Robert Shapiro Says He Did Try on Evidence Glove During O.J. Simpson Trial
"O.J. Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that the glove would not fit him," says the lawyer.
Robert Shapiro did in fact try on one of the evidence gloves during the O.J. Simpson case to see whether it might fit his client, the still practicing lawyer revealed in an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Shapiro, part of Simpson's "dream team" of defense attorneys, talked about the gloves and more during a sit-down with Kelly for her primetime special airing Tuesday night on the Fox Broadcasting Network.
"I tried the glove on," Shapiro told the Kelly File host, according to parts of a transcript released Monday by Fox. "It was a little bit wide in my palm and a little bit long in my fingers. O.J. Simpson has enormous hands, and I knew that the glove would not fit him. No question about it. Wouldn't even be close."
Shapiro previously told The Hollywood Reporter he had not done press about the case since Simpson was acquitted in 1995.
Interest in the case surrounding the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman was reignited thanks to the 10-part FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which ran from February to April.
In one of the episodes, the Shapiro character, played by John Travolta, tries on one of the evidence gloves in the courtroom, an incident which some viewers found hard to believe actually happened.
Well, it did.
And when asked by Kelly if he realized he may have been trying on the glover of a killer, Shapiro replied, "That is a very compelling question that I've never even thought about, and we'd looked at that glove, every expert had looked at that glove," he said, according to parts of the transcript. "It did have stains on it, did have certain cuts on it. I didn't consider it, but, it's kind of an eerie thought when you say that.
"As you say it now, it is chilling," he continued, "but it wasn't something that I contemplated or thought about at the time."
Kelly also asked Shapiro if the "not guilty" Simpson received was a "fair verdict."
"There's two types of justice that we deal with in America: There's moral justice and there's legal justice," Shapiro says. "If you look at it from a moral point of view, a lot of people would say he absolutely did it. I deal in legal justice, as you did as a lawyer, and that's proof beyond a reasonable doubt. And there's no question in my mind that any fair juror who saw that case from the beginning to the end would conclude there was reasonable doubt."