Marcia Clark wasn’t able to convince a jury of O.J. Simpson’s guilt during the trial of the century in 1995, but she definitely won over Sarah Paulson.
“When you watch it, and you really see — certainly now — the mountain … the pile of evidence. It’s incredibly powerful evidence,” Paulson, who played Clark on The People v. O.J. Simpson, told EW senior writer Tim Stack during an interview on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105). Paulson cited the DNA evidence presented in the trial as what she found insurmountable. “There are not even this many people on the planet,” she said of the statistical chances anyone else could have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. “It could be nobody else.”
Simpson was acquitted of those murders in 1995, an event captured during the FX series’ final episode on Tuesday night. Despite the evidence of Simpson’s blood being present at the crime scene, jurors did not feel it was enough to convict the former NFL star of the crime.
“After the trial, one of the jurors went on a talk show and the journalist said, ‘What about all the DNA evidence?’ And they’re like, ‘DNA, SchmNA.’ You’re sort of going, ‘DNA, SchmNA? What?'” Paulson said. “It’s one of those things where you sort of scratch your head [and think], ‘I cannot believe…'”
Controversy over the verdict was instantaneous, and is heavily debated to this day. (Simpson’s defense presented, among other things, that he was framed for the crimes by a racist Los Angeles Police Department.) “I don’t know if he was necessarily framed. I think O.J. may know something about what happened, but I just don’t think he did it,” Sheila Woods, a Simpson juror, told Vulture in an interview published Wednesday. “I think it was more than one person, just because of the way [Nicole] was killed. I don’t know how he could have just left that bloody scene — because it was bloody — and got back into his Bronco and not have it filled with blood. And then go back home and go in the front door, up the stairs to his bedroom … That carpet was snow white in his house. He should have blood all over him or bruises because Ron Goldman was definitely fighting for his life. He had defensive cuts on his shoes and on his hands. O.J. only had that little cut on his finger. If [Goldman] was kicking to death, you would think that the killer would have gotten some bruises on his body. They showed us photos of O.J. with just his underwear just two days after, and he had no bruises or anything on his body.”
Watch Paulson discuss the verdict above.