Cochran, the attorney, best known for successfully
defending O.J. Simpson against double-murder charges,
died yesterday at the age of 67.
Already a well-known attorney when he took on the
Simpson case, Cochran
became perhaps the best known lawyer in the world
after the "not guilty" verdict came in.
Cochran also became a part of pop culture,
inspiring parodies of himself on shows from "Seinfield"
Park" to "Saturday
Night Live." Cochran's line, "If
it doesn't fit, you must acquit" became a catch phrase
throughout the country. And to his credit Cochran
took it all in stride.
I imagine that Cochran was able to laugh along with
everyone because he was confident in his abilities as an
attorney. Many people forget that in addition to
his involvement in the Simpson case, Cochran
also successfully defended James Brown, Todd Bridges
[attempted murder], Tupac, Snoop Dog and many
I imagine that some folks aren't going to mourn Cochran's
passing due to their anger over the Simpson verdict.
And while that's their right, I believe that their anger
is misdirected. If people want to be angry about the Simpson
case, then look to OJ Simpson, or the jury
or even the prosecution. To be angry with Johnnie
Cochran because he was able to win what should have
been an unwinable case, that's just silly.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends
of Johnnie Cochran.