O.J. Simpson's possible role in the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman in 1994 recaptured the nation's attention last year with the premiere of the FX show American Crime Story. The focus was not just on the victims and the suspects (Simpson was acquitted of all charges), but the prosecutors who carried the case played a large role in the show too. Given how big of a deal the case was to her, you might wonder whether former prosecutor Marcia Clark will be watching Simpson's parole hearing.
She very well may be. Much of the country will tune in to what is being heralded as the "Parole Hearing of the Century," just as Simpson's trial, one of the first live broadcast from the courtroom was deemed the "Trial of the Century." It will be broadcast on many networks beginning at about 1 p.m. ET or you can live-stream it from the official Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners website.
And Clark would have more reason to watch than many. The trial was her last; after the "not guilty" verdict, she quit practicing law and wrote a book. Nonetheless, the last big television event regarding Simpson, the FX television show, did not originally entice Clark. She explained in an interview with The Telegraph that it brought up bad memories of the time of the trial:
My heart really sank when I heard the series was going to happen. I didn’t want to relive this nightmare that was traumatizing on every level. Because really I believed I was just seeing the justice system thwarted every single day. Two people were dead, and nobody seemed to care. The whole thing had just become a circus.
Clark also discussed the possibility of parole in the interview, meaning she was aware of it as a looming possibility. She claimed that Simpson has had it relatively easy in prison and seemed to think it wouldn't have caused much trouble. "I’m sure he hasn’t been a problem prisoner,” she explained to The Telegraph. “He’s older and disinclined to be problematic. ... But look: it’ll be up to the parole officers."
Today, Clark is likely preparing for the upcoming release of her new book, book Snap Judgement in August. It's the third in a fictional series about Samantha Brinkman, a defense attorney that handles headline grabbing cases and then does whatever it takes to get her clients out of the tricky situations they find themselves in.
But when The Telegraph asked her about Simpson, Clark gave away how troubling the verdict remains for her, even all these years later.
"All I know is that we went in and we fought hard every single day to the point where I ate and breathed and slept the case. I gave it every fibre of my being and although in the past I have said I felt guilty that the killer was never brought to justice, that implied that I didn’t fight hard enough," she told the newspaper. "No, what I really felt was horribly badly for the families I couldn’t deliver justice to. And I always will."