Marcia Clark gets one more chance (sort of) to defeat O.J.


 

By Mike Hughes

Fiction, it seems,
is way more fun than real life. That's because you can rewrite the
ending.

Marcia Clark
disliked the real ending of the O.J. Simpson murder trial: She lost;
he won.

But now she's
helping produce a fictional series. As ABC's Jori Arancio explains
it, an assistant district attorney “suffers a devastating defeat
after prosecuting an A-list movie star for double-murder .... Eight
years later, when the same star is under suspicion for yet another
murder, Maya is lured back.”

Part of that is like
real life, but there are detours. “Maya goes to live on this
incredible horse farm,” said Clark, 65. “I wish I had thought of
that.”

She did quit trial
law, but she didn't run away.

“Marcia stood and
fought,” said Robin Tunney, who plays Maya. “She wrote books;
she's got an unscripted show. My character ran away. (She) let that
loss define her; Marcia didn't.”

Two years after the
Simpson trial, Clark co-wrote a book about it. Some 14 years later,
she switched to fiction, writing six books with a heroine as
prosecutor, then three with a heroine as defense attorney. She's also
done non-fiction cable shows, including “Marcia Clark Investigates
the First 48.”

And now she's
helping create another prosecutor – one who's a jump from her own
life.

Maya, we're told,
was a fun person, leading the office birthday parties. And Clark? “I
never was – and I'm still not – fun,” she said. And the trial
“made me a much more depressed person.”

To an outsider, it
seemed to be a mismatch in resources, with Clark fighting a platoon
of big-money lawyers. But she sees the real gap as “not so much the
manpower as the starpower.”

That's true for a
movie star like Simpson or for pop-culture figures, she said. “Casey
Anthony became a celebrity, somehow .... It's a starpower that they
bring to the courtroom and it does skew the

way the jury views
the evidence.”

She lost what some
considered an easy case. The experience, she said, was “watching
justice being thwarted on a daily basis. Justice was a mission to me
and a very important one .... It was very painful.”

So she retreated
from the courtroom ... until TV gave her a rematch.

But don't assume the
prosecutor wins. Scott Cohen, who plays the defense lawyer, said
viewers may keep changing their mind about whether the guy is guilty.
“We all took bets on who the killer was.”

-- “The Fix,” 10
p.m. Mondays, ABC; 10 episodes, starting March 18