Robert Shapiro played a big part O.J. Simpson’s “not guilty” verdict during his murder trial 20 years ago, but the famous defense attorney says the former NFL star still owes him money for his services. Shapiro gave a rare TV interview to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, and he revealed a few secrets from the “trial of the century.”
According to the Wrap, during the trial, Shapiro said he told O.J. he knew he would never be found guilty of murder, especially after he personally tried on the infamous bloody glove that played a key part in the trial.
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Robert Shapiro told Kelly that he had tried on the glove himself and he knew instantly that it would never fit his client, so he gave Simpson specific instructions on how to try on try on the glove.
“I want you to walk as close to the jury as you can, hold up your hand like you’re carrying the Olympic torch, and pull and tug on that glove,” Shapiro told Simpson. “Because it will not fit. And clearly it didn’t.”
Shapiro also revealed what O.J. Simpson whispered in his ear after the verdict was read and it was revealed that he was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
“You had told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right,” Shapiro said O.J. told him.
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According to ABC News, Robert Shapiro credits two things for his “Dream Team’s” victory in the 1995 trial. First, Robert said he “outmaneuvered [prosecutor] Marcia Clark by making her believe [he] wasn’t ready.”
“The judge asked, ‘Mr. Shapiro, what’s your position?’ ‘Your honor, we’re ready for trial.’ Looks at Marcia Clark and says, ‘Call your first witness.’ And you could see the blood come out of her face, and from that day on, I knew, there would be no conviction,” Shapiro said.
Robert Shapiro said the second thing that helped his case was the fact that the prosecution “did not understand the evidence,” especially the sizing of the bloody glove.
While Robert Shapiro is giving his thoughts on the O.J. Simpson trial 20 years after the verdict, he maintains that he has never discussed his personal feelings about O’J.’s innocence with anyone — not even his wife.
“There’s moral justice and there’s legal justice,” Robert explained to Kelly. “And when that not guilty verdict was rendered, I felt legal justice was done. As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed it with anyone, including my wife.”
Of course, O.J. was later found guilty in a civil trial and was ultimately convicted of armed robbery and jailed in 2008, but Shapiro said Simpson never again called him for counsel — and for good reason.
“He still owed me money from the first one,” Shapiro revealed.
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The O.J. Simpson trial was recently brought back into the spotlight via the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Robert Shapiro was played by John Travolta in the FX series. In an interview with Mashable, Travolta revealed that Robert Shapiro sent him a letter and told him he was “thrilled” that he would be playing him. To prepare for the role, Travolta researched several books, including Robert Shapiro’s own memoir, as well as many hours of videos from news reports so he could get Shapiro’s mannerisms down.
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Robert Shapiro previously told Fox 411 that the Simpson case was “just something I don’t like to comment about.” He has clearly changed his tune based on this rare appearance on Megyn Kelly’s show, and it only took him 20 years.
Take a look at the video below to see Robert Shapiro talking to Megyn Kelly about Simpson’s verdict.
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