If Jeffrey Toobin could ask O.J. Simpson one question, he’d ask him “Why?” The lawyer and author behind the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday, February 23, to discuss the disgraced athlete’s murder trial in the 1994 deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
“I suppose 'why' is always the question you want to know … and the question that is hardest to answer,” Toobin explained to HuffPost Live. “Why do people do the things they do? Who the hell knows?”
Because the Harvard grad and New Yorker writer isn’t “sure you could ever get a good ‘why' answer,” he’d also like to ask Simpson another question.
“I would like to know what he thought about the whole racial dimension of the case, which was certainly the theme of The Run of His Life … and is one of the great, sort of, paradoxes, because here’s this guy who did his best to try to become a nonracial figure … and yet he winds up being a beneficiary of a defense based on the poisonous relations between the Los Angeles police department and the African-American community,” said the legal analyst, who is portrayed by Chris Conner in the FX series. Toobin is the journalist who broke the story that Simpson’s defense team would accuse the Los Angeles police department of racial bias and of planting evidence against the football star.
Simpson — who was acquitted in 1995 after an eight-month trial — is currently serving time at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, after being found guilty in 2007 of robbing sports memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong at gunpoint in Las Vegas.
Watch the clip above to hear what Toobin thinks of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s portrayal of Simpson and more!
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