Shapiro was part of the legal 'dream team' assembled to defend Simpson in 1995, and he spoke with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Tuesday (May 17th).
Robert Shapiro, the famous American lawyer who formed part of O.J. Simpson’s legal team in the notorious double-murder case of 1995 dubbed ‘the trial of the century’, has revealed what his client told him after he was acquitted.
The 73 year old was interviewed by Megyn Kelly for Fox News on Tuesday evening (May 17th), and revealed some details about what happened after Simpson was declared a free man. “’You had told me this would be the result from the beginning’,” Shapiro recalled the former football player told him, “you were right.”
Lawyer Robert Shapiro pictured in May 2015
Shapiro was part of the so-called ‘dream team’ of lawyers that Simpson assembled in the wake of the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was recently portrayed by John Travolta in the FX mini-series ‘The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story’.
Initially heading up the defense, he soon ceded the lead to the even more famous Johnnie Cochran, but he said that he was confident from the start that Simpson would be acquitted because he felt the Los Angeles County’s prosecution hinged on weak evidence.
“The prosecution wedded themselves to [the] one knife, one killer theory,” the attorney said. “There is a strong possibility that more than one person was involved,” he added, sensationally arguing that the killer may have had an accomplice.
What clinched it for him was when he tried on the infamous ‘bloody glove’ for himself. “It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit wide in my fingers. O.J. Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that glove would not fit him,” Shapiro said, remembering that he told his client to “hold up your hand like you're holding the Olympic torch and pull and tug on that glove, because it will not fit. And it clearly didn’t.”
Megyn Kelly conducted the interview with Shapiro for Fox News
Finally, Kelly asked the lawyer whether he truly believed that Simpson was innocent – after all, the trial was arguably the most famous in American legal history, and split opinion all over America.
“As far as moral justice, I haven't discussed it with anyone, including my wife,” he replied. “If you look at it from a moral point of view a lot of people would say, 'He absolutely did it.' I deal in legal justice, as you did as a lawyer,” he told Kelly, a lawyer herself earlier in her career, “and that’s proof beyond a reasonable doubt. And there’s no question in my mind that any fair juror who saw that case from the beginning to the end would conclude there was reasonable doubt.”
The legal system isn't always fair and doesn't always get everything right, Shapiro acknowledged. “Our system of justice is one that's balanced. We hope and pray that innocent people are never convicted - and the price we pay is that sometimes guilty people can and do go free.”