Consultant warned attorneys that Simpson trial was about race

Actor Courtney B. Vance discusses his role as attorney Johnnie Cochran in the new FX movie, 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson.'

- During the infamous murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, a jury consultant told attorneys for the prosecution and defense that the case would be one about race.

"They asked Marcia (Clark) to soften her look. She (the consultant) told Marcia that black women didn’t like her. But Marcia said, "look at me, at all my trials, they love me." She didn't listen to anything," said Courtney B. Vance who plays Johnnie Cochran in the new FX mini-series, 'American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.'

Clark represented the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman in the 1994 trial watched closely around the world.

Ultimately, O.J. Simpson-- a former NFL star-- would be found not guilty.

In the series, Cochran's famous line about a blood stained gloved allegedly warn by the killer: "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit,"  is examined.

"This is told from the lawyers point of view, and their back stories. What was behind some of the decisions; how the bloody glove was potentially introduced," said Vance.

It also goes behind the scenes, to the Cochran home and the late-great attorney's habit of bouncing ideas off his wife.

"You see their home life and how he wasn’t really going to do the trial. He didn’t want to do it. He thought it was a case that couldn’t be won. His wife changed his mind," said Vance.

Episode 2 of 'The People Vs. O.J. Simpson' airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX.


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