Defense lawyers suggest Fuhrman could have planted glove
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SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- Defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson civil trial suggested Wednesday that key evidence used against him may have been contaminated by sloppy police work.
Without being able to subpoena former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman -- who moved out of state to Idaho -- the defense questioned one of his former colleagues, retired Detective Tom Lange, about the bloody glove found at Simpson's estate.
Lange was asked if he could account for every moment of Fuhrman's time while they inspected Simpson's estate the day after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Lange said he could not.
"He was in and out of my vision. I don't know where Mr. Fuhrman was all the time he was there. I was focusing on other things," he said.
"You don't know that Detective Fuhrman was leaving the vicinity so he could be all by himself to have the opportunity to plant a glove, do you?" asked Simpson attorney Bob Baker.
A quick objection was immediately sustained.
Simpson was acquitted last year of killing his ex-wife and Goldman in 1994. He is being sued by the victims' families, who contend he is liable for the deaths.
Racist cop accusation
Simpson's defense attorneys are trying the same technique used so well in the criminal trial, namely, to suggest Fuhrman was a racist cop who may have planted the bloody glove at Simpson's house to frame him.
The defense showed a videotape of criminalist Dennis Fung at the crime scene. He is seen carrying a sack that Simpson's lawyers suggested may have contained the glove found at Simpson's estate. The idea is that the glove may have been contaminated at the crime scene.
Criminalist Susan Brockbank admitted on the stand that the two gloves, a cap found near the crime scene and a piece of carpet from Simpson's Bronco were all stored in the same box at the crime lab, although each was bagged separately.
Stephen Valerie, who sat near Simpson on a red-eye flight to Chicago the night of the killings, described Simpson as a jovial passenger. He said he examined Simpson's fingers because he was hoping to see a Super Bowl ring, and saw no cuts.
But during cross-examination, Valerie admitted he was not sitting that close to Simpson, the plane was dark on the overnight flight and he really did not know if Simpson had finger cuts.
Former Simpson house guest Kato Kaelin will apparently return to the witness stand despite objections by plaintiffs' lawyers. Baker said Kaelin has made several inconsistent statements in interviews since testifying earlier in the civil trial.
Correspondent Anne McDermott contributed to this report.
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