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Johnnie Cochran (1999)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Los Angeles, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1999-01-12

Duration: 00:26:53

Subjects: Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Dept. | Pratt, Elmer Geronimo | Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009. | Legal Issues | Race | LAWYERS | Denny, Reginald | Cochran, Johnnie L., 1937-2005 | Simpson, O.J., 1947- | O.J. Simpson murder case


  • Roppolo, Steve Editor
  • Weill, Gus Interviewer
  • Cochran, Johnnie Interviewee
  • Eaglin, J. Carlos, II Producer
  • Eaglin, J. Carlos, II Director
  • Fowler, Ken Producer


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from January 12, 1999, features an interview with Johnnie Cochran conducted by Gus Weill. Cochran, a native of Shreveport, was a prominent defense attorney in Los Angeles. He discusses: moving to California as a child; his first interest in the law; working as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated police shootings; his love for Louisiana; his high profile cases with O.J. Simpson, Reginald Denny, and Geronimo Pratt; his role as an advocate in the search for the truth; knowing whether his clients are innocent or guilty; his friendship with Michael Jackson; how he chooses cases; and the racial divide in the United States.