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DEFENSE TURNS UP THE HEAT ON A FRUSTRATED CRIMINALIST

You knew things were going badly for the O.J. Simpson prosecutors when the highlight of their day was Marcia Clark's new hairstyle.

Prosecutors had to sit back Tuesday and watch criminalist Dennis Fung, with dark circles under his eyes and frustration in his voice, endure another round of brutal cross-examination.Defense attorney Barry Scheck turned up his attack on the soft-spoken technician, suggesting that Fung was fed answers by prosecutors and was shading his testimony to gloss over police mistakes or cover up a police conspiracy to frame Simpson.

Using photos and video clips, Scheck also tried to portray Fung as a poorly trained criminalist who improperly collected and processed blood samples, rendering the results of delicate genetic tests useless.

"Scheck was really on a roll," said Loyola University law professor Laurie Levenson. "This was probably one of the worst days the prosecution has had."

The inquisition was to continue Wednesday with Fung's fifth day on the stand. Also Wednesday, Judge Lance Ito was to meet in chambers with dismissed juror Jeanette Harris, whose comments to the media prompted Ito to begin an investigation of juror conduct.

Ito also has subpoenaed David Goldstein, a KCAL-TV reporter who says Harris told him that jurors had discussed the case among themselves, the Los Angeles Times reported. Such a discussion would violate court rules and could lead to a mistrial. Harris denies making the remarks, which Goldstein said came during an off-camera interview.

The only bright spot for the prosecution Tuesday was Clark's new look. Thanks to the able scissors of Allen Edwards, the celebrity hairstylist who gave Farrah Fawcett her "Charlie's Angels" mane, Clark now has darker, straighter hair, her trademark curls replaced by a modified shag.

When asked about her hair, the prosecutor laughed and told reporters and spectators, "Get a life." Prosecutor Chris Darden joked at a news conference that although Clark's hair is naturally straight, "Marcia told me that her hair was naturally curly."

But that was the extent of the humor for the day. Fung, tired and frazzled, appeared to have inherited the years Clark lost.

And Scheck spared no drama, raising his voice during key questions and lacing his queries with sarcasm and skepticism.

The court day ended with Scheck showing Fung and the jury two photographs of a back gate outside Nicole Brown Simpson's condominium, where the slashed bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found.

The first picture, taken the day after the June 12 slayings, doesn't appear to show a blood stain - which prosecutors say matches Simpson's blood - that is present in a picture taken July 3.

"Where is it, Mr. Fung?" Scheck shouted. "Where is it?"

"I can't see it in the photograph," Fung said, squinting to view a courtroom monitor.

Earlier, Scheck drew gasps from spectators with a newly revealed news tape that appears to show Fung and his rookie colleague Andrea Mazzola - neither wearing gloves - touching a key piece of evidence at the murder scene: an envelope containing the prescription glasses that Goldman was returning to Nicole Simpson the night of the murders.

Fung denied that the object on the videotape was the envelope.