Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Plaintiffs Use Brief Testimony in Trial of Suit against Simpson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Plaintiffs Use Brief Testimony in Trial of Suit against Simpson

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Lawyers for plaintiffs suing O.J. Simpson kept up their line of attack on Monday, keeping witnesses on the stand so briefly that defense lawyers found it difficult to raise the possibility that evidence was contaminated.

Prosecutors had some of the same witnesses testify for days on end in Simpson's criminal trial, but with this judge strictly limiting defense queries to issues raised in direct testimony, plaintiffs' lawyers have been careful to limit their own questions.

Former police lab supervisor Gregory Matheson, who spent five days guiding jurors through DNA workings at Simpson's murder trial, barely mentioned the subject in 75 minutes of direct testimony. Criminalist Dennis Fung, who spent nine days on the stand in the first trial, followed Matheson, identifying the blood stains that he collected. Plaintiffs' attorney Tom Lambert was clearly aiming for damage control, using the same strategy his team used Friday with former Detective Philip Vannatter and several witnesses before him. …

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