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Lawyers Fear Sign Language

Wed., May 17, 1995, midnight

The defense sees guilty and the prosecution sees innocent. That’s part of the problem for the O.J. Simpson trial.

All over town, billboards having gone up saying “GUILTY” or “INNOCENT,” and both sides fear jurors may notice them.

“I’ve seen only the ones that say ‘guilty,’ which is troubling to me,” said defense attorney Johnnie Cochran. Prosecutor Marcia Clark countered, “The ones I saw were ‘innocent.”’

Judge Lance Ito said sheriff’s deputies who escort the sequestered jurors already scout the routes of their outings.

The one-word black and white signs are part of an ad campaign for KFI-AM, which broadcasts an hourlong trial analysis.

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