Attorney: We Put Up Photos of Black People in O.J.'s House So He Looked Family Friendly
Lawyers took down photos of white friends to impress the mostly black jury.
In one of the most controversial scenes so far in the blockbuster FX series, The People Vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran is shown pulling a switch just before the jury visits the football star’s mansion.
He personally supervised the removal of photos that show Simpson and his white friends, and the redecoration of the home with African art and photos of the former pro footballer with other African-Americans.
In the scene, Cochran hung a painting by Norman Rockwell, which became an icon of the civil rights movement, over Simpson’s fireplace.
The mansion where Simpson lived has been torn down and a palatial home was built on the site.
The entire neighborhood was sealed off by police so the jury could visit Simpson’s home. The prosecutors were furious when they saw how Simpson’s house had been changed but the jurors had no idea.
David Aldana was on the jury and visited the house that day.
"When we went into the house, we were not allowed to talk, speak, do nothing. We couldn't even cough," he said.
He doesn't feel he was swayed by the interior of the home. "I think the prosecution did stuff too."
Attorney F. Lee Bailey, a member of Simpson’s legal team, told INSIDE EDITION the switch was made to make the house seem more "family friendly."
"We had to get the good-looking women off the walls," he said.
Carl Douglas was also on the defense team.
“We didn't replace all the photos of O.J. with white people. The whole house would have been gone,” he said.
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