Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran – ‘American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson’

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

Actor Courtney B. Vance takes on the role of former OJ Simpson defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran in American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson. He is most famous for his phrase "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," which refers to when Simpson tried on the famous black gloves, evidence in his murder trial. Simpson was on trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Police said they had found a bloody glove at the crime scene and later, police detective, Mark Fuhrman, climbed a wall outside O.J. Simpson's house and said he found a match to the glove. In court, however, the gloves appeared to not fit Simpson, though many protested that the gloves, in fact, should fit. On September 8, 2012, Cochran was accused by Christopher Darden of tampering with the glove that was involved in the Simpson trial. In addition, when Cochran was alive, fellow lawyer Robert Shapiro, co-counsel on the Simpson defense team, accused Cochran of dealing the "race card" "from the bottom of the deck." Cochran's response was that the case was about reasonable doubt, not race. Courtney B. Vance, who plays the role of Johnnie Cochran in the new show, says that he, himself, believes that OJ Simpson committed the murders. He told ABC News: Do I think he did it? I think he did it. Cochran died in 2005 and Vance says he actually was able to meet the lawyer before his death, though he was unfamiliar with his showmanship as an attorney. Vance also talks about what he felt were prosecutor Marcia Clark's mistakes in the OJ Simpson trial. Vance told the Huffington Post: She didn't understand what the case was about," says Vance. "The jury consultants told her it was about celebrity, image and most of all race. She didn't believe it ... She thought she was putting away a monster. Yet at the time he was one of the most likable people in America. She needed to negate that image, and she never did. In Johnnie Cochran's career, he was known for his skills in the courtroom as well as an early advocate for victims of police brutality. Cochran represented a host of celebrities including Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, rapper Tupac Shakur, and actor Todd Bridges. Cochran is reported to have died of a brain tumor at age 67. (FX)

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