Robert Shapiro: I Tried On Infamous Glove Before OJ

'I knew that the glove would not fit him'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2016 11:34 AM CDT
Robert Shapiro: I Tried On Infamous Glove Before OJ
Robert Shapiro, seen here in 2013, admitted this week that he tried on the infamous glove first to make sure it wouldn't fit OJ Simpson.   (AP Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," Johnnie Cochran famously said during the OJ Simpson trial. In a new interview, Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro admits he tried the glove on beforehand and had a good idea of what was going to happen, NBC News reports. "It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit long in my fingers," he told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday. "OJ Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that the glove would not fit him." And he was confident of that fact. “I want you to walk as close to the jury as you can, hold up your hand like you’re holding the Olympic torch, and pull and tug on that glove, because it will not fit," Shapiro recalls telling Simpson during the trial, according to ABC News. He says the idea that he was potentially trying on a killer's glove is "kind of an eerie thought."

Sharpiro's interview with Kelly is the first time he's given new details on the Simpson trial in two decades. In it, he reveals what Simpson whispered to him immediately after he was acquitted: "You told me this would be the result from the beginning. You were right." He also casts doubt on Simpson's moral innocence. "If you look at it from a moral point of view a lot of people would say, 'He absolutely did it,'" People quotes Shapiro as saying during the interview. He says making sure innocent people aren't convicted sometimes means guilty people go free. But in terms of Simpson's legal innocence, Shapiro says he's absolutely certain. "There's no question in my mind that any fair juror who saw that case from the beginning to the end would conclude there was reasonable doubt." (More Robert Shapiro stories.)

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