December 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Simpson Defense Attacks Fuhrman Suggests Detective Had Plenty Of Time To Plant Bloody Glove

Associated Press

O.J. Simpson’s attorney suggested Wednesday that police detective Mark Fuhrman was able to roam Simpson’s property for 30 minutes - plenty of time to plant a bloody glove.

Lawyer Robert Baker presented his strongest assault on Fuhrman through questioning of retired detective Tom Lange, who said he couldn’t recall whether he had seen Fuhrman at Simpson’s house between 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m.

Fuhrman’s appearance in Simpson’s criminal trial played an important role in that jury’s decision to acquit Simpson of murder charges in the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

But Fuhrman won’t be testifying in Simpson’s civil trial. He was subpoenaed, but the California subpoena is believed to be unenforceable in Idaho, where he now lives. And the judge has barred the use of Fuhrman’s criminal-trial testimony in the civil trial.

So the defense is going after Fuhrman through witnesses such as Lange.

But Lange refused Wednesday to give even the slightest hint of support to Baker’s attack on police and said he will continue to give media interviews defending himself and the Police Department.

“We have been vilified to unbelievable extremes in this case,” the usually quiet Lange said, raising his voice for one of the few times in his testimony. “It’s about time we stood up and replied.”

Lange was steely and Baker often was sarcastic as they clashed in the defense phase of the civil trial which seeks to hold Simpson liable for the two deaths.

When Baker asked if Simpson, in a police interview the day after the killings, had answered all questions completely, Lange said, “He skirted around quite a few.”

“Like you’re doing?” Baker asked.

Lange’s face flushed and he glared at Baker before saying, “Is that a question?”

“I guess it’s a statement,” Baker replied.

Plaintiffs attorney Ed Medvene objected, and the judge said, “Let’s get on with it.”

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