Don’t count on OJ prosecutor Marcia Clark to rehash the Simpson homicide case on her new A&E sequence, “Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48.”
“Nicely, why?” says Clark, 64. “The factor is, it’s been carried out by any individual else. The FX sequence [‘The People v. OJ Simpson’] did it and Ezra Edelman did it brilliantly in ‘OJ: Made in America.’ There’s simply nothing left to say. I sort of really feel that perhaps the story has been written … how way more are you able to do?”
As a substitute, “The First 48,” which premiered March 29, will deal with these essential hours following a homicide, with Clark diving headlong into controversial circumstances together with Robert Blake, Drew Peterson, Chandra Levy, Jam Grasp Jay and the Billionaire Boys Membership.
Robert Blake is among the many topics examined in Clark’s new sequence.Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho through Getty ImagesIn every episode, Clark — who spent over 15 years as a prosecutor (and several other years as a protection lawyer) — visits the scene of the crime, interacting with native legislation enforcement, sifting by means of the proof, positing numerous theories and conducting interviews. “It’s sort of an axiom of legislation investigation that if the proof is just not discovered throughout the first 48 hours … the prospect of fixing the case drops by 50 %,” she says. “Extra possible than not that’s true.
“These circumstances, to me, are fascinating to step into as a result of I actually do put aside my opinion and I’m going in there pondering, ‘Hey, I don’t know. I learn this, noticed that,’ and everyone knows the protection isn’t essentially correct,” she says. “You kind an opinion as a member of the general public that’s relaxed — you’re not sitting within the jury field and also you’re not required to consider ‘past an affordable doubt.’ So I’m going into [these cases] pondering, ‘Perhaps they received it proper’ or ‘Perhaps there actually wasn’t sufficient proof. Let’s go discover out.’
“I hope the sequence supplies viewers with a strong sense of what occurred in a case, the reality a few case and provides then all the knowledge it takes to make a dependable and justified judgment in regards to the case — the sense that they’ve lastly been given the unvarnished and unbiased fact.”
Clark says the flurry of OJ-related programming vaulted her again into the highlight; she’s additionally growing an ABC drama pilot, “The Repair,” a fictionalized model of her life story through which a DA (Robin Tunney) loses a high-profile case, retreats to a horse farm and known as again into motion when the defendant kills once more.
“I really feel like I sort of glide,” she says. “Who knew that Ryan Murphy would resolve to do ‘The Folks v. OJ Simpson’? Who knew that he would forged Sarah Paulson, that genius actress [as Clark]? Who knew he would wish to shine a lightweight on the sexism? I don’t suppose that if I wrote it in a novel anybody would purchase it. Alternatives got here my method, and I don’t know if they might have with out the [FX] sequence.”
“Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48” eight p.m. Thursday on A&E