Johnnie Cochran

American lawyer and activist Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. was an American lawyer best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O.  J. Simpson for the murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
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Cosby Is Not O.J.
Huffington Post - 9 months
It is tempting to compare the Bill Cosby trial to the O.J. Simpson trial. And more than a few have. Cosby is a mega celebrity. He’s been practically a household name for decades. He’s got a lot of money. And before his fall and disgrace, he was much admired, and lauded, by millions as a man who embodied the best in fatherhood and family. This is where the similarity with Simpson ends, in and out of court. There was allure and glamor to Simpson’s film and celebrated football career. But he didn’t come close to attaining the wealth and universal fame and admiration the public had for Cosby. It was really the heavy-duty charges and their sensationalism that gripped the media and much of the public in the Simpson case for months on end. He was charged with double murder; and, one of the victims was his estranged wife; his white estranged wife. It was this clash of race and gender that insured that the case would be the subject of endless debate and chatter. It was the first time that...
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Black Stars Who Are Making History
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to activists, pop culture icons and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, we’re focusing on the present ― the history that’s being made right now with this year’s increased numbers of nominees and winners of various screen awards. Many more people of color made the lists this year than in years past, and these include not just actors, but also directors, producers, writers and musicians. Here are some of the more outstanding names for baby name inspiration. August August Wilson ― the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. ― wrote both the play and screenplay for “Fences,” which won him a posthumous Oscar nom. August is by far the most popular month name for boys, now at number 195, and a celebrity favorite.  Ava Ava DuVernay has won several past awards and is the first black woman nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, for her film “13th.”  The n...
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A Woman Managed To Shirk Jury Duty On The O.J. Simpson Trial By Lying About An 'SNL' Sketch
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the mid ‘90s, the O.J. Simpson murder trial dominated the news and our cultural consciousness. The obsession for all things O.J. has returned in recent months, thanks to FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and ESPN’s epic five-part documentary "O.J.: Made in America." There’s so much to say about Simpson that it’s only in Part 4 of the 464-minute doc that we finally get to the trial of the century. The trial became an all out media circus that captivated the country from the moment the former NFL player was arrested on June 17, 1994 to his acquittal on Oct. 3, 1995. And when millions weren’t tuning in to CNN or Court TV for up-to-the-minute coverage of the trial, there’s a good chance audiences were laughing at its many preposterous moments on late night. Despite the fact that this case was about two brutal murders, the crazy court proceedings made the trial an easy target for jokes.  “Made in America” features a short clip from the cold open sketch that...
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This Vintage Interview With Kris And Caitlyn Jenner Before The O.J. Simpson Verdict Is Incredibly Surreal
Huffington Post - about 2 years
With Tuesday night's premiere of "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson," we prepare to look back at a crime that captivated America as everyone watched "the trial of the century" unfold on their television screens for nearly a year.  In the hours before the series attempts to recreate a more than 20-year-old crime saga, we recognize that the trial not only changed media patterns and news cycles, but in many ways is largely responsible for some of the biggest players in the current pop culture landscape -- the Kardashians.  It's still strange to think that a little over a decade before the Kardashian name would come to be associated with reality TV, big butts and celebrity sex tapes, it was tied to the most-publicized trial in history. Robert Kardashian defended Simpson alongside Johnnie Cochran and several other lawyers, while his ex-wife and Nicole Brown Simpson's close friend, Kris Jenner, sat in the court room with then-husband Bruce Jenner (who now goes by Cai...
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Courtney B. Vance: We're Paying Now for Not Paying Attention to Lessons of the O.J. Trial
Huffington Post - about 2 years
If America had paid attention to what was really going on at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says Courtney B. Vance, we might not be suffering the trouble and the death we see in our cities two decades later. American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, an intense 10-part series that launches Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX, digs into the byplay, intrigue, maneuvering and general gamesmanship of the ultra-high-profile 1995 trial in which Simpson (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Vance (above with Gooding) plays Johnnie Cochran, the attorney who guided Simpson's legal "Dream Team" to a come-from-behind victory that stunned much of America. Vance says it shouldn't have, but suggests he knows the reason: because too many of the people who followed the case made the same mistake as prosecutor Marcia Clark (played by Sarah Paulsen). "She didn't understand what the case was about," says Vance. "The ju...
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Gather 'Round, You Young Folks: It's Time Your TV Told You Not One, But Two Stories About O.J. Simpson
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Whoever decided we need to revisit O.J. Simpson's life and murder case with two multi-part television documentaries should now raise his or her hand and explain. Oh, don't bother. They're here. OJ: Made in America, a five-part miniseries in ESPN's first-rate 30 For 30 series, will debut Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival before airing on ESPN in June. FX's The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story, a 10-part miniseries, starts play Feb. 2. You could say there's an anniversary somewhere in here, since October marked 20 years since O.J. was found not guilty in the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole. Connor Schell, senior vice president of ESPN Films, also reminded TV writers in Pasadena Tuesday that to a whole younger generation, the O.J. story isn't a rerun. No matter how indelibly Americans from the 1990s remember the media tsunami that surrounded his arrest and trial, Schell correctly observed, "Most people under 30 don't." Either way, both ES...
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Which TV Vet Has Been Cast as Johnnie Cochran in American Crime Story: People vs. O.J. Simpson?
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ryan Murphy is adding another illustrious name to the cast of his upcoming series American Crime Story: People vs. O.J. Simpson. Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum Courtney B. Vance has been tapped to play O.J. Simpson's lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Game of ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson Courtney B. Vance
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Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story Books a Law & Order Vet to Play Johnnie Cochran
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ryan Murphy has signed another illustrious name to the first season of his upcoming true-crime anthology series American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum Courtney B. Vance has been tapped to play O.J. Simpson's lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cochran's most memorable moment during the infamous trial came during his closing arguments, when he argued to the jury, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," in reference to a glove found at the crime scene that Simpson tried on in court. Cochran later defended other celebrities in court, including Sean Combs, before dying of a brain tumor in 2005. At Cochran's funeral, Simpson said he believed he would not have been acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend it not for Cochran. Vance joins a star-studded ensemble for the FX project, which is set to debut next year. John Travolta will play defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer will p...
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Money Talks
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last time I checked, we aren't forced to sit in the back of the bus, and we aren't drinking from separate water fountains. So why in the world would we, the Black community and other minorities, tolerate such blatant disrespect as what corporate America has shown us? As the recently reported incidents of profiling, interrogation and detainment of customers at Barneys and Macy's have showcased, large entities from the private sector not only blatantly discriminate against us, they also establish a practice of criminalizing entire groups of people. But it even goes a step further: they insult us over and over again by systematically failing to do business with us. Companies are quick to take our dollars, but slow or non-existent to invest in our business ventures, in our ideas and in our communities. It's time for a drastic change, and as the old adage goes, money talks. Two years ago, Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association released a report on the state of the Afr...
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John Cochrane: Think Government Is Intrusive Now? Wait Until E-Verify Kicks In
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
There's a monster lurking in proposed immigration reform, one that bureaucrats will find irresistible.
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'Big Brother': 10 wackiest moments
Entertainment Weekly - over 4 years
By John Cochran ''Survivor'' winner/''Big Brother'' superfan John Cochran makes his picks
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'Big Brother': 10 wackiest moments
Entertainment Weekly - over 4 years
By John Cochran ''Survivor'' winner/''Big Brother'' superfan John Cochran makes his picks
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Shaun Ossei-Owusu: Blacks, Bill Cosby and Deviance
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Bill Cosby enthusiast. Arguably even an apologist. Superficially, there's always been something about his safe, family friendly humor and eccentric sweater style (which Urban Dictionary troublesomely describes as akin to a vomiting of Fruity Pebbles). He also wears hoodies. I love hoodies. More substantively, like many hip-hop and Reagan babies, I've always been appreciative of the positive images of blackness offered in much of his programming from The Cosby Show to A Different World. These representations were an encouraging reprieve from the crack-riddled South Bronx that I grew up in as a kid. Moreover, as is well known, his shows were a sharp break from the depictions of black deviance that were in vogue in the 1980s and 1990s (and arguably still popular). But Dr. Cosby is continuously making it harder for me to vouch for him. Sometimes I feel like the late Johnnie Cochran defending this man. A recent piece by the entertainer t...
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John W. Boyd Jr.: Shame on The New York Times for Their Black Farmers and "Spigot" Story
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Shame on The New York Times for the bias that was so evident in last week's front page story titled "Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Bias." It clearly implied that even meager restitution was underserved and we were unworthy plaintiffs, although we successfully proved racial discrimination in federal farm loan practices. The headline was an immediate giveaway, (no pun intended) that this story intended to make a case against legally won payments to offset generations of injustice in federal farm loan practices. Then, early in the story the reporter writes, "What is more, some protested, the template for the deal-the $50,000 payouts to black farmers-had proved a magnet for fraud." Was the purpose of this observation to challenge our hard fought case and support a different outcome? Did it aim to doubly penalize those of us the court found had been wronged -- for generations? Alarmingly, this reporter interviewed career USDA lawyers and career senior employees for h...
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Rev. Al Sharpton: Profiling Helps the Terrorists
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
In the 1990s, National Action Network and I worked on a case with the late Johnnie Cochran where we introduced the term racial profiling into America's lexicon. Four young Black and Latino men from New York were traveling to North Carolina for a basketball tournament when two White police officers pulled them over on the New Jersey Turnpike and opened fire, injuring three of them. Profiling, whether it be racial, religious, or any other kind, is a poison on society that can unknowingly chip away at its principles. After the catastrophic Boston marathon bombings, we must take great measure in making sure that in our diligent pursuit of all responsible parties, we do not begin down a slippery slope of profiling and demonizing entire groups, religions or ethnicities. Profiling based on race or religious affiliation is not only immoral and unproductive, but it also gives more power to those wrongdoers that fall outside of the profile. As I've echoed for decades, these kinds o...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 9, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Louisville, the top overall seed in the tournament, wins the NCAA basketball championship beating Michigan 82-76. The injured Louisville Cardinal Kevin Ware helped cut down the net after last night's win. Want to see a bad call? This Joe Nathan pitch was ruled strike three to end the game as Texas beat Tampa Bay 5-4. Home plate ump Marty Foster later admitted he blew the call. Banner night. Fans protesting the sorry state of the Miami Marlins are ejected from the stadium. One week into the baseball season, if the playoffs began today, the Red Sox and Mets would both be in. 2. What Now? So now that Louisville has kept the NCAA title in the state of Kentucky, what now? For one thing we know that Louisville won't defend its Big East title, they're no longer in the Big East. And of course there's the annual college question "which players go pro?" ...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 67
    On May 31, 2005, two months after Cochran's death, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its opinion on Tory v. Cochran.
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    Public viewing of his casket was conducted on April 4, at the Angelus Funeral Home and April 5, at Second Baptist Church, in Los Angeles and a memorial service was held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, on April 6, 2005 in Los Angeles.
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  • 2004
    Age 66
    In April 2004, Cochran underwent surgery, which led to him staying away from the media.
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  • 2002
    Age 64
    In 2002, Cochran told Combs that this would be his last criminal case.
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  • 2001
    Age 63
    In 2001, Cochran's accountant estimated that within five years the attorney would be worth 25–50 million.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 52
    In 1990 he joined a succeeding firm, Cochran, Mitchell & Jenna, and joined Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith in 1997.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 40
    In 1978, Cochran returned to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as its first black assistant district attorney.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 26
    In 1964, the young Cochran received one of his first celebrity cases, Lenny Bruce, who had recently been arrested on obscenity charges, and Cochran was assigned the case.
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  • 1963
    Age 25
    Cochran took a job in Los Angeles as a deputy city attorney in the criminal division after he passed the California bar in 1963.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from the Loyola Law School in 1962.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 17
    Cochran later graduated first in his class from Los Angeles High School in 1955.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on October 2, 1937.
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