Marcia Clark, former Los Angeles County prosecutor who failed at convicting O.J. Simpson in his notorious murder case, has emerged to relive her glory days of the 1994-95 trial on Dateline.
Clark admitted that the trial “was a nightmare for me every single day.” Simpson was ultimately acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown and her male companion, Ron Goldman.
Of the fans cheering for Simpson roadside during notorious white Bronco chase, Clark says: “I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is not good. … He has murdered two innocent people, slaughtered them, and you’re cheering his escape?’ It gave me a full view of what we were up against.” Clark — along with a slew of other individuals who were part of the so-called “Trial of the Century,” from Kris Jenner to Fred Goldman — sat down with NBC’s Dateline for an episode that aired Sunday night. Before the trial even started, Clark recalls, she didn’t have a good feeling about the way things were headed in the murder trial, in which Simpson was ultimately acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. She recalled seeing Simpson fans standing at the side of the road cheering during the infamous white Bronco police chase. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is not good. … He has murdered two innocent people, slaughtered them, and you’re cheering his escape?’ It gave me a full view of what we were up against.” She added: “I had so many days going to the office feeling like, ‘We’re toast; it’s over,’ because I remember watching the jury every single day” and not getting a good feeling from her observations. “Throughout the trial, it felt like one minefield after another. Every day we’d walk into court, and something else was blowing up.” She also noted that her closing argument “wasn’t my best.” h/t thr
Clark concluded the not-guilty verdict, “physically painful,” and ultimately she blames herself but added: “The problem was the jury didn’t want to believe, and so at the end of day, you can’t make someone believe something they don’t want to believe.”