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Voices from a Verdict: The O.J. Simpson Case Finale

October 4, 1995

Quotes surrounding the acquittal of O.J. Simpson:

``When things have settled a bit, I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman. They are out there somewhere. Whatever it takes to identify them and bring them in, I will provide somehow.

``I can only hope that someday, despite every prejudicial thing that has been said about me publicly, both in and out of the courtroom, people will come to understand and believe that I would not, could not and did not kill anyone.″ _ O.J. Simpson, in a statement read to reporters by his son Jason.

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``When they said the verdict, I sat there and I thought `Wow, it’s incredible.′ And I just lifted my head up and I said `Praise God.‴ _ Rosey Grier, football star turned preacher who frequently visited Simpson in jail. Simpson’s loud tearful outburst to Grier in December was the subject of courtroom debate as prosecutors argued that Simpson may have confessed to his friend. Judge Lance Ito ruled the conversation be kept private.

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``I don’t know if he’s guilty or not guilty of the murder, but he’s guilty of beating on that woman.

``We have women across the nation that are sitting in prison for defending their lives against their batterers, and we have a victory today? No, I don’t think so.″ _ Shannon Booker, who served time in a Massachusetts prison for killing her abusive husband.

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``I’m just kind of fearful for his life because I think there’s a lot of ... out there and somebody just might take a potshot at him.″ _ Reggie McKenzie, Simpson’s former Buffalo Bills teammate.

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``He has certain readjustment periods to go through. Keep in mind he’s been celibate for 15 months. I think he’s got a lot of wild oats to sow before he starts thinking about his children. He probably will be a different person than he was a year and a half ago.″ _ Lou Brown, father of Nicole Brown Simpson.

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``It’s a very, very sad point in my life. This is a man who I had a very, very close relationship with, and I will never have a relationship with him.″ _ Robert Shapiro on his estrangement from colleague F. Lee Bailey.

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``If the jury found him innocent it is because he is innocent.″ _ Rosa Lopez, former maid of Simpson’s neighbor, speaking in El Salvador.

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``I was numb. I was absolutely numb.″ _ Denise Brown, on hearing the verdict.

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``Unlike baseball where you have three strikes before you are out, on Madison Avenue you have one strike and you are out.″ _ Al Ries, marketing consultant, on whether Simpson can revive his career as an ad pitchman.

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``There is only one thing certain in the trial of the century: Nicole and Ron will never be here with us again and two small children, Justin and Sydney, will not be raised by their mother.″ _ Former Simpson houseguest Brian ``Kato″ Kaelin.

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``The right-wing Republican attacks on affirmative action, welfare reform, all of that: I think O.J. became an embodiment of all of that.″ _ Joe Carter, Atlanta community activist.

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``Whatever the jury decides is justice.″ _ Dr. Michael Baden, pathologist paid $1,500 a day to work for Simpson’s defense.

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``I’m glad it’s over. You know, if he didn’t do it, we got the right decision. If he did do it, then he should be punished, but the jury said that he didn’t do it and it’s over with and we can all go back to living right again.″ _ Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

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``It was clear to me and other members of the prosecution that this was an emotional trial and apparently their decision was based on emotion, that overcame the reason.″ _ Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

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``He’s free, free, FREE!″ _ reaction of a resident of the San Francisco housing project that once was home to the young O.J. Simpson.

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