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Report: Simpson defense to use 'racist cop' defense

NEW YORK, July 17 -- According to New Yorker magazine Sunday, the lawyers for O.J. Simpson are preparing a new defense based on their assertion that the Pro Football Hall of Famer, charged with the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, was framed by a 'racist cop' who tampered with evidence. The magazine, in its July 25 issue available on newsstands Monday, said Simpson's defense team intends to show that the L.A. police officer, a pivotal figure in the case, found not one but two bloody gloves in the location where Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered on June 12th.

The New Yorker said the team will claim that the second glove was removed from the crime scene by the officer and later planted on Simpson's estate. 'Suppose he's actually found two gloves at the murder scene,' one of Simpson's attorneys is quoted as saying. 'He transports one of them over to the house and then finds it back in that little alleyway where no one can see him.' The officer, asked by the magazine whether he had planted the glove on Simpson's property, is quoted as saying, 'That's a ridiculous question.' The magazine said Simpson's lawyers will try to show that racism was behind the officer's decision to frame an innocent man. 'This is a bad cop,' one of the defense team is quoted as saying. 'This is a racist cop.' Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell has ordered Simpson to stand trial on charges of murder and appear at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on July 22nd at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Simpson is not eligible for bail and is being held in jail.

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