Twelve Jurors Good and True

September 26, 1994|By ZICK RUBIN

BOSTON — Boston. -- Teams of jury consultants engaged by the prosecution and the defense in the O.J. Simpson trial have each come up with their wish lists -- those members of the Los Angeles County jury pool whom they will try to get on the jury. Here are the secret lists, obtained by this correspondent from anonymous sources in the Los Angeles bar.

The Government's

Top Six Jurors

1. Albert Barnes, age 44, white, traveling salesperson, Burbank, blood type A. Private investigator reports that Mr. Barnes rented a car from Hertz in the mid-1980s after watching the commercials in which Mr. Simpson vaults into the driver's seat. The car broke down in the Mojave Desert. Now rents from Alamo.

2. Oscar Julio Martinez, age 34, Latino, dog groomer, East Los Angeles, blood type AB. Mr. Martinez, who is 5 feet, 3 inches, weighs 200 pounds and wears thick glasses, has been called ''O.J.'' sarcastically ever since grade school, and has gotten good and sick of it.

3. Stanley Phillips, age 55, African-American, accountant, Sherman Oaks, blood type A. The government's ideal black male juror, Mr. Phillips visits his father, a retired police officer, every week to watch reruns of ''Dragnet.''

4. Bettye Jayne Pierce, age 49, African-American, schoolteacher, South Central Los Angeles, blood type O. The government's ideal black female juror. Ms. Pierce regularly conducts warrantless searches of her first-graders' cubbies.

5. Alexandra Woo, age 28, Chinese-American, postal clerk, Hancock Park, blood type O. Ms. Woo dresses in primary colors (a sign of an authoritarian personality) and wears short, tight skirts (like prosecutor Marcia Clark). Has told friends that she believes ''DNA'' stands for ''Do Not Acquit.''

6. Sylvia Corrado, age 66, white, department-store salesperson,

West Side, blood type A. Ms. Corrado, who has sold gloves for 30 years, has non-returnable reservations for a vacation trip to Cancun in early 1995. She is unlikely to do anything that would hold up the jury's deliberations.

The Defense's

Top Six Jurors

1. Thomas Cassells, age 60, white, professor of philosophy, Westwood, blood type O. Expert on existentialism. Has told his UCLA classes, ''It is reasonable to have doubts about everything, although one may doubt that anything is reasonable.''

2. Fletcher Shoemaker, age 32, African-American, machinist, Marina Del Rey, blood type A. Second cousin of the owner of a bowling alley where defense attorney Robert Shapiro's barber's wife participates in Tuesday night bowling league. (Because of the close association to the defense, the government will probably seek to have Mr. Shoemaker removed for cause.)

3. Imelda Santos, age 27, Latina, cake decorator, West Hollywood, blood type O. Was to return to Los Angeles the day before jury selection begins from a four-month trip to a remote part of New Guinea where there are no televisions, newspapers or fax machines. The only member of the jury pool who will be unaffected by pre-trial publicity.

4. Joe Akinaka, age 41, Japanese-American, computer programmer, Venice, blood type O. His hobby is collecting silverware, cutlery and Fiesta ware from different parts of the world. Unlikely to ascribe sinister motives to Mr. Simpson's purchase of a knife.

5. Sidney Schein, age 47, white, rabbi, Fairfax, blood type B. Although clergymen can be wild cards, Mr. Schein is solid for the defense. He moved to Los Angeles from Buffalo, drives a white Bronco, and even has the same first name as Mr. Simpson's young daughter.

6. Lorna Ganz, age 57, white, homemaker, Santa Monica, blood type AB. Suffers from narcolepsy and is expected to doze off frequently during the trial. Defense team strategists want the slumbering Ms. Ganz on the jury as the basis for a mistrial motion if things don't go well.

Unfortunately, now that these secret lists have surfaced, the defense can be expected to use its peremptory challenges to remove the government's ideal jurors, and vice versa. So it's back to the drawing boards in the search for justice.

Zick Rubin is counsel at Palmer & Dodge and adjunct professor of psychology at Brandeis University.

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