Excerpts of Testimony in the O.J. Simpson Trial
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By The Associated Press
Excerpts of testimony Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson murder trial:
(In the following segment, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. objects to the prosecution calling Samuel Marc Poser, a former Bloomingdale’s shoe salesman in New York City:)
COCHRAN: This man could only tell us that he waited on Mr. Simpson in very vague terms. In fact, there is one receipt for $38 for some slippers. He has no information. There is no linking up of this. And the fact is, the prejudicial effect of his testimony of bringing somebody else in from Bloomingdale’s to talk about Mr. Simpson having shopped at some point but never having purchased the shoes is far outweighed by any probative value. So I think as officers of the court we have an obligation to bring this to your honor’s attention as soon as possible.
PROSECUTOR HANK GOLDBERG: I’m not sure what the basis for counsel’s objection is. He said that this was prejudicial. I can certainly see the prejudicial effect of evidence that a person shops at Bloomingdale’s. I’m sure the jury would be far more likely to convict a defendant as soon as they learned he previously shopped on the Bloomingdale’s.
COCHRAN: I shop at Bloomingdale’s.
GOLDBERG: I know they are very, very concerned and worried about their evidence. They must have asked about me about _ at least a dozen times yesterday about the scope of this man’s testimony, and I told him what it was and my representations to them yesterday and other previous days are the same and consistent with what I have told you. I understand the concern that they have, but this is relevant testimony, it clearly is not prejudicial.
COCHRAN: We’re not worried. We’re the same people who sat here for eight days while Brian Kelberg put the coroner on for eight days and led to nothing. Just like then, your honor, they are whistling in the wind. Your honor, this is the dying grasp of the prosecution. This is not relevant testimony to put on this man to say that sometime in 1990 or 1991 he saw Mr. Simpson in Bloomingdale’s. They can never link it up to the shoes. Those are the facts. So what I am saying, it wastes the court’s time, doesn’t lead anywhere, and is analogous to the testimony we linked from Dr. Lakshmanan, that Dr. Golden made all the mistakes but still couldn’t tell you _ you see the contrast. They spend eight days on direct. We spend part of one.
(In the following segment, Poser testifies that he sold O.J. Simpson shoes but can remember only the size:)
GOLDBERG: Even though he had some type of celebrity status, did you, considering that he had that status, did you somehow memorize the occasions when you sold him shoes and what you sold him?
GOLDBERG: All right. Now, during the time period that you had sold shoes to Mr. Simpson, was Bloomingdale’s one of the 40 stores that sold Bruno Magli Lorenzo shoes?
POSER: Yes, we did.
GOLDBERG: And I’d like to show you what we’ve marked as People’s 375 for identification, and maybe could you take the shoes out of there and tell us if one of those is the Lorenzo?
POSER: This is _ this is the Lorenzo, the boot.
GOLDBERG: He is indicating the _ what has previously been referred to as the size 12 semi- or demi-boot, your honor.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE LANCE ITO: Yes.
GOLDBERG: And what colors did Bloomingdale’s carry those in?
POSER: Black, brown and olive.
GOLDBERG: Do you remember whether or not you sold those shoes to the defendant?
POSER: No, I do not.
GOLDBERG: You don’t have a specific recollection one way or the other?
GOLDBERG: And when was the last time, if you can give us an estimate, that you would have sold shoes to the defendant?
POSER: I believe it was _ I believe it was early ’92. That’s _ you know, in the wintertime of ’92, I believe.
GOLDBERG: And over this period of time you say that the shoes were generally dress casual shoes?
GOLDBERG: What size did the defendant take?
POSER: Size 12.