Esquire Network to relive “The Real O.J. Simpson Trial”

The NBCUniversal cable net has scheduled an April air date for its forthcoming special The Real O.J. Simpson Trial, a 12-hour marathon event set to recap the "trial of the century" from opening arguments to final verdict.
March 28, 2016

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Esquire Network will air a 12-hour marathon special set to recap the O.J. Simpson murder trial from opening arguments to final verdict.

The Real O.J. Simpson Trial (pictured), which is slated to air on April 3 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST/PST, will feature archive footage from the former NFL running back’s criminal trial, in which he was acquitted of charges in the June 12, 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson would later be found liable for the pair’s wrongful deaths in a separate civil trial.

The 12-hour stunt will allow viewers to relive the most controversial and poignant moments from the year-long trial, including both opening and closing statements from the prosecution and the defense, key witness and police testimonies, the infamous “glove moment” and the verdict.

Further details regarding the all-day special, with descriptions provided by Esquire Network, are outlined below:

9am-10am: “The Kickoff”
Opening statements by prosecutors Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden and “Dream Team” defense lead, Johnnie Cochran.

10am-11am: “Dead-Ball, Foul Play”
Opening statements continue and new witnesses not disclosed by the defense allow state prosecutor Marcia Clark an additional opening statement.

11am-12pm: “The F Word”
Former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman testifies.

12pm-1pm: “I Plead The Fifth”
Defense witnesses testify. Fuhrman makes a stunning return. F.Lee Bailey enthralls the media.

1pm-2pm: “Take Care of The Hands That Take Care Of You”
A particular pair of gloves holds the courtroom’s attention.

2pm-3pm: “Is Kato Your Middle Name?”
Struggling actor and Simpson guesthouse occupant, Brian “Kato” Kaelin, begins a multi-day appearance.

3pm-4pm: “Never Live With Someone That Won The Heisman”
Testimony continues with Brian “Kato” Kaelin.

4pm-5pm: “Did We Just Have An Earthquake: Thumps On The Wall”
Brian “Kato” Kaelin wraps up his time on the stand then faces the waiting media.

5pm-6pm: “Running Back”
Closing arguments by prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, defense team Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck.

6pm-7pm: “Milking the Clock”
Closing arguments by prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, defense team Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck.

7pm-8pm: “Play To The Whistle”
Closing arguments continue. Rebuttals by the prosecution.

8pm-9pm: “If It Don’t Fit, You Must Acquit”
Closing arguments, rebuttal and the verdict of the “trial of the century.”

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