Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Pardon Me For Being A Sourpuss, But...

I don't know when exactly defending, not to mention freeing, murderers became an admirable quality, but apparently it has.

Johnnie Cochran has died, and while there are those who claim he will go straight to Hell and act as Satan's lawyer, the larger sentiment seems to be that Cochran was a good man.

I don't know. Admittedly, I'm not an expert on Cochran's career. In fact, it wasn't until yesterday that I did any in-depth reading of his biography. In doing so, I discovered that Cochran had done plenty of admirable work over his career, fighting for the poor, fighting for the wrongly accused, fighting the brutally abusive power of the police, and winning. Winning big.

Yes, I was actually surprised at how much Cochran had accomplished, at how much good he had done in an often corrupt and unjust world. Props all around. Anyone who fights for the little guy, and who topples those who abuse the rights of power, is cool with me.

However, somewhere along the line Cochran lost the plot. He defended OJ Simpson, who was more guilty than a wolf in chicken roost. He defended Tupac. He defended Snoop Dogg. He defended Sean "Puffy" Combs. In other words, he defended guys who, almost undeniably, were guilty.

And why? Because they were rich? Because they were black? Because they were high-profile cases that would stroke Cochran's ego?

Or perhaps because Cochran had not much of a conscience?

Sure, there are those who will say that Cochran only did his job as OJ's lawyer. And they will say he did it very, very well. And they would be right. However, nobody forced Cochran to defend OJ. That was his choice.

Is there a possibilty that Cochran honestly believed in OJ's innocense? Sure, and that would change everything. So let's pause to consider this possibilty...


Ah, that laugh felt good. Much better.

Look, Cochran likely knew OJ was guilty, likely felt it in his heart, yet defended him anyway. He freed him. That was Cochran's decision. He had to live with it and die with it.

As for Tupac (whose music I love), Snoop Doog (who I find hilarious), and Puffy (who I can't stand), they, too, were defended by Cochran. Tupac was accused of sexual assault, Snoop and Puffy accused of accessory to murder.

An here's the rub - they were all probably guilty. Do you really doubt it? Come on.

So when did Cochran's consience kick in? When? Or did his conscience leave him somewhere around the time he was raising two separate families completely unbeknownst to one another?


OK, I'm going to detour here. I'm going to bring up the dreaded race card. I hate to do it, but I will do so because A) Cochran himself did it at the OJ trial, and B) I have an enormously large penis, making me feel a kinship with the black man. (Five inches is large, right? Right? Right?) But remember, I'm just throwing it out there (my thoughts, not my penis)...

My problem here is the willingness of black people to suddenly deify a guy like Cochran he's black?

There are murderers walking free because of Cochran. There are families of victims who were denied justice, if not entirely because of Cochran, then largely because of his efforts. Cochran was an adulterer with two families, um, AT THE SAME FRIGGIN' TIME. And the Black Panthers? Much is being said of Cochran getting Geronimo Pratt out of jail. Black people love him for this, surely. Yet what they forget to mention is that the Black Panthers were a MILITANT GROUP that fought violence with violence, wrong with wrong. Please don't tell me that Pratt didn't have blood on his hands. Hell, he was probably guilty. They forget that Tupac and Snoop and the like probably - get this! - really were involved in heinous crimes. (Deal with it.)

But Cochran was a black man who defended other black men, regardless of their guilt or innocense. So now it's time to sing the praises of Cochran? Really?

Um...OK...if you say so.

However - and excuse me for standing on a pedastal and acting all self-righteous - I don't buy it. Not for a second.

Cochran did a lot of good in his life, and fought for a lot of people who deserved to be fought for. No doubt.

He also left behind a legacy splattered in blood and injustice. His choice.


One last parting shot:

Perhaps the most telling example of Cochran's questionable wisdom in regards to choosing those he defended, was his public support of Latrell Sprewell. (Thanks, Grits.)

Sprewell? Latrell fuckin' Sprewell?


Sprewell choked a coach for DOING HIS JOB, yet Cochran came rushing in to portray Sprewell as the victim.


I can see no reason for Cochran to do this other than the fact that Sprewell was A) black, and B) involved in a high-profile public mess that would be dragged through the muck of the media.

In other words, it was for perfect for Cochran.

Case closed.


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