Thousands Gather for Cochran's
Michael Jackson took a day off
from his trial Wednesday to say goodbye to his
close friend, Johnnie Cochran. And as expected,
the arrival of the singer created a media rush.
But it seemed the man everyone wanted to talk
to was O.J. Simpson, whose trial made Cochran
a household name. "It's hard to figure L.A.
without Johnnie," Simpson said. "Johnnie
was able to bring out some truths and lead to
But Tuesday night, "Extra" found a very
different Simpson. The star was all smiles as
he emerged from a trendy Los Angeles sushi restaurant
with his older daughter, Arnelle.
Simpson flashed the peace sign, posed for pictures
and shook hands with some fans. Of course, none
of this would have been possible without Johnnie
Cochran, who today was remembered for far more
than just his brilliance in the courtroom.
"Johnnie didn't know how to lose and he almost
always won," Reverend Jesse Jackson told
Stevie Wonder and Magic Johnson were among the
other famous faces that joined the thousands who
packed the church for the emotional service.
So today, the man who represented the rich and
famous was also remembered for all the lives he
touched away from the glare of the media.