Different River

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March 30, 2005

In Memoriam, Johnnie Cochran

Filed under: — Different River @ 8:42 pm

Johnnie Cochran has passed away. For those of you who don’t remember:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the charismatic attorney who became famous in the successful defense of football star O.J. Simpson on murder charges, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles of a brain tumor, spokespeople said.

In one of the defining moments of the trial, Simpson appeared unable to put on a pair of gloves connected to the double murder. Cochran famously admonished the jury, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

He also told them the should acquit because one of the police investigators once used “the N-word.”

All I can say, really, is that I’d love to see Cochrane arguing his case before the Heavenly Court. Imagine him saying this to God (or St. Peter, if you’re a Christian): “I have been describes as a sinner unworthy of being admitted to Your presence. But that description is inaccurate — and if it doesn’t fit, you must admit!” :-)

(This thought is inspired by the confluence of Cochrane’s defense style in the O.J. trial, with the famous words of W. C. Fields, who was known as an agnostic but was seen reading the Bible on his deathbed. Asked why he would suddenly take up Bible reading in view of his agnostic beliefs, he is said to have responded, “I’m looking for a loophole.”)

(No disrespect to either Mr. Cochrane or Mr. Fields intended — though as Eugene Volokh and Ann Althouse point out, the law in this country would rather you speak ill of the dead than of the living. Yet another way “the law” backwards from reality. The living are considerably better able to defend themselves, but libel laws don’t apply to the dead.)

8 Responses to “In Memoriam, Johnnie Cochran”

  1. Gary Says:

    Ah, yes. Won’t that be a judgment? Everyone deserving will have their just deserts from He Who reads the heart. Did Cochrane know OJ was guilty? Did Michael Schiavo brutalize Terri? Did Greer play God? we will see it all. Very unfortunately, by that time, the chance at redemption will have long passed.

  2. Scott Rainey Says:

    Congrats on the number one Google hit for “Johnnie Cochrane”! Here’s to the power of blogdom!

  3. SML Says:

    We all have our cross to bear..We all have our curse to wear.
    But in doing so we gain the respect of our peers and leave this world a bit better than
    this is to succeed

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  6. Eleventhlight Says:

    Eternal is the glow of the gold, the path to knowledge
    we come to know. Purple is the cloth in the light that
    is blue where the word of enlightenment is of the truth
    No more color barriers to face, no more ruling parties
    no more disgrace, in peace and serenity the light has
    gone on, in darkness where mind echoes forever gone, stones
    yet brown where the water rushed, time the essence in the
    lives he touched.

  7. denford Says:

    Its very sad that nature has taken its course by snatching one of the best negro lawyer in the courtroom drama.This man was areally shining star,it is indeed ironic that he died of brain related illness coz he was a genius who could convince the juror that if it cant fit then you must acquit,and quit they did.We will take over from the brother lawyer till then heaven give Johnnie a hug and if u dont know him dont judge him on account of his profession,remember everyone of has a calling,its a pity that we cant all be geniuses like Johnnie was.God must be proud of him. rest in peace brother this world is all the more poorer without him,for once the gods have outsmarted poor earth.

  8. steve Says:

    Johnnie Cochrane was a genius anyone who thinks that o.j.was guilty did NOT follow the
    EVIDENCE they only read your racist newspapers.

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