Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Simpson Blasts Prosecutors for Distorting Trial Evidence

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Simpson Blasts Prosecutors for Distorting Trial Evidence

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Speaking out for the first time since his acquittal, O.J. Simpson assailed prosecutors and legal commentators on Wednesday for distorting the trial evidence to make him look bad.

"My basic anger is these misconceptions," Simpson said in a telephone call to CNN's "Larry King Live."

Simpson's call came during King's interview with lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.

Simpson, who was not seen during his second day of freedom, also offered a brief comment about his first reunion with his two small children, Sydney and Justin, since he was arrested for their mother's murder.

"It's been great," Simpson said without elaboration. He then thanked King and got off the phone.

Simpson representatives had suggested earlier that if he speaks at all, it will be on a pay-per-view TV special. The event could net Simpson millions of dollars.

Simpson called the King show to respond to a woman who had called in asking about prosecution claims that a shadowy figure seen moving across the driveway of Simpson's house was in fact Simpson returning from an attempt to hide a bloody glove.

Simpson said testimony from limousine driver Allan Park never showed this - only that there was a person near the front door.

"It was me - walking out of my front door, dropping my bags and going back in," he said. Simpson's defense had said that Simpson was racing around his house at about 11 p.m. packing for a planned trip to Chicago.

Simpson said prosecutors and legal commentators constantly misconstrued the evidence.

"My basic anger is people I've heard say, `I followed the case.' I've heard experts say, `This was the testimony today,' and that wasn't the testimony today," Simpson said.

"Fortunately for me, the jury listened to what the witnesses said and not what Marcia Clark's or (Christopher) Darden's or anyone else's renditions of what was said," Simpson said.

Simpson friend Robert Kardashian, meanwhile, was reportedly behind a $1 million photo package offer to the supermarket tabloids that promised exclusive photos of Simpson's post-trial homecoming and the reunion with his children.

An unidentified Simpson representative contacted the Globe, National Enquirer and Star to offer the package, said a source at one of the publications. …

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