Marcia Clark discussed the O.J. Trial on 'Dateline': 'I don't know whether he would be convicted today'

Former OJ Prosecutor Marcia Clark Speaks Out

For a woman whose livelihood consisted of prosecuting murderers, it's a testament to the impact of the O.J. Simpson case on Marcia Clark that she describes the trial as being "a nightmare for me every single day." As part of a Dateline special that also featured Simpson's defense attorney Carl Douglas and juror Lon Cryer, the former L.A. County prosecutor looked back at the case thrust once again into the limelight by FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. Recalling the infamous white Bronco chase, Clark remembers, "I thought, Oh my god, this is not good. ... He has murdered two innocent people, slaughtered them, and you're cheering his escape? It gave me a full view of what we were up against."

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Marcia Clark discussed the O.J. Trial on 'Dateline': 'I don't know whether he would be convicted today'
Defense attorney Robert Shapiro (L) sits next to O.J. Simpson during a preliminary hearing following the murders of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman July 7, 1994 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Prosecutor Marcia Clark complains to the judge 27 February about a second statement by Rosa Lopez, a key defense witness, that was not released by the defense. Lopez, a housekeeper to a neighbor of O.J. Simpson's, claims to have seen a white Ford Bronco outside his home at around the time the prosecution claim the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman took place. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: O.J. Simpson (R) whispers to Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (L) during testimony of FBI special agent William Bodziak 19 June during the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. Bodziak compared one of O.J. Simpson's tennis shoes to a model of the Italian-made Bruno Magli shoes, which left imprints at the murder scene of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: O.J. Simpson defense attorney Alan Dershowitz (standing) gestures during a motion to Judge Lance Ito 16 June in which he said that the standard of juror dismissals must be changed. The defense has accused the prosecution of juror targeting and hiding witnesses. Seated are (L-R) prosecutor Marcia Clark and Scott Gordon. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden, one of the prosecutors in the OJ Simpson murder trial is shown during a court hearing December 9
OJ Simpson sits in court October 14 with his attorney Robert Shapiro during a hearing in Simpson's murder trial
Defense attorneys Robert Shapiro (L) and Johnnie Cochran, Jr., arrive at the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles September 26 for the first day of jury selection in the OJ Simpson murder trial. A protestor's painting on spousal abuse is in the background
Superior Court Judge Lance Ito makes a point during a pre-trial hearing on suppression of evidence in the OJ Simpson murder case September 21 in Los Angeles
Josephine Guarin, housekeeper at OJ Simpson's estate in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, testifies during a pre-trial hearing on evidence suppression in the OJ Simpson murder case September 22
Prosecution witness Candace Garvey, a friend of Nicole-Brown Simpson, testifes about OJ Simpson's appearance at his daughter's dance recital June 12, 1994, during afternoon court session in OJ Simpson's murder trial
Prosecutor Marcia Clark wears rubber gloves as she places a left-hand glove found at the feet of murder victim Ronald Goldman into a plastic bag during OJ Simpson's murder trial, February 17
Denise Brown (L), sister of Nicole-Brown Simpson, cries as she testifies February 6 about Nicole-Simpson's relationship with O.J. Simpson, during morning court session in Simpson's murder trial. Brown wears "Angel" earrings and pins in memory of her sister
FILE PHOTO 16MAR95 - Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman is shown on the witness stand March 16, 1995 during O.J. Simpson's murder trial in Los Angeles. A bloody fingerprint was found at the scene of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman but police bungling destroyed it, Fuhrman says in a new book published on February 17. SIMPSON FINGERPRINT
Prosecutor Brian Kelberg points out a wound near Ronald Goldman's ear on an autopsy chart during testimony June 9 in the OJ Simpson murder trial. The Los Angeles County coroner said that Goldman received two small stabs to the neck in addition to fatal slashes, suggesting that he was taunted by his attacker before being killed
Kim Goldman, sister of murder victim Ron Goldman, reacts to the showing of a photograph of her brother's bloody shirt during the OJ Simpson double murder trial in Los Angeles June 26. The prosecution presented the final phase of its case, trace and hair evidence. **POOR QUALITY DOCUMENT
Arnelle Simpson, daughter of murder defendant OJ Simpson, testifies July 10 on her father's behalf in his double murder trial in Los Angeles. Arnelle Simpson is the first witness in the defense's case
Defense witness Robert Heidstra points during his testimony July 12 at O.J. Simpson's murder trial to the area near where he walked his dog on the night [Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman] were murdered June 12,1994. The chart is a map of the area around Bundy Drive, site of the murders

Feeling that the prosecution had "enough solid evidence without taking risks" like putting Kris Jenner on the stand to testify to O.J.'s domestic abuse or submitting O.J.'s presumed suicide note into evidence, Clark conceded that her closing argument was weak ("I was tired; I was demoralized") and that co-prosecutor Christopher Darden should not have asked O.J. to try on the glove during the trial. However, Clark feels that no amount of physical evidence would have been sufficient for a conviction due to racial bias. "At the end of the day, the evidence didn't wind up mattering because there was a fundamental large issue standing in the way of seeing the evidence," Clark said. "You had this enormous mistrust of everything LAPD, everything officer-related." Clark even goes as far as to blame the trial's black jurors for O.J.'s acquittal, claiming, "They didn't care whether he was guilty or innocent. They were going to use this case for payback." Her takeaway from their verdict? "You can't make someone believe something they don't want to believe."

To that point, Clark isn't sure they would be able to convict Simpson, if the trial were held today. "Honestly, I don't know whether he would be convicted today," Clark told Dateline. "Because in the wake of all these police shootings and all the racial mistrust that has been exposed, probably what would result, in my opinion, is a hung jury." When asked if O.J.'s current incarceration for robbery and kidnapping offered her some solace, Clark said, "Yes and no." According to Clark, "I think he's someone who is a danger to society. He was getting into one scrape after another after he was acquitted." Noted Clark, "He did not wind up in prison for the murders, which he should've."

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