In Black America Podcast: Remembering Johnnie L. Cochran, Esq.
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Cochran was best known for successfully defending Football star O.J. Simpson from 1994 to 1995 on double homicide charges as part of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” Cochran, who originally was from Shreveport, Louisiana, moved to Los Angeles, California, at a young age with his family. He was a graduate of UCLA and received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law. Although he is best known for defending celebrities such as Simpson, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, and Michael Jackson, he was actually a personal injuries attorney and specialized in tort cases. Before starting his firm in 1966, he worked in the L.A. County D.A.’s Criminal Division in which he worked with future Simpson judge Lance Ito. Cochran may have become well known for his representation of celebrities in high profile and groundbreaking cases, but his true measure of success came from his lifelong dedication in the fight for the injured and the disenfranchised throughout America. Cochran died on March 29, 2005. He was 67.