Alternates Dwindle to a Precious Few

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The juror has fallen ill.

Dream team in a spin.

7/26/95

With the jury losing members, requiring alternates to fill the empty spots, the defense attorneys worried about a mistrial and Simpson having to face a new trial, with a new jury that might not be as favorable as they though the  current one would be.

Galbreath Shot Like A Pro

Because he was–and still is.

I’ve written about Mr. Haywood Galbreath before, both in my book Anatomy of a Trial and on this blog. In this post, Haywood Galbreath does the writing. Below is a Facebook status update he posted yesterday. I’ll thank Haywood right here for paying me perhaps the highest compliment any member of the news media has ever given me. 

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Today is a very historic day for the Black Press of America reference photojournalism. 21 years ago today the honorable judge Lance Ito who was presiding over the O.J. Simpson double murder trial. I made a very controversial and courageous decision. When he agreed to give the Black Press of America a photo position inside the O.J. Simpson double murder trial. Never before in the history of America had a judge been courageous enough or believed in equality enough to make that type of decision.

On July 22, 1994 when I stepped into that courtroom on behalf of the Black Press of America history was made. I however had no idea what lay ahead for me and the Black Press of Americas for the next 15 months. And I like many who had come before me in the fight for equality for black Americans. I now understand what it’s like to be put through hell in life on earth! For standing up for what you have a right to be a part of.

Mainstream medias biggest argument (mainstream media meaning white owned news organizations) their biggest argument was that the Black Press of America did not have the skill to be able to shoot such a major and import and news event. That black photojournalist could work for them but could not because of lack of skill set beside them as an equal!

On July 22nd 1994 that myth that they created that still exist today. That myth should have been put to rest. When I standing beside their best photojournalist captured an image that they messed and thay had to call my organization representing the Black Press of America for the image!

Even though I advocated for the Black Press of America to have equal access. If not for the help of Ms.Jerrianne Hayslett and the honorable Judge Lance Ito this historic event of equal access for the Black Press of America in what became the largest media event of the 20th century never would’ve happened!

For myself and for the Black Press of America. I am eternally grateful Ms.Hayslett and Judge Ito recognized how significant it was for all parties involved to be represented equally in the area of media. Especially in the area of photojournalism because of the power of the images!

The photo below is the photo that mainstream media had to get from the Black Press of America. The same Black Press of America that they argued adamantly should not have a photo position in the courtroom because we didn’t have the skill like they did to capture the moment!
Sincerely,
-History making photojournalist Haywood Galbreath/On behalf of the Black Press of America-

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Marcia runs them down,

Casting nasty aspersions.

Cough up two-fifty!

7/20/95

Ito fined Marcia Clark $250 for making disparaging remarks at Simpson’s lawyers. That was some pretty expensive lip.

 

Satire? Comedic Relief? What Was BBC Thinking?

Jackie Mason came.

Is he among the living?

BBC hired him.

7/19/95

While the trial was trying to determine if O.J. Simpson had done it, I was wondering why BBC had done it. Jackie Mason? I had to reach into the recesses of my memory to figure out who that wJackie Masonas.

Here’s how I described him and his “day in court” in Anatomy of a Trial:

Then one day in July, there in the courtroom audience sat New York comic Jackie Mason. Word was BBC had hired him to do commentary.

“What a weird looking character,” I recorded in my journal. “His hair weave was so tight and what looked like the results of a face peel or face lifts gave him the appearance of someone who had suffered first-degree burns. He had this real slick smooth, almost wrinkle-free kind of skin.”

His behavior was also kind of bizarre.

“He looked and acted as if he were not really with it, kind of spaced out or something,” I recorded.

The session he sat in on concerned a motion to exclude testimony of an expert witness during closing arguments and lasted less than an hour. Even so he appeared to doze off several times and when not snoozing, just gazed around.

“He took no notes,” I observed. “All in all a very strange-looking guy, and you wonder what the heck his commentary for BBC will be like.”

 

The Dog Days of Summer

Things in the Simpson trial had settled down to almost normal, so much so, the haiku I wrote were about witnesses who showed up — and didn’t.

He’s had surgery.

Peradus can’t testify.

Where’s the missing blood?

7/17/96

The nurse who took a blood sample from Simpson for police has had by-pass surgery and can’t take the witness stand.  The defense claims some of the blood is missing, boosting their police conspiracy theory.

Terrific pushups.

An exercise video.

Tarzan’s grandfather?

7/18/95

Despite Simpson’s demonstrated agility and strength in his exercise  video, a defense expert witness compares his physical condition to Tarzan’s grandfather’s.

Gabber Is Out, Mimic Wants In

She was a talker.

And begs to regain her seat.

Kristin Jeannette-Meyers.

7/14/95

Yep, the same Kristin Jeannette-Meyers you’ve met in earlier posts on this blog.

Lance danced all night – not!

The Star caught him on camera.

Impersonator.

7/15/95

Jay Leno’s “Dancing Itos” weren’t the only look-a-likes. So, no. That’s wasn’t the real Judge Lance Ito the paparazzi photographed partying hearty.

Info about Anatomy of a Trial at www.anatomyofatrial.com.

Were His Knuckles Bloody Then?

He was a witness.

Photographer extraordinaire.

Howard L. Bingham.

7/13/95

Muhammad Ali’s official photographer, Howard Bingham, was Simpson’s fellow passenger on the Chicago flight. His testimony didn’t add much.

More about the book, Anatomy of a Trial, and the author is at www.anatomyofatrial.com.