World News January 26, 1995 Part 1


THE DEFENSE HAS DECEIVED THE COURT AND FLOUTED THE LAW.>>IT IS NO LONGER JUST FEAR, YOUR HONOR, THAT THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL IS GOING TO BE DAMAGED, IT IS A REALITY. IT HAS BEEN DAMAGED.>>IN CHINA, AN AMERICAN SATELLITE DESTROYED WHEN A CHINESE ROCKET BLOWS U U AND HIGHER MATHEMATICS [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY CAPITAL CITIES/ABC, INC., AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION]>>>GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH WHAT HAS BEEN AN ELECTRIC DAY AT THE O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL IN LOS ANGELES. THE PROSECUTORS HAVE ACCUSED THE DEFENSE OF POISONING THE MINDS OF THE JURY, ABUSING THE SYSTEM. AND THE LEAD DEFENSE ATTORNEY TOLD THE JUDGE THEY CANNOT SHUT ME UP. THIS ALL BEGAN YESTERDAY WHEN MR. SIMPSON’S LAWYER, JOHNNIE COCHRAN, INTRODUCED THE NAMES OF POTENTIAL NEW WITNESSES AND WHAT THEY MIGHT SAY, IN SOME CASES, IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT BEFORE THE JURY. HE HAD NOT TOLD THE PROSECUTION FIRST. “OUTRAGEOUS,” SAID THE PROSECUTORS. AND THEN LAST NIGHT ONE OF THE PROSECUTORS, WILLIAM HODGMAN, HAD CHEST PAINS AND WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. TODAY WE LEARN HE DOES NOT HAVE HEART DISEASE AND WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO NEXT WEEK. BUT FOR MUCH OF TODAY, THE QUESTION WAS, HOW WOULD THE TRIAL CONTINUE? IT REMAINS THE QUESTION. HERE’S ABC’S BILL REDEKER.>>>BOTH SIDES ARRIVED AT CORD TODAY READY FOR BATTLE. PROSECUTOR MARCIA CLARK HARSHLY ATTACKED DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FOR WHAT THEY TOLD JURORS YESTERDAY.>>THEY’VE BEEN LIED TO. THEY’VE BEEN DECEIVED. THEY’VE GOTTEN HALF TRUTHS FROM COUNSELS. HE HAS DELIBERATELY SHOWN THEM ITEMS THAT WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.>>WITH THE JURY OUT OF THE COURTROOM, CLARK ASKED JUDGE ITO TO PUNISH DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FOR REFUSE TO GO TURN OVER EVIDENCE AND DELIBERATELY WITHHOLDING THE NAMES ARE NOR THAN A DOZEN SURPRISE WITNESSES, SOME MENTIONED DURING YESTERDAY’S OPENING STATEMENT.>>IF MR. COCHRAN WERE STANDING UP AND TELLING THE JURORS THE TRUTH AND HAD NOT HIDDEN HIS WITNESSES FROM US, WILLFULLY, IN VIOLATION OF THIS COURT’S ORDER, WE WOULD NOT BE BEFORE THE COURT TODAY.>>AMONG THOSE WITNESSES MENTIONED BY THE DEFENSE YESTERDAY, MARY ANN GERGIS, WHO IS EXPECTED TO TESTIFY THAT SHE SAW FOUR SUSPICIOUS MEN OUTSIDE NICOLE SIMPSON’S TOWNHOUSE THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS. TODAY DEPUTY PROSECUTOR CHRISTOPHER DARDEN ASKED FOR A 30-DAY DELAY, SAYING IT MIGHT TAKE THAT LONG TO FIND HER.>>WE HAVE ONLY KNOWN OF THIS WITNESS 24 HOURS, AND ALREADY WE KNOW SHE HAS NINE LAWSUITS PENDING. THE D.A.’S OFFICE — IN OUR BAD CHECK SECTION, THERE ARE $10,000 APPROXIMATELY IN BAD CHECKS THAT RELATE TO THIS PERSON.>>PROSECUTORS ALSO ATTACKED THE DEFENSE FOR REFUSING TO TURN OVER TEST RESULTS COMPILED BY DEFENSE EXPERTS, INCLUDING FORENSIC SCIENTISTS HENRY LEE AND AN AUTHORITY ON SPOUSAL ABUSE, DR. LENORE WALKER.>>THAT STUFF EXISTS. IF MR. COCHRAN KNOWS ENOUGH ABOUT DR. WALKER TO TELL THE JURY WHAT SHE’S GOING TO TESTIFY TO, AND IF TESTING THE RESULTS EXISTS — IF ACTUAL TESTS EXIST, IF THERE ARE DEFENDANT — WE HAVE A RIGHT TO ALL OF THAT.>>DARDEN CITED EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE, ARGUING THE DEFENSE FAILED TO SHARE INFORMATION AS REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA’S 2-YEAR-OLD RECIPROCAL DISCOVERY LAW.>>TELL THE JURY THAT THE DEFENSE — THE DREAM TEAM, AMERICA’S FINEST DEFENSE ATTORNEYS — TELL THE JURY THAT THESE LAWYERS HAVE COMMITTED MISCONDUCT.>>PROSECUTORS CALLED THE DEFENSE MISCONDUCT OUTRAGEOUS AND ASKED JUDGE ITO TO DELAY THE TRIAL TO ELIMINATE SOME OF THE DEFENSE WITNESSES, TO ADMONISH THE DEFENSE TEAM IN FRONT OF THE JURORS, AND TO LET THEM ADD TO THEIR OPENING STATEMENT. DEFENSE ATTORNEY COCHRAN CHARGED THAT WAS PLOY, A STALLING TACTIC.>>TO HAVE THEM TALK ABOUT GETTING UP — GIVING A FURTHER OPENING STATEMENT, DO I GET TO REBUT THAT? THEY CANNOT SHUT ME UP, YOUR HONOR.>>BUT LEGAL EXPERTS SAY IT IS LIKELY JUDGE ITO WILL PUNISH THE DEFENSE.>>IT WAS AN ABUSE FOR THE DEFENSE NOT TO DISCLOSE THESE WITNESS STATEMENTS THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO THE DEFENSE MONTHS AGO. THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER THIS ABUSE WAS DONE IN GOOD FAITH, INADVERTENTLY, OR WAS IT DONE FOR STRATEGICAL ADVANTAGE.>>IF JUDGE ITO DETERMINES THAT IS TRUE, IT COULD BE A SETBACK FOR THE DEFENSE. HIS RULING IS EXPECTED SOME TIME LATER THIS AFTERNOON. BILL REDEKER, ABC NEWS, LOS ANGELES.>>>JOINING US NOW FROM LOS ANGELES IS OUR LEGAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, CYNTHIA MCFADDEN. CYNTHIA, HOW SERIOUS IS ALL THIS? IT HAS CERTAINLY HAD STURM UND DRANG ABOUT IT?>>IT CERTAINLY HAS. THE TEMPERATURE IN THE COURTROOM WENT UP CONSIDERABLY THIS AFTERNOON, PETER. THEY HAVE JUST GONE BACK INTO THE COURTROOM. I CAN TELL YOU THIS — AT LEAST OF THE TWO DOZEN COMPLAINTS MADE BY THE PROSECUTION ABOUT TURNING OVER DOCUMENTS AND WITNESS STATEMENTS LATE — AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR OF THEM ARE VERY SERIOUS. IT SEEMS THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT FROM THE JUDGE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO REOPEN THEIR CASE, INCORPORATING WHAT THEY’LL HAVE NOW LEARNED FROM THE DEFENSE SIDE, AS WELL AS, A CONTINUANCE. THE CONTINUANCE OF AT LEAST A WEEK IS PROBABLY VERY LIKELY.>>NOW, THERE’S BEEN SOME TALK AROUND TODAY ABOUT THE JURY BEING FRUSTRATED. THE JURY HAS BEEN SEQUESTERED FOR 16 DAYS AND HASN’T HEARD TESTIMONY TO SPEAK OF.>>WELL, PETER, THEY’VE ONLY BEEN IN THE COURTROOM FOR LITTLE MORE THAN FIVE AND A HALF HOURS. AS YOU SAY, 16 DAYS IN SEQUESTRATION — TALK ABOUT FRUSTRATION. I SHOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT, OF THOSE FIVE AND A HALF HOURS, WE HAVE HEARD IN THE COURTROOM, THERE HAVE BEEN AN ADDITIONAL ALMOST FIVE AND A HALF HOURS OF LEGAL ARGUMENT. SO I THINK, NO DOUBT, WE CAN’T TALK TO THE JURORS. BUT, NO DOUBT, AS HUMAN BEINGS, THEY MUST BE VERY FRUSTRATED.>>AND JUDGE ITO HAS BEEN CLEARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FRUSTRATION. IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, DOES THIS REALLY WEAR ON JURORS?>>I THINK IT DOES WEAR ON JURORS, AND I THINK IT WEARS ON JUDGES. AND IT CERTAINLY IS SOMETHING THE LAWYERS SHOULD WORRY ABOUT. THE DEFENSE CAN’T BE HAPPY WITH THE IDEA OF HAVING THIS TRIAL POSTPONED FOR ANOTHER WEEK OR EVEN ANOTHER FEW DAYS. NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE JOHNNIE COCHRAN HASN’T FINISHED HIS OPENING STATEMENT, THAT MAY ACTUALLY BE AN ADVANTAGE FOR HIM, BUT, REALLY, BECAUSE THE JURORS START TO TAKE IT OUT, PERHAPS, ON THE DEFENDANT.>>>OK, THANKS, CYNTHIA MCFADDEN, LEGAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, LOS ANGELES, AS ALWAYS FOR US. DETECTIVE MARK FUHRMAN, THE INVESTIGATOR WHO FOUND THE BLOODY GLOVE AT MR. SIMPSON’S HOUSE, GOT INTO A SCUFFLE WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER YESTERDAY AT AN AIRPORT IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON. SIGN OF THE TENSION THIS CASE PRODUCED. ACCORDING TO A SPOKANE NEWSPAPER, WHEN THE PHOTOGRAPHER TRIED TO TAKE HIS PICTURE, FUHRMAN SHOUTED, “GET OUT OF MY FACE,” HIT HIM WITH A BRIEFCASE AND PUSHED HIM DOWN. MR. FUHRMAN WAS REPORTEDLY LOOKING FOR A HOUSE IN NORTHERN IDAHO. IN A MOMENT, SOME OF THE DAYS OTHER NEWS. IN A COURTROOM ON NEW YORK’S LONG ISLAND, AN ACCUSED MASS MURDERER IS DEFENDING HIMSELF. A DISASTROUS ACCIDENT DURING A CHINESE ROCKET LAUNCH. AND THE HARROWING TALES>>>ON THE EAST COAST, THERE’S A TRIAL WITH ITS OWN FASCINATION. ON NEW YORK’S LONG ISLAND TODAY, OPENING STATEMENTS IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF COLIN FERGUSON. HE’S THE MAN ACCUSED OF THE MASSACRE ONBOARD A CROWDED COMMUTER TRAIN MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. WHEN FERGUSON’S LAWYER RAISED DOUBTS ABOUT HIS CLIENT’S SANITY, FERGUSON FIRED HIM, AND AGAINST ALL ADVICE IS NOW REPRESENTING HIMSELF. ABC’S JOHN DONVAN WAS IN THE COURT TODAY WHEN FERGUSON ADDRESSED THE JURY.>>>HE DID NOT RANT. HE DID NOT RAVE. HE JUST DIDN’T ALWAYS MAKE SENSE.>>THERE WERE 93 COUNTS TO THAT INDICTMENT. 93 COUNTS ONLY BECAUSE IT MATCHES THE YEAR 1993.>>THE CRIME — DECEMBER 1993, A MAN THAT DOZENS OF WITNESSES SAY WAS FERGUSON WALKED DOWN THE AISLE OF A COMMUTER TRAIN FIRING FROM A PISTOL, KILLING SIX, WOUNDING 19. FERGUSON’S DEFENSE, DELIVERED ALWAYS IN THE THIRD PERSON, “HE WAS THERE, HE HAD A GUN, BUT HE DIDN’T DO IT.”>>AT THE TIME THAT MR. FERGUSON WAS ON THE TRAIN, LIKE ANY OTHER PASSENGER, HE DOZED OFF, HAVING THE WEAPON IN A BAG. SOMEONE OPENED THE BAG, TOOK THE WEAPON OUT OF THE BAG, AND PROCEEDED TO SHOOT.>>IT IS FERGUSON’S RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF THIS WAY, BUT MANY SAY THE COURT IS WRONG TO ALLOW IT. THEY INCLUDE HIS FORMER ATTORNEY, NOW AN ADVISOR, WHO HAD PLANNED AN INSANITY DEFENSE.>>THE COURT APPLIED A LEGAL STANDARD TO COMPETENCE THAT IN ESSENCE SAYS IF YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JUDGE AND A BARTLETT PEAR, YOU’RE COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL.>>THIS IS A CASE OF STEREOTYPE VICTIMIZATION OF A BLACK MAN.>>OTHER NOTORIOUS DEFENDANTS WHO HAVE BEEN THEIR OWN LAWYERS INCLUDE CHARLES MANSON, TED BUNDY, PAUL HILL. THEIR FATES BEFORE A JURY — ALL THREE WERE FOUND GUILTY — SUGGEST THAT COLIN FERGUSON ACTING IN HIS OWN DEFENSE WILL PROBABLY DEFEND HIMSELF ALL THE WAY TO LIFE BEHIND BARS. JOHN DONVAN, ABC NEWS, MINEOLA, NEW YORK.>>>NOW, THE OTHER NEWS TODAY. IN CHINA, $160 MILLION UP IN FLAMES. THROUGHOUT ASIA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD, THERE’S AN ENORMOUS APPETITE FOR NEW TELEVISION PROGRAMING. BUT THERE ARE NOT NEARLY ENOUGH SATELLITES TO DELIVER THE PROGRAMS, WHICH IS WHY THERE WAS LOT RIDING ON TODAY’S LAUNCH OF AN AMERICAN-MADE SATELLITE. ABC’S DEBORAH WANG REPORTS FROM CHINA.>>>THE LAUNCH OF THE $160 MILLION SATELLITE ABOARD A CHINESE-MADE ROCKET WAS BROADCAST LIVE ON CHINESE TV. 52 SECONDS AFTER LIFTOFF, SOMETHING WENT TERRIBLY WRONG. THE ROCKET EXPLODED IN MIDAIR, SENDING PIECES OF FIERY DEBRIS CRASHING TO EARTH. AFTER AN AWKWARD SILENCE, A COMMENTATOR ANNOUNCED THE CHINESE WOULD INVESTIGATE THE PROBLEM, LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE, AND STRIVE FOR SUCCESS. THE ACCIDENT WAS A SETBACK FOR A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE TRYING TO GET A FOOTHOLD IN THE FAST GROWING ASIAN TV MARKET. BROADCASTERS CURRENTLY USE A PATCHWORK OF SATELLITES TO REACH COUNTRIES IN ASIA. THE SATELLITE THAT EXPLODED TODAY WOULD HAVE ENABLED THEM TO REACH AN AREA FROM JAPAN TO AUSTRALIA TO THE MIDDLE EAST, ROUGHLY 2/3 OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION.>>THIS SATELLITE CLEARLY WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE WIDEST ACCESS TO THE MARKET AT A VERY ECONOMICAL PRICE.>>THE CHINESE HAVE BEEN PUSHING AGGRESSIVELY INTO THE SATELLITE BUSINESS, OFFERING LAUNCHES FOR AS LITTLE AS HALF THE PRICE OF THEIR COMPETITORS. BUT TODAY’S ACCIDENT WAS THE SECOND IN AS MANY MONTHS AND IT RAISES THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER CHINA’S CUT-RATE SATELLITE LAUNCHES ARE WORTH THE RISK. DEBORAH WANG, ABC NEWS, BEIJING.>>>IT TURNS OUT TODAY THAT YESTERDAY’S MISSILE SCARE IN MOSCOW HAD THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, BORIS YELTSIN, NERVOUS. MR. YELTSIN SAYS HE USED WHAT HAD HE CALLED HIS BLACK SUITCASE FOR THE FIRST TIME — A HOTLINE TO THE DEFENSE MINISTRY. THE INITIAL REPORT WAS THAT A MISSILE HAD BEEN FIRED FROM SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN EUROPE TOWARDS RUSSIA. IT WAS ACTUALLY A NORWEGIAN RESEARCH ROCKET LAUNCHED IN THE OTHER DIRECTION TO TRACK THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.>>>WE’LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.>>>THERE WAS PRESSURE TODAY TO END THE BASEBALL STRIKE. PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS TOLD THE FEDERAL MEDIATOR TO DRAW UP HIS OWN PROPOSALS FOR A SETTLEMENT IF THE TWO SIDES CANNOT REACH AN AGREEMENT BY FEBRUARY 6.>>THE BATTLE OVER A SALARY CAP REMAINS AT THE HEART OF THE BASEBALL DISPUTE. AND GIVEN THAT A CAP IS FIRMLY IN PLACE IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, IT MAY BE WORTH NOTING THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS. IF THEY SUCCEED THIS SUNDAY IN WINNING AN UNPRECEDENTED FIFTH SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP, ONE REASON MAY WELL BE THE WAY IN WHICH THEY HAVE MADE THE SALARY CAP WORK TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. HERE’S ABC’S ARMEN KETEYIAN.>>>WHEN THE NFL PUT A $34.5 MILLION CAP ON WHAT EACH TEAM CAN SPEND ON PLAYERS’ SALARY THIS IS SEASON, MANY BELIEVE IT MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR PERENNIAL WINNERS LIKE THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS.>>THE CAP WAS SUPPOSED TO DECAPITATE US. SO TO STAY THERE AT THE TOP, REALLY ALMOST SEEMED LIKE AN INSURMOUNTABLE TASK.>>THE TASK FOR 49ER MANAGEMENT THIS SEASON WAS SLASHING MORE THAN $20 MILLION FROM A $58 MILLION PLAYER PAYROLL. THE HIGHEST IN THE LEAGUE, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BUILDING A DEFENSE DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT AN ALREADY EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE.>>WINNING GAMES WITH DEFENSE. AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN LACKING FOR A WHILE.>>TO FILL THAT NEED, TEAM PRESIDENT CARMEN POLICY, OWNER EDDIE DEBARTOLO CREATIVELY MANEUVERED AROUND THE CAP, PAYING SOME $12 MILLION IN 1994 SALARIES IN DECEMBER 1993. RIGHT BEFORE THE CAP KICKED IN. AND THEY DEFERRED MILLIONS MORE IN SALARIES THROUGH THE 1997 SEASON.>>I DON’T THINK WE REALLY FOUND LOOPHOLES IN THE CAP. I THINK WHAT WE DID WAS MAKE SMART LONG-TERM DECISIONS.>>AND CONVINCED A HALF DOZEN FREE AGENT STARS THEY HAD A GENUINE SHOT AT THE SUPER BOWL — IF THEY MADE FINANCIAL SACRIFICES. ONE EXAMPLE ALL-PRO RICKEY JACKSON, WHO SIGNED FOR A MINIMUM SALARY OF $167,000. HE WAS PAID AN $838,000 BONUS WHEN THE NINERS REACHED THE SUPER BOWL. BUT THAT BONUS WILL COME OUT OF NEXT SEASON’S PAYROLL.>>IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO GET THE MONEY, BUT MY THING WAS AS LONG AS WE GET IN THE SUPER BOWL, SOMETHING I NEVER ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE.>>IN THE CASE OF DEION SANDERS, HE TURNED DOWN A FOUR-YEAR $17 MILLION DEAL FROM NEW ORLEANS TO SIGN FOR $1 MILLION THIS SEASON IN SAN FRANCISCO. SANDERS WILL COLLECT AN ADDITIONAL $750,000 IN THE 49ERS WIN THE SUPER BOWL. INCENTIVE DOLLARS OUTSIDE THIS YEAR’S CAP.>>I’M WITH A WONDERFUL TEAM AND WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION AND I’M HAPPY AS HELL, MAN.>>ON SUNDAY, THE WORLD FINDS OUT WHETHER THE 49ERS ADVANCE DEGREE IN SALARY CAPANOMICS PAYS OFF. ARMEN KETEYIAN, ABC NEWS, MIAMI.>>>WE HAVE ONE OTHER STORY TONIGHT ABOUT SPORTS. FROM LONDON, WHERE A SOCCER STAR MAY BE CHARGED BY THE POLICE WITH ASSAULT. ERIC CANTONA, WHO’S A FRENCHMAN PLAYING FOR A BRITISH TEAM, RUSHED INTO THE STANDS AND CLOBBERED FAN WITH A KUNG-FU STYLE DROP-KICK. THE FAN, WHO HAD BEEN HECKLING HIM, WAS NOT SERIOUSLY HURT. WE’LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.

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