Transcript of Reading of Verdict in O.J. Simpson Case
Transcript of today’s reading of verdicts in the O.J. Simpson trial:
JUDGE LANCE ITO: The people are represented by Ms. Clark, Mr. Darden and Mr. Hodgman. The jury is not present. Good morning counsel.
ALL: Good morning.
ITO: All right. The record should reflect that this morning at 9 o’clock the court met informally with counsel here in the courtroom because there were too many lawyers to go into chambers this morning for the purposes of discussing notifications to the jury’s _ jurors _ regarding their rights of privacy and the interest of the news media to interview them or speak with them following the delivery of the verdict. In court here today the court distributed to the parties the copies of the questionnaire that has been distributed to the jurors and also the notice to them regarding confidentiality under 237.
They have uniformly indicated their desire that their private information will remain confidential. They have also indicated to the court unanimously to the court a desire not to speak to the attorneys, including after the conclusion of the trial and not to speak to the news media, either.
All right. Counsel, is there anything else we need to take up before I invite the jurors to join us?
All right. Deputy ... let’s have the jurors, please.
ITO: The record should reflect that we have now been rejoined by all the members of our jury panel and our alternates. Good morning again, ladies and gentlemen.
JURORS: Good morning.
ITO: All right. Mrs. Robertson, do you have the envelope with the sealed verdict forms, please?
MRS. ROBERTSON: Yes.
ITO: Would you give those to Deputy Charles?
And would you return those to our foreperson, juror No. 1?
All right. Madam foreperson, would you please open the envelope and check the condition of the verdict forms?
All right. Madam foreperson, you’ve had the opportunity to review the verdict forms. Are they the same ones that you signed and are they in order?
ITO: All right. Would you hand them, please, to Deputy Charles?
And you have signed and dated those verdict forms indicating the jury’s verdict?
ITO: All right. Ladies and gentlemen, and the jury, I am going to ask that you carefully listen to the verdicts as they are being read by the clerk, Mrs. Robertson. After the verdicts have been read, you will be asked if these are your verdicts. And I would caution the audience during the course of the reading of the verdicts to remain calm. If there is any disruption during the reading of the verdicts, the bailiffs will have the obligation to remove any person disrupting these proceedings.
All right. Mrs. Robertson?
All right. Mr. Cochran, Mr. Simpson _ would you stand and face the jury?
MRS. ROBERTSON: Superior Court of California, county of Los Angeles, in the matter of the people of the state of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson case No. BA097211, we the jury in the above entitled action find the defendant Orenthal James Simpson not guilty of the crime of murder in violation of Penal Code Section 187-A, a felony, upon Nicole Brown Simpson, a human being, as charged in count 1 of the information.
Superior Court of the state of California, county of Los Angeles, in the matter of the people of the state of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson, we the jury in the above entitled action find the defendant Orenthal James Simpson not guilty of the crime of murder in violation of Penal Code Section 187-A, a felony, upon Ronald Lyle Goldman, a human being, as charged in count 2 of the information.
We the jury in the above entitled action further find the special circumstance that the defendant Orenthal James Simpson has in this case been convicted of at least one crime of murder of the first degree and one or more crimes of murder of the first or second degree to be not true.
Signed this second day of October, 1995, Juror 230.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is this your verdict, so say you one, so say you all?
ITO: All right. Counsel, Mr. Simpson, would you be seated, please?
Let’s have it quiet in the courtroom, please?
All right. Mrs. Robertson, would you please poll the jurors?
(Robertson polls jurors individually)
ITO: The clerk is directed to record the verdicts as read. Parties agree to waive reading of the verdicts as recorded. Mr. Cochran, do you waive reading of the verdict as recorded?
DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHNNIE COCHRAN JR.: I do, your honor.
ITO: Ms. Clark?
PROSECUTOR MARCIA CLARK: (inaudible)
ITO: Thank you. All right. Ladies and gentlemen, at this time I’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank you for the service you’ve given to us. The burdens we placed upon you were enormous and I can’t begin to express the debt that we owe to you for the time and patience for the exertion you’ve given to us during the course of this case. I will have an opportunity to probably meet with you later to give you my private comments if we have a chance to meet.
I want to caution you at this time that there is, as you know, intense media interest in this case. The news media will probably seek you out at home or in your place of business and I would implore that the news media act responsibly to avoid harassing you or identifying you without your consent or otherwise causing you concern. Whether you wish to cooperate with the news media is entirely up to you. However, I must warn you to expect the worst as far as that is concerned.
(The judge thanks bailiffs, Sheriff’s Department, courtroom reporters, research attorney, law clerks, media liaison and jury commissioner.)
All right. Counsel, is there anything we need to take up before we excuse the jurors? Mr. Cochran?
ITO: All right. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I’m now going to excuse you from your service on this case. As you know, this does absolve you from your vows of silence. You may take with you your jury notebooks as you requested. We’ll be chatting with you shortly.
All right. Thank you very much and I’ll see you all later.