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Johnnie Cochran
Born October 2, 1937(1937-10-02)
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Died March 29, 2005 (aged 67)
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California
Johnnie Cochran, January, 2001; Phoenix, AZ; ACLU dinner at which he received lifetime achievement award

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.[1] (October 2, 1937March 29, 2005) was an African American lawyer perhaps best known for his leadership in the legal defense of O. J. Simpson, charged with murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.[2] Cochran also represented Sean Combs (during his trial on gun and bribery charges), Michael Jackson, actor Todd Bridges,[3] football player Jim Brown, rappers Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg[4], and Reginald Oliver Denny, the trucker beaten by a mob during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.[2] Cochran was known for his skill in the courtroom and his prominence as an early advocate for victims of alleged police abuse.[1] is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... : Port City , River City , Ratchet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Contemporary view of L.A. from behind the Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947, San Francisco, California) commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Todd Anthony Bridges (born May 27, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor. ... Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. ... Reginald Oliver Denny (born April 21, 1953 in San Pedro, California) was a white construction truck driver who, after being dragged from his truck, was nearly beaten to death by black rioters during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, some of whom where later determined to be gang members. ... For other uses, see Los Angeles riots (disambiguation). ... An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another, especially in a legal context. ...

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Early life

Cochran completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA and earned his law degree at Loyola Law School (part of Loyola Marymount University). He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Loyola Law School is the law school of Loyola Marymount University, a private Jesuit school in Los Angeles, California. ... Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a comprehensive co-educational private Roman Catholic Jesuit university in Los Angeles, California, USA. The University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education. ... Kappa Alpha Psi (KAΨ) is the second-oldest collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African American membership and the first black intercollegiate fraternity incorporated as a national body. ...


Legal practice

Inspired by Thurgood Marshall and the legal victory he won in Brown v. Board of Education, Johnnie Cochran decided to dedicate his life to practicing law. Cochran felt his career was a calling, a double opportunity to work for what he considered to be right and to challenge what he considered wrong; he could make a difference by practicing law. In A Lawyer's Life, Cochran wrote: For people and institutions etc. ... Holding Segregation of students in public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because separate facilities are inherently unequal. ...

"I read everything that I could find about Thurgood Marshall and confirmed that a single dedicated man could use the law to change society."

Despite setbacks as a lawyer, Cochran vowed not to cease what he was doing, saying "I made this commitment and I must fulfill it."[5]


Cochran took a job in Los Angeles as a Deputy City Attorney in the criminal division,[6] after he passed the California bar in 1963. Two years later, he entered private practice and soon opened his own firm, Cochran, Atkins & Evans.[2] In his first notable case, Cochran represented a widow who sued several police officers who had shot and killed her husband. Though Cochran lost the case for his client, Mrs. Leonard Deadwyler, it became a turning point in his career.[1] Rather than seeing the case as a defeat, Cochran realized that the trial itself had awakened the African-American community. In reference to the loss, Cochran wrote, "Those were extremely difficult cases to win in those days. But what Deadwyler confirmed for me was that this issue of police abuse really galvanized the minority community. It taught me that these cases could really get attention" in The American Lawyer." By the late 1970s, Cochran had established his reputation in the black community. He was litigating a number of high-profile police brutality and criminal cases.[1] A bar examination is an examination to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in order to recover a right, obtain damages for an injury, obtain an injunction to prevent an injury, or obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes. ... January 31 1919: David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by batons of the Glasgow police Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. ...


Los Angeles County District Attorney's office

In 1978 Cochran joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as its first African-American Assistant District Attorney. Though he took a pay cut to do so, joining the government was his way of becoming "one of the good guys, one of the very top rung." He began to strengthen his ties with the political community, alter his image and work from within to change the system.[7] Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ...


Five years later, Cochran returned to private practice, reinventing himself as "the best in the West" by opening the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. law firm. In contrast to his early loss in the Deadwyler case, Cochran won $760,000 for the family of Ron Settles, a black college football player who, his family claimed, was murdered by the police. In 1990 he joined a succeeding firm, Cochran, Mitchell & Jenna.[8]


Tort reform

Cochran opposed tort reform[9] and in most of his cases represented plaintiffs in tort actions. He founded The Cochran Firm, a law firm that specializes in personal injury cases and has grown through mergers and partnerships to have offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. Because of his success as a lawyer, Cochran could encourage settlement simply by his presence on a case.[10] According to Jesse Jackson, a call to Johnnie Cochran made "corporations and violators shake."[7] Tort reform is the phrase used by its advocates who claim it is a change in the legal system to reduce litigations alleged adverse effects on the economy. ... A plaintiff, also known as a claimant or complainer, is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. ... This article is about legal torts. ... Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force, which may be physical or chemical. ... The phrase mergers and acquisitions or M&A refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies as well as assets. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Largest metro area Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... ...


Johnnie Cochran's well-honed rhetoric[4] and flamboyance[11] in the courtroom has been described as theatrical. His practice as a lawyer earned him great wealth. He was said to have earned $40 million ($1 million a year) in trying cases. With his earnings, he bought and drove cars such as a Jaguar and a Rolls-Royce, and he wore expensive suits. Cochran owned homes in Los Angeles, two apartments in West Hollywood, and a condo in Manhattan. In 2001, Cochran's accountant estimated that within five years the attorney would be worth $25-50 million. [12] Cochran was also well known for his philanthropy. Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer, originally with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. ... Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by: Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973) Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (2003-present) // Rolls-Royce cars Rolls-Royce Limited vehicles 1904-1906 10 hp 1905-1905 15 hp 1905-1908 20 hp 1905-1906 30 hp 1905-1906... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ...


Clients

Cochran had achieved a reputation as the "go-to" lawyer for the rich and famous, as well as the poor. It was the controversial and dramatic trial of O.J. Simpson, nevertheless, that made Cochran widely known, with opinions of him ranging widely.


Cochran often liked to say that he worked "not only for the OJs, but also the No Js". In other words, he enjoyed defending or suing in the name of those who did not have much in terms of fame or wealth. The most glorious moment as a lawyer, in Cochran's opinion, was when he won the freedom of Geronimo Pratt. Cochran considered the release "the happiest day" of his legal practice.[1] Geronimo Pratt (born 13 September 1947), also known as Geronimo ji-Jaga, was a high ranking member of the Black Panther Party. ...


When Cochran died in 2005, family and friends proclaimed they "were most proud of the work he did on behalf of those in the community" rather than those with wealth and might. In the words of Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, Cochran "was willing to fight for the underdog."[7] Reverend Jesse Jackson believed Cochran was the "people's lawyer."[11] Magic Johnson proclaimed Cochran was known "...for representing O.J. [Simpson] and Michael [Jackson], but he was bigger and better than that." Cochran would have been pleased to know that he was even described as the Thurgood Marshall of his era.[3] Charles Ogletree is a law professor at Harvard Law School who has written books on legal topics, including All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... For people and institutions etc. ...


Michael Jackson

See the child molestation allegations article.

In 1993, Cochran represented singer Michael Jackson in a case of allegations of child molestation. No criminal charges were filed by the police. The father of the child making allegations filed a civil suit against Jackson. Jackson and the family settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...


O.J. Simpson

See the O.J. Simpson murder case

During closing arguments in the Simpson trial, Cochran uttered the now famous phrase, "[I]f the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." He used the phrase as a way to try to persuade the jury that O.J. Simpson could not have murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, because the murderer's gloves did not fit him. According to a number of legal analysts, the phrase was pivotal to the trial. Since Cochran declared, "[I]f it doesn't fit, you must acquit," the phrase has been widely repeated. The O.J. Simpson murder case was a highly publicized U.S. criminal trial in which former football star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder of one of his ex-wives and her friend. ... Nicole Simpson with O.J. Nicole Brown Simpsons Grave at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California Nicole Brown Simpson (May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994) was the wife of American football player O.J. Simpson. ... Ronald Lyle Goldman (July 2, 1968 – June 12, 1994) was murdered in Los Angeles, California in 1994 at the age of 25 along with his friend Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of American football player O.J. Simpson. ...


Johnnie Cochran was criticized by some for bringing up the issue of race. Cochran told the mainly black Simpson jury that police officers were trying to frame O.J. Simpson because of his race.[4] Robert Shapiro, co-counsel on the Simpson defense team, accused Cochran of dealing the "race card" "from the bottom of the deck."[6] In response, Cochran replied it was "not a case about race, it is a case about reasonable doubt...", noting "there are a lot of white people who are willing to accept this verdict."[13] Cochran's effective representation of a man many believed to be guilty generated hostility toward the attorney. At Cochran's funeral, O.J. Simpson expressed his belief that, without Cochran, he would not have been free. Robert Leslie Shapiro (born September 2, 1942 in Plainfield, New Jersey), is a high-profiled attorney who is most notable for being part of the defense team which successfully defended O. J. Simpson from the charges that he murdered his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman in 1994 (the trial... Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase, referring to an allegation often raised against a person who the accuser feels has unnecessarily brought the issue of race or racism into a debate so as to obfuscate a matter of debate. ...


Abner Louima

See Abner Louima article.

Cochran successfully represented Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized with a broomstick while in police custody. Louima was awarded a $8.75 million settlement, the largest police brutality settlement in New York City. Tension broke out between Louima's original lawyers, and the new team headed by Cochran. The former team felt that Cochran and his colleagues were trying to take control of the entire trial.[14] Abner Louima (b. ... Abner Louima (b. ...


Sean "Diddy" Combs

See the Sean Combs article.

In 2000, Sean "Diddy" Combs was indicted on stolen weapons charges as well as bribery. Soon thereafter, Combs hired Cochran. Cochran effectively fought for Combs' freedom, with Combs winning an acquittal.[15] At Johnnie Cochran's funeral, Combs said Cochran saved his life.[3] Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ...


In 2002, Cochran promised Combs this would be Cochran's last criminal case. After that trial, he retired from criminal cases due to their exhausting nature. Though the trial lasted only five to seven weeks, it became too much for Cochran. After the trial, Cochran declined to represent R. Kelly and Allen Iverson in criminal cases where they asked for his defense.[5] R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional rapper. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ...


Popular culture

As a result of Cochran's record in high-profile trials, popular culture has enshrined him as representative of a successful lawyer. Chris Rock's character, Detective Butters, advised a suspect in Lethal Weapon 4 that he had the right to an attorney, but "If you get Johnnie Cochran, I’ll kill you!". Individuals from Bernie Mac in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, to Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" as well as rapper Too Short, 1997's Jackie Brown, Tommy Davidson in the film Woo and Wyclef Jean in his song Thug Angels, have all touted Cochran as their solution in a jam. In the TV show Angel, the evil law firm, Wolfram and Hart, is mostly comprised of demons and daemonic familiars, and is "the law firm that Johnnie Cochran is too ethical to join". Actor Denzel Washington interviewed Cochran as part of his research for the movie Philadelphia[16]. Augustus Gibbons uses Jon E. Cochran as a false identity when visiting Ice Cube's character in military prison, in XXX: State of the Union. Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an Emmy Award winning American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ... Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 film starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. ... The Miranda warning is a police warning that is given to criminal suspects in police custody or in a custodial situation in the United States before they are asked questions relating to the commission of a crime. ... Bernie Mac (born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5, 1957 (sometimes incorrectly given as 1958) in Chicago, Illinois) is a two time Emmy Award-nominated American actor and comedian. ... This article is about the band. ... Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous is a song by Good Charlotte, released in 2003. ... Too Short, or Too $hort, (born Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966) is a rapper who started his career in his hometown of Oakland, California. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... Jackie Brown is a 1997 motion picture, the third film directed by Quentin Tarantino. ... Tommy Davidson (born December 18, 1965 in Washington, D.C., USA) is an American film and television actor. ... A 1997 love comedy film, said to be one of the worst films of all time. ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-American rapper, guitarist, producer, and member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. ... For the South Korean TV series of the same name, see Angel (2007 TV series). ... Wolfram and Hart, Attorneys at Law is an international and interdimensional fictional law firm in the television series Angel. ... Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... Philadelphia is an Academy Award-winning 1993 drama film revolving around the HIV/AIDS epidemic, written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme. ... Media:Example. ...


Cochran was parodied in several films and television shows, including:

  • Mind of Mencia: the ghost of Johnnie Cochran is seen assisting "Judge Carlos" pass judgement on various "cases". The ghost also used several rhyming phrases in vein of the infamous "acquit" quote. In Season 3, the ghost is played by Phil LaMarr.

Cochran himself took these parodies in stride, discussing them in his autobiography, A Lawyer’s Life. Furthermore, he appeared in The Hughleys, Family Matters, The Howard Stern Show, Arli$$, CHiPs '99, Bamboozled, Showtime and JAG. Mind of Mencia is an American television comedy show on the cable channel Comedy Central. ... Phillip Phil LaMarr (born January 24, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and prolific voice actor as well as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv. ... SNL redirects here. ... TV Funhouse is the title of a recurring skit on NBCs Saturday Night Live featuring cartoons created by longtime SNL writer Robert Smigel, as well as a short-lived spinoff series that ran on Comedy Central. ... Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. ... Norm MacDonald Norman Gene MacDonald (born October 17, 1963) is a bilingual Canadian actor and comedian. ... This article is about the TV series. ... For the album based on the episode see Chef Aid: The South Park Album Chef Aid is the 27th episode of Comedy Centrals animated series South Park. ... Jerome Chef McElroy was a recurring character on the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Johnnie Cochran using the Chewbacca Defense against Chef in South Park. ... Phil Morris as Jackie Chiles Jackie Chiles is a fictional attorney portrayed by American actor Phil Morris in the NBC television program Seinfeld. ... Phil Morris (born April 4, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa) is an American TV and movie actor. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Hughleys is a Black sitcom that aired on ABC from September 22, 1998 to May 4, 2000 and on UPN from September 4, 2000 to May 20, 2002. ... Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago. ... This article is about the radio show hosted by Howard Stern. ... Arliss (rendered in its logo as Arli$$) was an American situation comedy on HBO about a sports agent and his group of associates. ... CHiPs 99 is a movie reunion of the 1977-1983 American television series, CHiPs. ... For the teletext, see Bamboozle. ... Showtime is a 2002 comedy/action film starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro and directed by Tom Dey. ... For other uses, see JAG (disambiguation). ...

  • In Big Pun's song Fast Money, Cochran is mentioned.
  • In Bon Jovi's song 'Ain't No Cure For Love', Cochran is referenced by Jon Bon Jovi, who sings 'you can hire Johnnie Cochran, it's too late to save your soul'.

After the Simpson trial, Cochran himself was a frequent commentator on law-related television shows. In addition to being featured on television shows, he hosted his own show, Johnnie Cochran Tonight, on CourtTV. With the Simpson fame also came movie deals.[17] Christopher Lee Rios (November 9, 1971 - February 7, 2000), better known as Big Punisher or Big Pun, was an American rapper of Puerto Rican descent who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. ... Scream 2 is a 1997 film, the second part of the Scream trilogy. ... Timothy David Olyphant (born May 20, 1968) is an American actor. ... This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. ... Alan Morton Dershowitz (born September 1, 1938) is an American lawyer and criminal law professor known for his extensive published works, career as an attorney in several high-profile law cases, and commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict. ... Courtroom Television Network LLC, more commonly known as Court TV, is an American cable television network owned by Time Warner and Liberty Media that launched on July 1, 1991. ...


Death

Johnnie Cochran died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 from a brain tumor.[18] The news came after a year of failing health. In April 2004, Cochran underwent surgery, which led to him staying away from the media. Shortly thereafter, he told the New York Post he was feeling well, and that he was in good health. is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A brain tumor is any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the brain itself (neurons, glial cells (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells), lymphatic tissue, blood vessels), in the cranial nerves (myelin-producing Schwann cells), in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland, or... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ...


Public viewing of his casket was conducted on April 4 and April 5 and a memorial service was held at Little Union Baptist Church on April 8, 2005 in Shreveport. The remains were interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.[19] The funeral was attended by numerous former clients and friends. Among them were Michael Jackson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, Sean "Diddy" Combs, O.J. Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson, actress Angela Bassett, Gloria Allred, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Abner Louima, and others.[3] is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Inglewood Park Cemetery is located at 720 E. Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California. ... Nickname: Location of Inglewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Established 1888 Incorporated February 14, 1908 Government  - Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn Area  - Total 9. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... Alfred Charles Al Sharpton Jr. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969[1]) is an American record producer, CEO, clothing designer, actor, and rapper. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who is particularly known for biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... Gloria Allred on the cover of her book, Fight Back and Win Gloria Rachel Allred (born Gloria Rachel Bloom on July 3, 1941) is an American lawyer and radio talk show host. ... The Mayor of San Francisco is the head of the government of San Francisco, California. ... Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. ... Abner Louima (b. ...


On May 31, 2005, about two months after Cochran's death, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its opinion on Tory v. Cochran. It found that due to Cochran's death, a restriction on Ulysses Tory's defamatory speech regarding Cochran was no longer required. Lower courts, before Cochran died, held that Tory could not make any public comments about Johnnie Cochran in any way.[20] is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This United States Supreme Court case began in California with Johnnie Cochran, the famed attorney who represented O.J. Simpson, suing his former client Ulysses Tory for libel and invasion of privacy. ...


In honor of Cochran, on January 24, 2006, Los Angeles Unified School District officials unanimously approved the renaming of Mount Vernon Middle School, Cochran's boyhood middle school, to Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School, saying he was an "extraordinary, superb lawyer with movie-star celebrity status." There have been mixed reactions about the board of education's decision, primarily because of Cochran's work as a lawyer. For instance, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson has expressed her disappointment with the decision, although she called Cochran "a great defense attorney."[21] Since the school was renamed, others have voiced their ideas of naming a street after Cochran. City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr. wants the city to rename a section of 17th Street, because he feels Cochran was "a great attorney and a great role model who contributed to this community."[22] is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Unified School District (the LAUSD) is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. ... Nicole Simpson with O.J. Nicole Brown Simpsons Grave at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California Nicole Brown Simpson (May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994) was the wife of American football player O.J. Simpson. ... Herb J. Wesson, Jr. ...


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External links

  • The Cochran Firm's website
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