That’s what O.J. Simpson said today when asked to comment on the death of Johnnie Cochran.
“I’ve got to say, I don’t think I’d be home today without Johnnie,” Simpson said by telephone from Florida after learning of Cochran’s death in Los Angeles.
Simpson noted other members of his defense team but said: “Without Johnnie running the ball, I don’t think there’s a lawyer in the world that could have run that ball. I was innocent, but he believed it.”
Sounds like even O.J. couldn’t believe that. But did Johnnie really believe in Simpson’s innocence? You have to wonder, given this quote by Cochran:
“Give me a jury with only one Black on it and I’ll guarantee a hung jury [even though the client is guilty, of course].”
And there were nine Blacks on the Simpson jury.
Here’s Cochran’s closing argument in the Simpson case, and his most famous quote:
“Let me show you something. This is a knit cap. Let me put this knit cap on. You have seen me for a year. If I put this knit cap on, who am I? I’m still Johnnie Cochran with a knit cap. And if you looked at O.J. Simpson over there–and he has a rather large head–O.J. Simpson in a knit cap from two blocks away is still O.J. Simpson. It’s no disguise. It’s no disguise. It makes no sense. It doesn’t fit. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
RIP Johnnie. Oh and one more thing. O.J. wants to be sure you say “hi” to Ron and Nicole…for him.
UPDATE: O.J., others attend Cochran funeral in Los Angeles.