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SIMPSON’S ATTORNEY RENEWS HIS FIERY ATTACK ON L.A. POLICE

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O.J. Simpson's attorney renewed his fire-and-brimstone attack on police Thursday, calling two key detectives "the twins of deception" who spoke lies to frame Simpson of murder and win at any cost.

"Stop this cover-up! Stop this cover-up!" Johnnie Cochran Jr. implored jurors. "It has to be stopped by you."Cochran also warned jurors against a second rush to judgment, telling the panel to be patient and carefully weigh evidence because "a man's life is at stake here."

"Please don't compromise your principles or your consciences. Don't rush to judgment. Don't compound what they've already done in this case," Cochran told the 10 women and two men sitting in judgment of Simpson.

"You are the consciences of this community. You set the standard," Cochran said. "It's not about winning. It's about what's right."

Cochran accused the lead detective, Philip Vannatter, of lying about testifying that he did not initially consider Simpson a suspect in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Cochran then noted the testimony of former Detective Mark Fuhrman, whose denial that he had used a racial epithet in the past 10 years was contradicted by witnesses and taped interviews.

"The two of them have to be paired together because they are twins of deception - Fuhrman and Vannatter," Cochran said.

"This is wrong! What they have done to our client is wrong!" Cochran said, likening the detectives to Nazis. "It is frightening. It is not just using the `n' word. Forget that. It's about the lengths he would go to get somebody."

Cochran began his attack on Fuhrman on Wednesday.

"Mark Fuhrman is a lying, perjuring, genocidal racist. This man is an unspeakable disgrace. He is sinful to the prosecution," he said.

Fuhrman's festering vendetta against Simpson, Cochran contended, began in 1985, when Fuhrman responded to a domestic violence call between Simpson and his then-wife, Nicole. The couple sickened Fuhrman, for it was a black man married to a white woman, Cochran said.

"From that moment on, any time he could get O.J. Simpson, he would do it," Cochran said.

The golden opportunity arrived early the morning of June 13, 1994, when Fuhrman was called at home and dispatched to a double-homicide at 875 S. Bundy Drive in Brentwood, Cochran suggested. At the scene were the slashed bodies of Nicole Simpson and her waiter friend.

"He knew what he was going to do on this particular night," Cochran said.

And what he was going to do was carry a bloody glove from the crime scene to Simpson's house a few miles away, a house Fuhrman remembered from that 1985 call, Cochran said.

Fuhrman testified he found a glove at the former football star's house that morning, a glove that appeared still sticky with blood.

Cochran accused other, unnamed police of taking a pair of socks out of Simpson's hamper during a search of his house and planting the socks near Simpson's bed. Then, Cochran said, police smeared blood on the socks to incriminate Simpson. DNA tests found Nicole Simpson's genetic markers in the blood.

Earlier Wednesday, the prosecution wrapped up the first part of its closing arguments by playing Simpson's recorded rage and the haunting pleas of Nicole Simpson on a dramatic 911 tape. The prosecution gets to offer a rebuttal to the defense summation.