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ITO, WIFE CRIED AFTER ACQUITTAL, PAPER REPORTS

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Judge Lance Ito and his wife sobbed in his chambers minutes after the acquittal verdict was delivered in O.J. Simpson's murder trial, the Daily News reported Wednesday.

"They were wailing together. This was real crying," the newspaper quoted an unidentified Los Angeles courthouse source as saying about Ito and his wife, Los Angeles police Capt. Peggy York."After that, it took a long time for him to come out (of chambers) and shake hands with the defense team. The prosecutors were long gone by then."

The couple consoled each other after Simpson was acquitted Oct. 3 of charges he killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, the newspaper said.

One courthouse source said the abrupt end of the trial - after less than four hours of jury deliberations - might have caught Ito unprepared, the News said.

"I think the judge may have just crashed," the source said.

There was no immediate comment from Ito. He was reported vacationing Tuesday.

Since the trial, Ito has spent much of his time in chambers catching up on paperwork. Ten days after the verdict, he granted a brief interview to a college journalism student.