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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Unicorns knock off number one ranked Cougars See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza Bandstand HeraldZ 11016 p Of EL PASO TX 4 i 2627 16 Pages in one section Wednesday Oct V1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of JASON QONZALES Vol 143 No 233 Inside Arts and Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kevin Keller Jennifer Hen drix Veronica Vasquez Kelsey Holgenauer six and Jason Gonzales 17 River and aquifer information Comal River270 cubicfeetper from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 01 Guadalupe River 200 New Orleans Night in Gruene The Gruene Mansion Restau rant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Commit tee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene Tuesday Oct 17 from until The Cajunstyle dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee dirty rice with sausage black ened chicken complimentary beer and wine and more The event will benefit the ACS and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala Seating is limited so reserve your tickets by call ing 6296153 or 6064115 Black Heritage Society to meet The Black Heritage Society of New Braunfels will host its next meeting at the Dittlinger Memorial Library Oct 10 at 6 The meeting will consist of the final decisions on the African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance Antique Show and sale The 45th semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braun fels 380 S Seguin St Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will be exhibit quality merchan dise for sale The show and sale will be open three days Friday Saturday and Sunday Oct 12 14 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Many door prizes will be giv en away Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 6250612 or 6204934 Awards banquet tickets on sale Tickets are on sale now for New BraunfelsCanyon Lake Area Association of Realtors annual awards banquet to be held Dec 1 at at the TBarM Conference Center Tickets are and may be bought from any Social Com mittee member or Roxi at the Board Office Seen these photos Several photos submitted for publication to the Herald Zeitung for use in our Comal County Fair special section were picked up with other pho tos in August from the Herald Zeitung front desk The owners of the Fair Queens Court and Rodeo Queens Court parade float pic tures need those photos returned Please call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 if you have any information about these pho tographs Simpson free after not guilty9 verdict Money talks so walks say attorneys By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After almost nine months of testi mony and less than four hours of deliberation the jury in the Simp sqn doublemurder trial acquitted the former football star on all counts Local reaction to the verdict was somewhat mixed Comal County Dis trict Attorney Bill Reimer said he was not surprised by the verdict or the swiftness with which it was reached He said the makeup of the jury pres sure applied by Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran regarding the race and the large amount of mon ey spent by Simpson to cloud the issues and cast doubt led to the ver dict He said the zoolike atmos phere created by the cameras in the courtroom did not help either I was not surprised The jury just wanted to get out and werent going to sit there and debate said Reimer He said questions raised about for mer Detective Mark Fuhrman and racism were important He said the severe tension between the Los Ange les Police Department and minori ties along with the memories of the Rodney King trial made race a rele vant issue Its a question of Do you throw out the baby with the bath This jury decided you do with he said Local attorney Ed Nolan said he was not surprised by the verdict He said a prosecutor was getting death threats and had to hire body guards for his family He said the jurors knew this and got the message that they had better come back with a not guilty If you were on the jury would you come back with a verdict other than not guilty I think its justice by terrorism and I think its a sad com ment on said Nolan Nolan said he hopes this case will be a wake up call for Society to become active and try to rectify this He said he also believes the case will lead to state legislatures passing bills banning cameras from the courtroom He said this is possible because a lot of the trial was tried in the media and before the cameras However a local resident said the quick verdict upset her and made her question how much thought was actually given to the cases presented I just heard about it and I have to say Im a little disappointed in it I think the jurors made up their minds ahead of time before they even had concrete said Helen Cher ry of Canyon Lake Nolan said the verdict was defi nitely a result of months of seques tering He said these jurors were con fined in a type of jail and were ready to get out He said the answer is to sequester the public and limit the information they get and not con fine the jury Reimer said the Simpson case was not indicative of other trials in the justice He said the Califor nia court system is more liberal than the rest of the country and most cas es also do not involve such large amounts of money spent on the defense team Nolan also said the tri al was based on money It wasnt a race was a capital punishment crime and what I believe about capital punishment is that if you have you dont get the said Nolan However the basic question of Simpsons guilt and whether or not it was proven has still not been resolved for many people One local woman said she felt the evidence proved hes definitely and the racial issue drew attention away from the rest of the evidence She also believes there may have been a fear of riots if It was a capital punishment crime and what I believe about capital pun ishment is that if you have the capi tal you dont get the local attorney Ed Nolan a guilty verdict was returned How ever local man said the verdict came back just like I thought it and the prosecution did not prove Simpson was guilty prosecutors didnt prove he was guilty Anyone could commit a murder They didnt prove he did it said Julian Dillon Danny Perez the Executive Direc tor at the Comal County Womens Center said he just wants people to know that there a lot of organizations available to help He said the acquit tal does not erase the serious problem of domestic violence in the United States We just want to say that the acquittal does not take awary the epi demic of violence present in the coun he said There are options for anyone being abused and there are people who want to Perez said that the case was about violence and murder and not about race He said education is important and if Simpson had been held accountable for past events there may not have been a question in the Race should not have been the important factor in the case he said One thing we definitely need to take from this it that abuse is not tied to race gender or socioeconomics It happens in all walks of life It hap pens to said Perez HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Alamo City Heat rocks Memorial Elementary Alamo City Heat made up of San Antonio police officers visited Memorial Elementary School yesterday and per formed for the students The band played everything from country and western music to rap They try to teach students that the police are their friends and to stay out of gangs and off drugs family rejoices Goldmans show outrage LOS ANGELES AP Simpson was acquitted yesterday of murdering his exwife and her friend a suspensefilled climax to the court room saga that obsessed the nation With two words not the jury freed the fallen sports legend to try to rebuild a life thrown into disgrace Simpson looked toward the jury and mouthed Thank after the panel was dismissed He turned to his family and punched a fist into the air He then hugged his lead defense attor ney Johnnie Cochran and his friend and attorney Robert Kardashian Hes going to start his life all over Cochran told reporters later Its over from our Dis trict Attorney Gil Garcetti said After hearing nine months of testi mony the majorityblack jury delib erated less than four hours Monday before reaching the verdict As the vercjicts were read the sister of victim Rohald Goldman broke out in sobs Her father sat back in his seat in disbelief then embraced his daugh ter Simpsons relatives smiled and wiped away tears His son Jason sat in his seat his face in his hands shaking and sobbing Prosecutor Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden sat stone faced Later Simpsons lawyers and rela tives addressed reporters in the court room Me and my family want to thank God withoiit whom I dont know where wed Jason Simpson said He then rezfd a statement from his father Im relieved that this incredible part of this nightmare of June 12 1994 is over My first obligation is to my young children who will be raised the way Nicole and I had always planned When tilings have settled a bit I will pursue us my primary goal in life the killer or killers that have slaugh tered Nicolif and Mr Goldman They are out therp As the family addressed reporters Simpson driven home in a white van along Southern California free ways with news helicopters following a scene eerily reminiscent of the slow speed chase in a white Bronco just before he surrendered at his house on June 17 1994 When he got home he embraced the driver of the Bronco his friend AC Cowlings At an emotional news conference prosecuton shared their deep disap pointment Clark called the prosecu tion team numbers and told them Please dont let this make you lose fajth in our That is the verdict that is the jurys position arid I accept that Darden said Im not bitter and Im not angry Im honored to he said unablff to complete his statement He bowecj his head and was sur rounded by colleagues before he slow ly walked jiway Goldmans father Fred thanked and said the day his son was slain Vas the worst nightmare of my life This is the This pipsecution team did not lose today 1 depply believe that this coun try lost today Justice was not served 1 and my family will do everything in our powpr to bring about the kind of change wont allow what hap pened to ever happen to anoth er family The jury of nine blacks two whites and a Hispanic cleared Simpson of the June murders of his ex wife Nicoje Brown Simpson 35 and her friend Had he been convicted Simpson had faced life in prison without possible parole Instead Judge Lance Ito ordered him taken to the sheriffs department and released Oh Ms Simpsons friend Faye Resrjiick screamed Nicole was right She said he was going to kill her and get away with it He always said he was above the Outside the courthouse a throng of spectators erupted in cheers The curious and an army of media began arriving early yesterday while police went on tactical alert to brace for possible trouble in the streets News helicopters roared outside Barricades blocked the street In the lobby hundreds of people vied for the few precious seats in the courtroom As their lottery numbers were pulled the lucky few cheered They came to take their place in history to experience the verdict of the century It came Monday without warning As the judge brought in the jury two thirds of the hottest seats in town were empty two of the leading attorneys in the case werent even present and most of the media not expecting such a swift upstairs in the press room Is that correct Ito asked the forewoman a black woman in her early 50s who was chosen by her col leagues last week after just three min utes she said Jaws dropped People gasped Simp son appeared stunned as did his attor ney Carl Douglas a secondstringer on the legal team assigned the mun dane task of sitting next to Simpson while testimony was reread Jurors spent about an hour listening to a court reporter read back testimo ny from a limousine driver who took Simpson to the airport on the night of the slayings The jurors who had been sequestered for nine months heard only testimony that prosecutors sug gested they review driver Allan Parks descriptions of phone calls he made to his boss and mother and his efforts to summon a response from Simpson by ringing a bell at the gate to his Rock ingham Avenue estate The verdict capped a legal journey as surreal and at times as slow as Simpsons bizarre Bronco flight from justice As the case moved onto one side street after another it often seemed irrelevant that two young people were slashed to death one June night in Brentwood more than a year ago The case wasnt just about murder It was about fame and wealth love and hate fragile egos and misdirected power It was about the judicial sys tem the media domestic violence racism sexism and crass opportunism America couldnt get enough if it The star of course was Orenthal James Simpson who made it from the housing projects of San Francisco to the mansions of Brentwood with charm good looks and a pair of feet that could run like the wind His public life was the object of envy glory on the football field at the University of Southern California and for the Buffalo Bills fame as a com mercial pitchman for Hertz pop cul ture status for his Naked Gun movie roles His private life was something else Prosecutors said Simpson was a man whose outward strength of body and personality hid psychological weak ness He was they said racked by jealousy plagued with anger bent on control in every situation He was a time bomb The bomb exploded according to prosecutors on June There was never any testimony about where Simpson was for 78 crit ical minutes that night from when his house guest Brian Kato Kaelin last saw him to when he was next seen by the limousine driver Simpsons defense rested on the simple premise that the one place he wasnt that night was 875 S Bundy Drive a few miles away where the throats of Ms Simpson and Goldman were slashed Attitudes are changing when it comes to fire safety See Opinion Page 4   

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