OJ Simpson Trial: Where Are They Now?

By Christina Cocca
|  Thursday, Jun 12, 2014  |  Updated 6:40 PM EDT
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    The O.J. Simpson Slow-Speed Chase

    On June 17, 1994, an apparently suicidal Orenthal "OJ" Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings led police on a 60 mile slow-speed car chase through Los Angeles and Orange counties, captivating viewers glued to television sets. Simpson had failed to surrender to police earlier in the day, when he was slated to be charged in the murders of his ex-wife and her male friend. As police closed down the freeways and 20 cruisers followed Simpson, spectators filled the freeway overpasses, many cheering him on with signs reading "Go O.J."
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    Two decades after O.J. Simpson was acquitted in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, catch up with the key players of the "Trial of the Century."

    Johnnie Cochran Jr.

    Famed defense attorney and lead of Simpson's "Dream Team," Johnnie Cochran Jr. was the man behind the phrase regarding the ill-fitting black glove that became a cultural phenomenon: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Cochran founded The Cochran Firm, a law firm with offices nationwide. 

    He had a television show "Cochran & Grace," co-hosted by former lawyer and political commentator Nancy Grace. In 2005, Cochran died from an inoperable brain tumor at age 67. Simpson was among other celebrities who attended his funeral.

    Robert Shapiro:

    Robert Shapiro was a key member of Simpson's defense "Dream Team" and took a step back as Cochran led the case. After the trial, Shapiro tried to distance himself from the case and instead entered the world of Internet business. He co-founded LegalZoom.com and ShoeDazzle.com.

    Robert Kardashian:

    Defense attorney Robert Kardashian was a close friend of the Simpson family and had Simpson as a houseguest immediately after the stabbings. Simpson left Kardashian's home on June 17, 1994, in the back of the infamous white Ford Bronco and led police on a two-hour slow-speed chase. 

    Kardashian died after battling esophageal cancer in 2003, but his name lives on through his wildly famous celebrity children, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Robert, and ex-wife, Kris.

    F. Lee Bailey:

    F. Lee Bailey cross-examined LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman, the man who found the bloody glove, and refused to believe that Fuhrman had never used the N-word. Bailey was later disbarred from practicing law and now lives in Maine.

    Marcia Clark

    The lead prosecutor in O.J. Simpson's murder case, Marcia Clark became a bestselling author with a nonfiction book about the trial "Without A Doubt." 

    She underwent a makeover in the middle of the trial, which some argue overshadowed her prosecution. She has appeared on TV shows including "Oprah," "Larry King Live" and "Today" to comment on legal issues. She also writes periodically for The Daily Beast.

    Christopher Darden:

    Prosecutor Christopher Darden's memorable moment in court came when he asked Simpson to try on the now-infamous black leather glove, which prompted Johnnie Cochran to demand, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Many years after the trial, Darden accused Cochran of altering the glove before it was used in court. He currently practices law in Los Angeles.

    Kato Kaelin:

    One of the most memorable witnesses in the trial, Brian "Kato" Kaelin, now 55, was O.J.'s longtime houseguest . He was trying to get discovered in Hollywood when he moved into the home's guest bungalow and later testified about three loud thuds against his wall the night of the murders. 

    Kaelin later appeared on reality TV shows including "Celebrity Boot Camp" and recently started a loungewear clothing line with actress and comedian Rhonda Shear called Kato Potato.

    Mark Fuhrman:

    LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman discovered the bloody glove outside of Nicole's home, specifically outside of Kaelin's guest house, the night of the murders. During the trial, O.J.'s defense team accused Fuhrman of planting evidence at the scene -- including the glove.

    He was later convicted of perjury after recordings in which Fuhrman can be heard using the N-word surfaced -- something he denied doing during his testimony. After the trial, Fuhrman retired and moved to Idaho. He published a book about the case called "Murder in Brentwood" and is a writer and TV commentator.

    Faye Resnick

    Witness Faye Resnick was a close friend of Nicole who was targeted in court by the defense as a drug addict. Resnick had stayed in a property owned by Nicole until she went to rehab a few days before the murders. 

    During the trial, she wrote the best-selling book, "Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted." She went on to pose on the cover of Playboy before starting an interior design business, Faye Resnick Design. She has appeared on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" as a friend of Kyle Richards, Kathy Hilton's sister.

    Judge Lance Ito:

    Lance Ito acted as judge during the murder trial and made the decision to allow cameras in the courtroom, a move that some argue swayed the jury's ruling because of the media frenzy it allowed. Ito currently works in Los Angeles criminal courts and has refused to give any interviews about the trial.

    O.J. Simpson

    Orenthal "OJ" Simpson, now 66, was acquitted when a jury found him not guilty in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but a civil jury in 1997 held him liable for the deaths. The Goldman family was awarded $33.5 million in the case.

    In 2006, O.J. wrote a book called "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer," in which he described the hypothetical version of the murders. After much controversy, rights to the book were transferred to the Goldman family.

    Simpson was sentenced in 2008 to serve nine to 33 years in Nevada state prison for his part in a 2007 botched armed robbery and kidnapping attempt where a group of men, along with Simpson, tried to retrieve personal items from two sports memorabilia dealers. He testified in 2013 that he was not aware two of the men in the group were carrying handguns when they went to retrieve items he allegedly lost after his 1995 acquittal.

    Simpson's lawyers filed an appeal in May 2014 in the Las Vegas armed robbery case. He could have to wait another three and a half years before he’s up for parole. In 2013, defense attorneys Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fume argued for Simpson's parole and said that Simpson’s previous lawyer, Yale Galanter, handled his case so badly he should have been allowed a new trial.

    The White Bronco:

    Simpson left Robert Kardashian's home in the back a white Ford Bronco -- owned by friend and former football teammate Al Cowlings -- and led police on a two-hour slow-speed chase watched on live TV by 95 million people. Cowlings was behind the wheel while Simpson sat in the back with a loaded handgun, which he used to threaten suicide when a deputy tried to pull over the car. 

    The Bronco continued on Los Angeles-area freeways at the low speeds of 35 to 40 mph while patrol cars followed behind for nearly two hours. Hundreds of spectators lined overpasses and freeway shoulders, many waving and cheering Simpson as the Bronco passed.

    Now, the famed white Bronco is reportedly available to rent for parties and events. Collector Michael Pulwer bought the Bronco for $75,000, nearly twice its original value.

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