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Plaintiff Attorneys Attack Defense Authenticity Expert

O.J. Simpson’s photo expert was attacked in court Friday as a conspiracy nut and high school dropout who’s unqualified to analyze, much less brand as fake, a photo of Simpson in Italian shoes.

In the most contentious cross-examination of Simpson’s wrongful death trial, a plaintiff lawyer portrayed Robert Groden as a Kennedy conspiracy buff with a desire to capitalize on the Simpson case. Simpson’s lawyer countered by accusing the plaintiffs of “character assassination.”

Simpson, who initially was scheduled to testify Friday before jurors took off for a two-week holiday break, was not in court as he awaited a decision in his battle over custody of his two young children.

The photo which Groden analyzed for the defense was the only powerful new piece of evidence to surface after Simpson was acquitted of the killings. It shows Simpson wearing the same style of Bruno Magli shoes as the killer.

Simpson has insisted from the outset that the picture is a fake.

Groden admitted he’d done some questionable things - like selling John F. Kennedy autopsy information to a supermarket tabloid and taking part in a JFK motorcade attraction in Dallas that included a tape recording of gunshots as tourists drove along the assassination route.

He said his “life’s work” is studying the JFK assassination and he has written five books promoting a conspiracy theory.

The civil case recessed Friday for the Christmas holidays. Trial is scheduled to resume Jan. 6.



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