’s health, ongoing speculation about his paternity of one of the Kardashians (sorry not to be up on that clan), and the pending TV series based on a book CNN commentator and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin wrote about the trial. Hearsay, hearsay, hearsay! (I still say they really missed out on what really went on behind the scenes by not basing the series on MY book.)

When “The Tonight Show” Went Private

“Tonight Show” request.

Can jurors watch a taping?

Leno saves the day.

3/23/95

Jay Leno responded to Ito’s request to have jurors attend a taping of his Tonight Show by offering to present a special performance of the show w/o cameras for the jurors to ensure they aren’t accidentally shown on camera.

Leno might have had his flaws, but he was one of the really good guys in my book. Not only did he offer to put on a private show — complete w/several of his band members — for the jury when it became apparent they couldn’t be in the audience when his regular show was taped, I was put through directly to him — instead of having to talk to his ‘people’ — to discuss his offer, and he, personally — not one of his ‘people’ — called me back to confirm the arrangements. His only condition was he wanted no publicity about it. While so many — particularly celebs — were hell bent on being seen and capitalizing on the Simpson trial, Leno just wanted to do a good deed on the quiet. An example of his sense of security in himself, IMO.

Kato the ‘House Guest’ Not the Dog

A D.A. witness

Talks a lot, but says nothing.

What does Kato know?

3/21/95

And who among those who followed the Simpson murder trial, could forget Simpson (loosely labeled) house guest, Kato Kaelin? Or figure out what he was all about? Or get over the unbelievable coincidence that Kato was also the name of Simpson’s murdered ex-wife, Nicole Brown’s, dog? Or was that a coincidence?

Although Kaelin’s fame, such as it was, persists, the one mention in Anatomy had to do with cameras in the courtroom.

“Whether cameras substantially affect trial participants’ behavior remains open to debate. … at least one witness, Kato Kaelin, appeared to treat his turn on the witness stand like an audition,” I wrote.

Durst the Next OJS? I Don’t Think So

The media salivate at the thought of another O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Ad at least one in their ranks thinks he smells it. The People vs. Robert Durst.

Say, who?

Here are elements that might make that so:

Both suspects — male.

Both suspects — rich.

Here are dissimilar elements:

Simpson was a household name in several forums —

  1. Sports (football star in both college and the pros, television commentator).
  2. Movies/TV (Roots, The Klansman, The Towering Inferno, The Cassandra Crossing, Capricorn OneBack to the Beach, The Naked Gun trilogy, Goldie and the BoxerMelissa Michaelsen and Cocaine and Blue Eyes.)
  3. Advertising (pitchman for Hertz rental car company, Pioneer Chicken and HoneyBaked Ham, and appeared in commercials for several other products/companies.)
  4. Lived among and rubbed elbows with the “beautiful” people.

Durst is —

  1. um …

Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry, in his “With Robert Durst, the Media Gets Its 21st-Century O.J.” column last week, touts Durst as the next O.J. in the world of high-profile trials.

That Lowry would equate Simpson and Durst because the “cases each became entrenched in the public consciousness via jaw-dropping televised moments — the slow-speed White Bronco chase and Durst’s open-mic monologue that, whether or not it’s used in a courtroom, certainly sounded like an admission of guilt” is ludicrous and shows Lowry to be a major media-bubble dweller.

True, the Durst open-mic moment made headlines for a minute, but that in no way compares to the “Bronco chase.”

That “chase” was followed for nearly two hours on live TV by all three major networks and an estimated 95  million viewers. The “chase,” which topped about 35 mph, escorted by a phalanx of police and highway patrol cars, shut down dozens of freeway on- and off-ramps and cheered by multitudes of cheering onlookers lining freeway overpasses, frontage roads and rooftops along the route, was, indeed, a galvanizing event that is entrenched in public consciousness and historic lore.

How can anyone seriously equate the two?

Geraldo’s Alter Ego (Mild-Mannered Reporter?)

Geraldo is here.

602 is history.

Happy St. Paddy’s.

3/17/95

The 602 motion might have been history on St. Patty’s Day 20 years ago, but Geraldo Rivera wasn’t. With the Simpson trial firmly fixed in history as THE place to be seen, media stars, movie actors and celebrities of many stripes continued to show up. Among them was Al Capone’s-vault celebrity, Geraldo Rivera. Contrary to his public persona as brash, aggressive and audacious, he arrived at the courthouse without entourage or fanfare, waited in a quiet corner to see if he was going to get into the trial, didn’t complain about the rotten seat he got when he finally did get in and in every way was an absolute gentleman. Go figure.

FLee Floats an Idea

Bailey’s on a roll.

Did Fuhrman’s sock hide the glove?

Marcia cuts him down.

3/16/95

Wish I had notes on this, but can find nothing except, defense attorney “F. Lee Bailey asked to introduce plastic ziplock bag which could conceal the bloody glove and be hidden in Fuhrman’s sock. That would explain why the glove would still be damp when it was found.” My guess is prosecutor Marcia Clark found that idea a bit ridiculous and said so.

Annie II

Liebovitz was back

For a defendant portrait.

Court’s order ignored.

3/15/95

Annie Liebovitz pre-arranges with Simpson lawyers for him to turn and smile at her as he leaves the courtroom for lockup after Ito had left the bench, which violates a court order that photos in courtroom be taken only when he’s on the bench. But she had nothing to lose. She just got what she wanted, knowing she had no vested interest and wouldn’t be back.