Magazine article Newsweek

The Show of Shows

Magazine article Newsweek

The Show of Shows

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In court, Fuhrman cops to perjury. On TV, another pal of O.J.'s turns his back.

BOTH SIDES IN THE O. J. Simpson civil trial continued slogging away last week to select a jury. But the real action was outside the courtroom, with repercussions for both sides if the prospective jurors were paying attention. Mark Fuhrman, the disgraced former detective, did potential damage to the plaintiffs; Robert Kardashian, Simpson's longtime friend, may have hurt the defense.

Fuhrman, carrying himself in his usual ramrod posture, copped a plea to one felony count of perjury- regarding his now infamous denial of ever using the N word. The plea was timely for Simpson's defense: it could remind potential jurors of O.J.'s claim (unsubstantiated) that racist cops framed him. That memory is especially good for Simpson because the new crop of jurors may never get to hear Fuhrman testify. Although he was subpoenaed last week to appear on Dec. 4, he would likely take the Fifth Amendment because of a pending federal investigation.

Kardashian, the man who read Simpson's "suicide" note the day of the Bronco chase, will re-enter the media circus ring this week. In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, to be aired Friday on "20/20," Kardashian now appears to turn on Simpson, a twist that would be surpassed only if A. C. Cowlings started bad-mouthing O.J. Asked by Walters about Simpson's innocence, Kardashian says, according to an ABC-provided transcript, "I have doubts. …

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