Ito, Cochran, Shapiro, Scheck, Kardashian, Furman, Kaelin, Clark, Darden, and of course, O.J. “The Juice” Simpson – these were the players in the real-life courtroom drama that played out over two decades ago when “the trial of the century” kept Americans glued to their television sets day and night. State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson changed forever how the media covered crime in this country, as TV cameras, reporters and news agencies from around the world descended upon Los Angeles, remaining camped out in front of Los Angeles Superior Court for nearly a year, from the time the jury was sworn in on November 9, 1994 until announcement of the verdict on October 3, 1995. On Sunday, April 3 from 9am -9pm ET/PT, the Esquire Network will air its first-ever 12-hour special, a broadcast marathon recapping the trial from opening arguments to final verdict, featuring archival footage straight from the courtroom of the 1995 murder trial of actor and sports hero/retired professional football running back Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson, accused of the brutal deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife and the mother of their children, and her friend Ronald Goldman, on the evening of June 12, 1994.
Viewers will relive the most intriguing, controversial and poignant moments from the trial, including opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense, key witness and police testimonies, the infamous “gloves” moment, closing statements and, finally, the stunning verdict that was delivered on October 3, 1995. No re-enactments, voice-overs, dramatics or theatrics can replace the facts and the polarizing figures who were in that courtroom every day during the trial. It took the jury only four hours to reach their verdict, but viewers will have 12 hours to come to their own conclusion, when Esquire Networks airs “The Real O.J. Simpson Trial” on Sunday, April 3 from 9am – 9pm ET/PT. For highlights of the trial, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=42&v=wppYayoow_w
Footage from the trial will include:
9am-10am: “The Kickoff“- Opening Statements by prosecutors Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden and “Dream Team” defense lead, Johnnie Cochran.
10am-11am: “Dead-Ball, Foul Play“- Opening Statements continue and new witnesses not disclosed by the defense allow state prosecutor Marcia Clark an additional opening statement.
11am-12pm: “The F Word” Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman testifies.
12pm-1pm: “I Plead The Fifth” Defense witnesses testify. Fuhrman makes a stunning return. F.Lee Bailey enthralls the media.
1pm-2pm: “Take Care of The Hands That Take Care Of You” A particular pair of gloves holds the courtroom’s attention.
2pm-3pm: “Is Kato Your Middle Name?” Struggling actor and Simpson guest-house occupant, Brian “Kato” Kaelin begins a multi-day appearance.
3pm-4pm: “Never Live With Someone That Won The Heisman” Testimony continues with Brian “Kato” Kaelin.
4pm-5pm: “Did We Just Have An Earthquake: Thumps On The Wall” Brian “Kato” Kaelin wraps up his time on the stand then faces the waiting media.
5pm-6pm: “Running Back” Closing arguments by prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, defense team Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck.
6pm-7pm: “Milking the Clock” Closing arguments by prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, defense team Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck.
7pm-8pm: “Play To The Whistle” Closing arguments continue. Rebuttals by the prosecution.
8pm-9pm: “If It Don’t Fit, You Must Acquit” Closing arguments, rebuttal and the verdict of the trial of the century.
SOURCE: NBC Universal
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