LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 -- A lawyer who once represented former Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman is calling on county prosecutors to try O.J. Simpson -- this time for lying on the stand during his recent civil trial. Attorney Robert Tourtelot (TOR-tel-low) says Wednesday it would be 'the height of hypocrisy' if Simpson did not face the same charge as Fuhrman, who pleaded no contest to perjury for lying during Simpson's murder trial.
Tourtelot represented Fuhrman before the ex-cop was charged with perjury for lying about his use of a racial slur against blacks. In a letter to District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Tourtelot urges him to seek a grand jury indictment against Simpson. Tourtelot says Simpson lied about a number of material issues in his civil trial, including whether he ever hit his ex-wife or owned a pair of shoes linked to the killings. Tourtelot isn't the first to call for Simpson to be charged with perjury. Lawyer Gloria Allred, an ally of Nicole Simpson's family, already had made the same request after Simpson testified in his civil trial last year. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined comment on the request. ---
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