Famed attorney Johnnie Cochran to be featured speaker at fund-raiser

Posted: Monday, October 08, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Famed attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. will speak at a fund-raising dinner in Fairbanks next month.

Cochran is best known for defending former football star O.J. Simpson, who was aquitted of murdering his wife and her friend.

Cochran will speak Nov. 3 at a fundraiser for the Fairbanks branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

His speech at the dinner will be on the theme ''Speaking Truth to Power,'' according to NAACP President Virgie King.

King said she first approached Cochran about coming to Alaska two years ago at the NAACP convention in Atlanta. Last year's speaker was civil rights activist Joseph Lowery.

''We talked about Alaska. He said he wanted to come,'' King said.

After exchanging several calls and a letter, Cochran confirmed, she said.

In addition to Simpson, Cochran's list of high-profile clients includes music industry notables Michael Jackson, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Sean ''P. Diddy'' Combs.

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