He then proceeded to deal a few from the bottom of the deck. Smith apologized to the jury--three white men, two white women, one Asian woman--for "subjecting you to that racial epithet. I'm sure to even some of you," the black lawyer said, "it's offensive." From there the arguments became as subtle as a sledgehammer. While Susan LaMonte quietly wept at the prosecutor's table, Smith suggested that her necklace, admitted into evidence as proof of the alleged assault, could have been broken anytime, anywhere, and not by one of the defendants. It was all part of the city's "coverup," he said. In fact, the entire case was "a coverup, because they know they have exposure." (If they do, it's because Smith has already filed suit on behalf of the four women against Denny's and has said he may add the Denver Police Department and the city to the lineup of defendants.)
It was Wednesday evening, exactly thirty hours after the O.J. verdict had been announced, when the six jurors in that Denver courtroom began their deliberations. Four hours later they had their verdict. McRae and White were found not guilty of assault.
But both were found guilty of disturbing the peace.
It's not all black and white.