How an Interview Created a Train Wreck

This haiku, written 20 years ago today, marks the moment the wheels came off the tracks, which caused so much of the train wreck Simpson judge Lance Ito’s relationship with the news media — and his legacy as a result of the trial — is concerned.

The verdict is in.

L.A.’s new celebrity.

Judge this for yourself.


Judge Ito’s Channel 2 interview with Tritia Toyota airs.

Although this was the date the first of what turned out to be first of a six-parter aired, the debacle actually began weeks earlier, which I describe on pages 25-28 of Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson. It was a situation beyond my ability to save.

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