A member of Simpson’s legal “dream team,” Shapiro helped the former football star get acquitted in the 1995 double-murder trial, a shocking climax to the televised court case that gripped the nation.
Here are the five most shocking statements the 73-year-old attorney made during the revealing interview.
1. Simpson’s First Words After the Not-Guilty Verdict
As the weight lifted from his shoulders, the former NFL pro turned to Shapiro in an intimate attorney-client exchange.
“You had told me this would be the result from the beginning,” Shapiro said Simpson whispered to him at the time. “You were right.”
2. Shapiro Tried on the Infamous Bloody Glove
Shapiro said he was sure from the beginning that Simpson would go free – and his confidence was bolstered when he tried on the glove found at the crime scene himself.
“It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit wide in my fingers,” the attorney told Kelly. “O.J. Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that glove would not fit him.”
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Simpson famously tried on the shrunken glove in front of the jury that would decide his fate.
Shapiro said he instructed his client to march up to the jury and “hold up your hand like you’re holding the Olympic torch and pull and tug on that glove, because it will not fit.”
He added: “And clearly it didn’t.”
3. There May Have Been Two Killers
Prosecutors in the high-profile case focused on Simpson as the lone suspect, but Shapiro told Kelly that they should have cast their net wider.
“The prosecution wedded themselves to one knife, one killer theory,” he said. “There is a strong possibility that more than one person was involved.”
This isn’t the first time authorities have taken their gaze off Simpson in the case. Private detective Bill Dear suspected that the real killer was Jason Simpson, O.J.’s son from his first marriage – a theory that is the focus of an upcoming Investigation Discovery docu-series featuring executive producer Martin Sheen.
In 2012, Clay Rogers, the brother of serial killer Glen Rogers, claimed in a previous Investigation Discovery documentary that Glen confessed to killing Brown and Goldman while on death row in Florida.
4. Differences Between Judicial and Moral Justice
Shapiro told Kelly that there is a difference between “moral justice and legal justice,” and noted that the prosecution never proved the case “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
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“If you look at it from a moral point of view, a lot of people would say, ‘He absolutely did it,’ ” the attorney admitted to Kelly, a former attorney. “I deal in legal justice, as you did as a lawyer.”
Although he would not reveal whether he thinks Simpson is guilty, Shapiro said there is “no question” in his mind that “any fair juror who saw that case from the beginning would conclude there was a reasonable doubt.”
“As far as moral justice, I haven’t discussed it with anyone, including my wife,” he said.
The legal system isn’t always fair, Shapiro acknowledged.
“We hope and pray that innocent people are never convicted,” he said. “And the price we pay is that sometimes guilty people can and do go free.”
5. Shapiro Says He Outwitted Marcia Clark
Shapiro told Kelly that he “outmaneuvered” the prosecutor by tricking her into believing he wasn’t ready – which he said contributed to the defense team’s success.
“The judge asked, ‘Mr. Shapiro, what’s your position?’ ‘Your honor, we’re ready for trial.’ Looks at Marcia Clark and says, ‘Call your first witness,’ ” Shapiro recalled.
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“And you could see the blood come out of her face, and from that day on, I knew, there would be no conviction,” he added.
BONUS: Simpson Still Owes Him Money
Although the embattled former NFL pro was given his freedom in the double-murder case, Simpson was found liable in a 1997 civil trial, and convicted of robbery in 2008 after a failed sports-memorabilia heist in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
For that case, Shapiro was not in his corner.
“I wouldn’t have taken the case in any event,” Shapiro said. “He still owed me money from the first one.”