Famed Lawyer Johnnie Cochran Dies

March 29, 2005

Defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran has died at the age of 67 of a brain disorder. Working in LA in private practice and government service, Cochran made a career out of championing black defendants, often in cases that turned on racial issues. Probably best known for his role defending OJ Simpson, Cochran coined the phrase "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit," after his famous client was unable to pull on a pair of bloodstained gloves allegedly used in the murder.
"Certainly, Johnnie's career will be noted as one marked by celebrity cases and clientele," his family said in a statement. "But he and his family were most proud of the work he did on behalf of those in the community."