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How my interview with O.J. almost ended in a fistfight
How my interview with O.J. almost ended in a fistfight

As 1993 wound down, Leo Wolinksy, then the Metro editor at The Times, asked me to put together a story that would take stock of the period we’d just been through: A few days earlier, a jury had delivered a mishmash of verdicts against those involved in the beating of Reginald O. Denny during the 1992 riots, ending a cycle of courtroom dramas that included the 1991 beating of Rodney King, the 1992 acquittals of the officers in that case on most counts; the riots that ensued; and the federal convictions of two of those same officers. The period also featured the ouster of one police chief and the hiring of another, as well as the election of a new mayor and four new council members. By...

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