April 13, 1995 – “A Jury So Divided, They Couldn’t Agree On What Movie To Watch”.
April 13, 1995 – Another day in the infamous OJ Simpson “Trial of the Century“. This time it was the jury acting up. Dismissed Juror Jeanette Harris told reporters that the sequestered OJ Simpson Jury is so racially divided they “can’t even agree on what movies to watch”. She said Sheriff’s guards solved the problem by setting up separate screening rooms for Whites and Blacks. She did say however, that jurors never discussed the merits of the case, and added they never spoke about the evidence or even what they thought about the case. Judge Lance Ito, now facing a controversy over the jury, was considering individual interviews with each of the 18 jurors and alternates who are hearing the Simpson testimony. His first foray into fact-finding ended the previous night with both Harris and a reporter sticking with their stories. The reporter in question, David Goldstein of KCAL TV-9, claimed a juror was overheard saying he was predicting a hung-jury in the case. And the circus continued.
Meanwhile in Germany; a court handed down a verdict in a Synagogue firebombing, the first since the days before World War 2. The four who were convicted ranged in age from 20-25, received sentences ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison. They had been in detention since the attack some 13 months prior, and all confessed to taking part. But none said they knew there were people living above the synagogue, and the Judge agreed, limiting the sentences to Arson, rather than attempted murder.
And in Japan, at least 20,000 police set up roadblocks across the country in an effort to find the missing leader of Aum Supreme Truth, the group responsible for the poison gas attack in Tokyo the previous month. The Coast Guard checked ships in the Sea of Japan.
And that’s just a tip of the news-iceberg for this April 13, 1995 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.