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The Fictitious Telephone call

Simpson, through his new attorneys, filed a law suit against GTE0001. He is claiming that Nicole was talking to her mother on the telephone about 11:00 P.M. the night of her murder. He is suing to get Juditha Brown's telephone records. The same telephone records that were made available during the criminal trial. The same telephone records that were previously examined by Simpson's criminal defense team.

Simpson bases this claim on a mistake made by Lou Brown when he was first interviewed by Claudine Ratcliffe, the coroner investigator. Brown told the investigator about a telephone call between Juditha and Nicole. 

The decedent 94-05136 was last known to be alive at 2300 Hrs.
speaking to her mother on the telephone. Her mother left her
eyeglasses at a restaurant that evening and the decedent
reportedly advised her mother that she would ask if an
employee could bring them to her residence.
Claudine Ratcliffe

Lou Brown was mistaken about the time of that telephone call. Juditha Brown last talked to her daughter earlier, a couple of minutes after she called the Mezzaluna Restaurant inquiring about her missing eyeglasses. She had called the Mezzaluna as soon as she arrived home after leaving the restaurant. A couple of minutes later she called Nicole telling her about the conversation concerning her eyeglasses.

A reader pointed out that the people's recollection of time can vary so greatly that a person's mistaken recollection of when exactly events occurred is not considered a major error. Although it would seem that Brown's statement of an 11:00PM phone call when it was actually around 9:45PM would be a big deal, in legal circles it is generally considered to be something that can easily be overlooked

Notice that Ratcliffe wrote, "the decedent reportedly advised her mother that she WOULD ask if an employee could bring them to her residence."  And that is exactly what Nicole did. Karen Crawford testified in the Grand Jury.

 

June 21. 1994 Grand Jury

Q. DID YOU GET ANOTHER PHONE CALL AFTER THAT?
A. YEAH. ABOUT 5 MINUTES LATER, THERE WAS ANOTHER PHONE CALL.
Q. DID YOU SPEAK TO THIS PERSON ON THE PHONE?
A. YES.
Q. DID YOU RECOGNIZE THE VOICE?
A. YES.
Q. WHOSE VOICE WAS IT?
A. IT WAS NICOLE'S.
Q. WHAT TIME WAS THAT, APPROXIMATELY?
A. I WOULD SAY IT WAS BETWEEN 9:30 AND 9:45.
Q. YOU HAD A CONVERSATION WITH NICOLE?
A. YES.
Q. AND DID NICOLE ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING?
A. SHE --
Q. "YES" OR "NO."
A. YES.
Q. BASED ON WHAT SHE TOLD YOU, WHAT DID YOU DO?
A. I ASKED RON TO COME TO THE PHONE.
Q. WHEN YOU SAY, "RON," YOU MEAN RON GOLDMAN?
A. YES.
Q. THE PERSON YOU IDENTIFIED IN PEOPLE'S 24?
A. YES.
Q. DID RON TAKE THE PHONE?
A. HE DID.
Q. DID HE HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH NICOLE?
A. YES.
Q. AFTER HE HAD THAT CONVERSATION WITH HER, WHAT DID HE DO?
A. I GAVE HIM THE GLASSES AND HE LEFT SHORTLY AFTER.

 

Juditha Brown's telephone records were presented in the criminal trial. The time of the telephone call  Juditha made to the Mezzaluna Restaurant was documented at 9:37 P.M. This was stipulated to by the Simpson's defense.

Simpson Criminal Trial July 6, 1995

MS. CLARK: First stipulation, counsel, with respect to the testimony
of Juditha Brown: May it be stipulated that Juditha Brown was called
as a witness, duly sworn and testified as follows: She's the mother
of Nicole Brown Simpson, the decedent and named victim in count 1 of
this action; on June the 12th, 1994, she attended a dance recital
where her granddaughter, Sidney Simpson, performed; thereafter,
she accompanied her daughter Nicole, granddaughter Sidney and
other family members to the Mezzaluna restaurant for a post-recital
celebration; upon arriving, she inadvertently dropped the pair of
eyeglasses marked as part of the exhibit designated as People's
exhibit 32, which were intact prior to that point, outside the
restaurant; at approximately 9:37 P.M. on June the 12th, 1994,
Juditha Brown telephoned the Mezzaluna restaurant and spoke to
an employee named Karen Crawford, who has testified previously
in this case; Miss Brown asked Miss Crawford to locate the eyeglasses
and hold them for pick-up at a later time by Nicole Brown Simpson;
Miss Crawford located the eyeglasses and agreed to set them aside
for Nicole Brown Simpson; this conversation lasted approximately
two minutes; at approximately 940 P.M., Juditha Brown telephoned
her daughter, Nicole Brown Simpson, reaching her at her daughter's
residence located at 875 south Bundy drive in the city of Los
Angeles; Juditha Brown conversed with Nicole Brown Simpson for
approximately 2 minutes; Nicole Brown Simpson stated that she would
arrange for the retrieval of Juditha Brown's eyeglasses; this was
the last time that Juditha Brown spoke to her daughter, Nicole Brown
Simpson? It is further stipulated that Juditha Brown examined the
eyeglasses contained in the exhibit marked People's 32 and testified
these were the eyeglasses that she left at the Mezzaluna restaurant
on June the 12th, 1994 and were the subject of her conversations
with Karen Crawford and Nicole Brown Simpson.

Counsel, may it be so stipulated?
MR. COCHRAN: So stipulated, your Honor.

 

Here us what really happened:

Juditha Brown and her family left Mezzaluna Restaurant just before 8:30 P.M. June 12, 1994. As they started their drive, Juditha Brown realized she had lost her eyeglasses. She decided to call the restaurant as soon as she got home.

Restaurant employee Karen Crawford testified that Juditha Brown called the Mezzaluna at 9:37 P.M. and asked them to look for her eyeglasses. Crawford informed her they had found them, and would put them in an envelope with Nicole's name on it.

Nicole called the Mezzaluna Restaurant after speaking with her mother, identifying herself as Juditha Brown's daughter, and inquiring about the eyeglasses. She asked if Ronald Goldman was still there and then spoke with him. Ron took the glasses, intending to drop them off at Nicole's on his way to meet his friends. He left Mezzaluna at 9:50 P.M.

Nicole Brown Simpson never spoke with her mother again.

 

 


Subject: Re: WAGNER/Re: New Petition for Brown's Phone Records
Date: 02/27/2000
Author: dick wagner wagner@westworld.com

You ask, "At the time of the criminal and civil trials, do you believe the prosecution and plaintiffs, the defenses (Cochran and Baker) and Mr. Simpson himself had access Nicole's phone records for the night of her murder?" During the criminal proceedings (the preliminary hearing, I believe) an envelope was waved in court by the prosecution that purportedly contained records subpoenaed from GTE. It was widely believed that Judith's phone bill was in there, but from the size of the envelope, it appeared there was much more. Because of this very showy presentation, the defense attorneys were alerted that something had been received from GTE by the prosecutors, and I am quite sure they demanded, and got, a chance to examine all that was in that envelope. If a believable indication of the time of Juditha's phone calls was not found,
they would have raised a fuss, since that was the most compelling issue in the GTE records. They did not make a stink. On this basis, and combined with later stipulations, I believe that the defense attorneys saw GTE records that documented a 9:37 call to the Mezzaluna and a 9:42 call to Nicole. I doubt (but don't feel positive) that Simpson put his own eyes on those records.

Then you ask, "If Mr. Simpson and his attorneys have seen these records once and did not use them in the criminal or civil trials as exculpatory evidence, why would Mr. Simpson ask for them again now?" It is my opinion that this whole exercise is a ploy to create "reasonable doubt" in the minds of the public and/or the appellate court, so that Simpson can claim he was not adequately represented, and the civil verdict thrown out. That's just my wild unfounded guess as to why Simpson's attorneys are going through the effort.

But, whatever the reason, I feel quite confident that no authoritative telephone record is going to be turned up that shows a call to Nicole's condo that was answered after about 10:09 P.M. And, I think Simpson knows it.

dick wagner

 

 

Telephone Records

February 7, 1995 Simpson Criminal Trial
Karen Crawford Testimony


MS. CLARK: THIS IS ANOTHER BOARD, YOUR HONOR, THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO COUNSEL.
I WOULD ASK THAT IT BE MARKED PEOPLE'S 39 -- 35.
THE COURT: 35.
MS. CLARK: 35.

(PEO'S 35 FOR ID = BOARD/JUDITHA BRN PHONE RCDS)

MS. CLARK: IT IS ENTITLED "JUDITHA BROWN PHONE RECORD, JUNE 12, 1994."
MR. SHAPIRO: YOUR HONOR, IN THE INTERESTS OF SAVING TIME, SINCE I DON'T THINK THIS WITNESS CAN AUTHENTICATE THOSE PHONE RECORDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS WITNESS' TESTIMONY, WE WOULD STIPULATE THAT THE RECORDS ARE ACCURATE AND DEPICT THE TIME THAT THE CALL CAME
INTO THE RESTAURANT.
THE COURT: ALL RIGHT. IS THAT STIPULATION AGREEABLE TO THE PEOPLE?
MS. CLARK: YES, THAT STIPULATION IS AGREEABLE.
THANK YOU.

THE COURT: ALL RIGHT.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I TOLD YOU DURING THE COURSE OF OUR INSTRUCTIONS THAT WHAT THE ATTORNEYS SAY DURING THE COURSE OF THE TRIAL IS NOT EVIDENCE; HOWEVER, IN A SITUATION WHERE THE ATTORNEYS STIPULATE AND AGREE TO A CERTAIN FACT, YOU ARE TO ACCEPT THAT AS
EVIDENCE IN THE CASE. ALL RIGHT. MISS CLARK.


MS. CLARK: THANK YOU.
Q DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE PHONE NUMBER ON THE FIRST LINE THERE WHERE IT SAYS "JUNE THE 12TH, 9:37 P.M., WEST LOS ANGELES" AND THEN THERE IS A PHONE NUMBER, "310 447-8667"?
A YES, I DO.
Q AND WHAT PHONE NUMBER IS THAT?
A THAT IS THE PHONE NUMBER TO MEZZALUNA.
Q AND THE TIME THAT YOU RECEIVED THAT CALL, THE 9:37, DOES THAT SEEM TO BE ACCURATE, BASED ON YOUR MEMORY?
A YEAH, IT DOES.



 

A Federal judge dismissed Simpson's law suit, calling it frivolous.


 

 

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