Fuhrman Faces Inquiry Into Simpson Trial Tapes
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ As O.J. Simpson went home a free man, a congresswoman Tuesday called for perjury charges against Mark Fuhrman, the police detective whose taped epithets fueled questions of racism in Simpson’s murder trial.
Fuhrman, accused by Simpson’s attorneys of moving a bloody glove from the murder scene to Simpson’s estate, already faces a federal investigation into his taped claims of brutalizing suspects during his career.
He stayed out of sight Tuesday. No one answered the door at his home in Sandpoint, Idaho, where he moved last summer upon retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department. His attorney, Darryl Mounger, was out of his office and did not immediately return telephone calls.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said she wants Fuhrman prosecuted for lying on the witness stand when he denied having used the word ``nigger″ in the previous 10 years. Later, jurors heard tapes of him using the racial epithet repeatedly in conversations with a screenwriter.
``The Fuhrman revelations created much of the animosity surrounding this case. We must not lose sight of that,″ Waters said in a statement.
``We have to make sure that all receive equal justice under the law and, when police officers cross the line and lie on the stand, that they will be held accountable.″
Waters and the NAACP requested an investigation of police practices discussed by Fuhrman in the explosive tapes.
The Justice Department has already opened an inquiry into issues raised by the tapes, in which he discussed beating suspects.
``Now that the trial is over, we can proceed to evaluate all available evidence and conduct future investigations as warranted. We take such allegations seriously,″ said Myron Marlin, spokesman for the Justice Department’s civil rights division.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has not yet said whether it will file perjury charges against Fuhrman.
During the trial, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. portrayed Fuhrman as a racist bent on framing Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend.
Prosecutor Marcia Clark wound up calling him a racist and the worst LAPD has to offer.
Detective Carlton Brown says in the October issue of Los Angeles magazine that his former partner is probably enjoying all the controversy.
``He likes challenges. He likes to be the underdog,″ Brown said. ``I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just pumping him up, giving him more ammunition to get whatever he’s looking for.″