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Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Buried by the cultural mythology of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial is the fact that
the jury’s verdict was to no small degree the result of courtroom persuasion by
the accused’s lawyers. Here is perhaps Johnny Cochran’s most persuasive moment.
“You are empowered to do justice,” he urges. “Your verdict talks about justice
in America . . . . This is not for the naive, the faint-of-heart, or the timid.”

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Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

A terrifying snippet from the last leg of the Cold War. Thanks to a remarkably
well-placed news camera, we get to witness a startled President just over two
months into his first term, secret service agents swarming and hustling away a
deranged John Hinckley, the retrieval of the “nuclear football,” and press
secretary James Brady taking the bullet that would paralyze him for life.