New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday, Oct. 4,-1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of JASON GONZALES
Vol. 143, No. 233Inside
Arts and Entrtainment.....................8
Comics..........................................11StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kevin Keller, Jennifer Hen* drix, Veronica Vasquez, Kelsey Holgenauer (six years), and Jason Gonzales (17 years.)
River and aquifer information
Comal River -270 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 4 c.f.s. from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624.93 feet above sea level, up .01.
Guadalupe River — 200 c.f.s.New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened 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 calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.Black Hsritaga Society to meet
The Black Heritage Society of New Braunfels will host its next meeting at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
The meeting will consist of the final decisions on the African Extravaganza Style Show and DanceAntique Show and sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin St. Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will be exhibit quality merchandise for sale. The show and sale will be open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-14
Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Many door prizes will be given away. Admission is still only $2.50, which is good for all three days. For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934.Awards banquet tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale now for the New Braunfels-Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors annual awards banquet to be held Dec 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the T-Bar-M Conference Center Tickets are $17 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 Coma County Fair special section were picked up with other photos in August from the Herald Zeitung front desk.
The owners of the Fair Queen’s Court and Rodeo Queen's Court parade float pie tures need those photos returned Please call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144 if you have any information about these photographs.
Simpson free alter ‘not guilty9 verdict
Money talks, so O.J. walks, say attorneys
By DENISE DZIUK
After almost nine months of testimony and less than four hours of deliberation, the jury in the OJ. Simpson double-murder trial acquitted the former football star on all counts.
Local reaction to the verdict was somewhat mixed. Comal County District 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, pressure applied by Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran regarding the “race card”, and the large amount of money spent by Simpson to cloud the issues and cast doubt led to the verdict. He said the “zoo-like atmosphere” created by the cameras in the courtroom did not help either.
“I was not surprised. The (jury) just wanted to get out and weren’t going to sit there and debate it,” said Reimer.
He said questions raised about former Detective Mark Fuhrman and racism were important. He said the severe tension between the Los Angeles Police Department and minorities, along with the memories of the Rodney King trial, made race a relevant issue.
“It’s a question of 'Do you throw out the baby with the bath water.' This jury decided you do, with Fuhrman,” 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 verdict.”
“If you were on the jury, would you come back with a verdict other than not guilty. I think it’s justice by terrorism, and I think it’s a sad comment on society,” 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 I’m a little disappointed in it. I think the jurors made up their minds ahead of time, before they even had concrete evidence,” said Helen Cherry, of Canyon Lake.
Nolan said the verdict was definitely a result of months of sequestering. 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 confine the jury.
Reimer said the Simpson case was “not indicative of other trials in the justice system.” He said the California court system is more liberal than the rest of the country, and most cases also do not involve such large amounts of money spent on the defense team Nolan also said the trial was based on money.
“It wasn’t a race crime...It was a capital punishment cnme, and what I believe about capital punishment is that if you have the capital you don’t get the punishment,” said Nolan.
However, the basic question of Simpson’s 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 “he’s definitely guilty”, and the racial issue drew attention away from the rest of the evidence. She also believes there may have been a fear of nots if
‘It was a capital punishment crime, and what I believe about capital punishment is that if you have the capital you don’t get the punishment.’
— local attorney Ed Nolan
a guilty verdict was returned. However, local man said the verdict came back “just like I thought it would,” and the prosecution did not prove Simpson was guilty.
“(The prosecutors) didn't prove he was guilty. Anyone could commit a murder. They didn’t prove he did it though,” said Julian Dillon.
Danny Perez, the Executive Director at the Comal County Women’s Center, said he just wants people to know that there a lot of organizations available to help. He said the acquittal does not erase the serious problem of domestic violence in the United States.
“We just want to say that the acquittal does not take away the epidemic of violence present in the country,” he said. “There are options for anyone being abused, and there are people who want to help.”
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 case.” 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 socio-economics. It happens in all walks of life. It happens to everyone,” said Perez.
Herald-Zeitung 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 performed 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.
O.J.’s family rejoices, Goldmans show outrage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson was acquitted yesterday of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, a suspense-filled climax to the courtroom saga that obsessed the nation. With two words, “not guilty,” the jury freed the fallen sports legend to try to rebuild a life thrown into disgrace.
Simpson looked toward the jury and mouthed, “Thank you,” after the panel was dismissed. He turned to his family and punched a fist into the air. He then hugged his lead defense attorney, Johnnie Cochran Jr., and his friend and attorney Robert Kandashian.
“He’s going to start his life all over again,” Cochran told reporters later.
“It’s over from our viewpoint,” District Attorney Gil Garcetti said.
After hearing nine months of testimony, the majority-black jury deliberated less than four hours Monday before reaching the verdict.
As the verdicts were read, the sister of victim Ronald Goldman broke out in sobs. Her father sat back in his seat in disbelief, then embraced his daughter.
Simpson’s 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 stonefaced.
Later, Simpson’s lawyers and relatives addressed reporters in the courtroom.
“Me and my family want to thank God, without whom, I don’t know where we’d be," Jason Simpson said. He then read a statement from his father:
“I’m 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 things have settled a bit, I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers that have slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman. They are out there somewhere.”
As the family addressed reporters, Simpson was driven home in a white van along Southern California freeways, 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 A.C. Cowlings.
At an emotional news conference, prosecutors shared their deep disappointment. Clark called the prosecution team members “wonderful,” and told them, “Please don’t let this make you lose faith in our system.”
“That is the verdict, that is the jury’s position, and I accept that verdict,” Darden said. “I’m not bitter and I’m not angry I’m honored to have ...,” he said, unable to complete his statement. He bowed his head and was surrounded by colleagues before he slowly walked away.
Goldman’s father, Fred, thanked prosecutors and said the day his son was slain “was the worst nightmare of my life. This is the second.
“This prosecution team did not lose today. I deeply believe that this country lost today. Justice was not served.
I and my family will do everything in our power to bring about the kind of change that won’t allow what happened today to ever happen to another family again.”
The jury of nine blacks, two whites and a Hispanic cleared Simpson of the June 12, 1994, murders of his exwife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her 25-year-old friend Had he been convicted, Simpson had faced life in prison without possible parole.
Instead, Judge Lance Ito ordered him taken to the sheriff s department and released “forthwith.”
“Oh God!” Ms. Simpson’s friend Faye Resnick screamed. “Nicole was nght. She said he was going to kill
her and get away yvith it. He always said he was above the law.’
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 die 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 weren’t even present, and most of the media — not expecting such a swift verdict — were upstairs in the press room.
“Is that correct?’’ Ito asked the forewoman, a black woman in her early 50s who was chosen by her colleagues last week after just three minutes.
“Yes,” she said.
Jaws dropped. People gasped Simpson appeared stunned, as did his attorney, Carl Douglas, a second-stringer on the legal team assigned the mundane task of sitting next to Simpson while testimony was reread.
Jurors spent about an hour listening to a court reporter read back testimony 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 suggested they review: driver Allan Park’s 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 Rockingham Avenue estate.
The verdict capped a legal journey as surreal — and at times as slow — as Simpson’s 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 wasn’t just about murder. It was about fame and wealth, love and hate, fragile egos and misdirected power. It was about the judicial system, the media, domestic violence, racism, sexism and crass opportunism America couldn’t 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 mn 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 commercial pitchman for Hertz, pop culture 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 weakness. 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 12, 1994.
There was never any testimony about where Simpson was for 78 critical minutes that night, from when his house guest Brian “Kato” Kaehn last saw him to when he was next seen by the limousine driver
Simpson’s defense rested on the simple premise that the one place he wasn't that night was 875 S. Bundy Drive a few miles away, where the throats of Ms. Simpson and Goldman were slashedAttitudes are changing when it comes to fire safety. See Opinion, Page 4.