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O.J. PROSECUTOR NEUTRALIZES DEFENSE ATTACK

As theater, prosecutor Hank Goldberg's re-questioning of a battered police criminalist was as exciting as a reading of the U.S. tax code. Even the judge suggested it was boring.

In substance, though, Monday's redirect examination of Dennis Fung helped breathe life back into a crucial part of the case against O.J. Simpson - the blood evidence. Goldberg presented videos and photos that he said refute the defense theory of a police frame-up."It wasn't flashy, it wasn't exciting, but Hank Goldberg got the job done," said Loyola University law professor Laurie Levenson. "I think they neutralized a great deal of the defense attack. The only question is whether the jurors hung in or tuned out."

Among the points Goldberg made:

- The defense said Detective Philip Vannatter never gave Fung a vial of Simpson's blood the evening after the June 12 murders of Simpson's ex-wife and her friend, leaving it unaccounted for until the next day and providing an opportunity for it to be planted.

But Goldberg showed a videotape of Vannatter carrying a gray envelope - the kind of envelope that Fung said contained the vial. A less-clear video appeared to show Fung holding the envelope and a plastic bag he said was used to carry the envelope.

- The defense said blood smears on the bottom door jamb of Simpson's Ford Bronco were the imagination of Detective Mark Fuhrman - who is accused of planting a bloody glove behind Simpson's mansion - and that Fung lied about later seeing the smears to cover up for Fuhrman.

But Goldberg showed a photograph of what Fung identified as four blood spots - one of which could be visible when the door is closed, as it was the morning Fuhrman said he saw the spots.

Fung returns to court Tuesday for Day 9 on the stand.

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Shapiro apologizes

O.J. Simpson's attorney apologized for handing out fortune cookies and joking about the Chinese surname of police criminalist Dennis Fung, saying "it was meant to be facetious."

But Robert Shapiro's apology Monday came too late and fell short, members of the Asian-American community said.

"He did not acknowledge that he was wrong. He said if people took it in the wrong way, then he was sorry," said Guy Aoki, president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans.