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    Chris Darden 

Christopher Darden

Portrayed By: Sterling K. Brown

  • Almost Kiss: With Marcia Clark, but he pulls back and afterwards, things are tense in the office.
  • Cassandra Truth: He intuits that Fuhrman's presence is going to damage the case, but Marcia refuses to listen to his pleas not to put Fuhrman on the stand.
  • Double Standard: Darden has more than earned his position, but resents that he gets little real credit for it due to the many racist assumptions that he's a result of affirmative action alone.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Marcia were always on good terms, but over the course of the trial their bond is tested and ultimately deepens.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Darden pushes and pushes for Simpson to try on the gloves, and allows himself to be further manipulated into it by F. Lee Bailey. He finally goes over Marcia's head to have Simpson try on the gloves, only for it to fail and deal a devastating blow to the prosecution.
  • Oh, Crap!: His expression when the gloves fail to fit OJ.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Marcia, although they skirt the line of platonic very hard.
  • Race Traitor: He's accused of this by Cochran.
  • Rage Breaking Point: At one point, he snaps and calls out the defense for turning the trial into a media circus, eventually yelling that he should be held in contempt.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: For such a polite man, he does throw out some particularly harsh and cutting speeches to Cochran on two occasions and Marcia on another. His most notable might be when he tells Johnnie straight-up that his victory is not the Civil Rights milestone he thinks it is.
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    Lance Ito 

Judge Lance Ito

Portrayed By: Kenneth Choi

    Bill Hodgman 

Bill Hodgman

Portrayed By: Christian Clemenson

    OJ Simpson 

Orenthal James Simpson

Portrayed By: Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Gil Garcetti 

Gil Garcetti

Portrayed By: Bruce Greenwood

    F. Lee Bailey 

F. Lee Bailey

Portrayed By: Nathan Lane
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    Marcia Clark 

Marcia Clark

Portrayed By: Sarah Paulson

    Robert Kardashian 

Robert Kardashian

Portrayed By: David Schwimmer

  • Absence of Evidence: He's very troubled by the growing realization that there's essentially zero real evidence that points to any suspect other than OJ.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Despite being friends with one of the most prominent celebrities of the 90s, he has a dim view of celebrity itself. He tries to stress to his children that the pursuit of fame is hollow compared to the pursuit of virtue.
  • Comically Missing the Point: While Dershowitz talks about OJ's status as a popular figure being a depreciating asset, Bobby sternly and stupidly says that OJ will never "stop being The Juice".
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He was close friends with both OJ and Nicole. Initially, he's OJ's most ardent supporter precisely because he genuinely believes in his friend's innocence, but as time goes on he starts to doubt more and more. The DNA evidence is a turning point for him, and he ultimately realizes the truth and ends his friendship with OJ.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By the time he starts seriously doubting OJ's innocence, it's far too late: the trial is close to the end and if he walks out, it will not only ruin his career but will essentially mean he personally convicted his closest friend. He has a serious breakdown in front of Kris Jenner, tearfully admitting his doubts, and later when the verdict is read, he vomits in a nearby bathroom out of sheer stress and guilt.
  • Nice Guy: Naive he may be, but his motivations are pure and he's a good-hearted man.

    Bob Shapiro 

Robert "Bob" Shapiro

Portrayed By: John Travolta

    Johnnie Cochran 

Johnnie Cochran

Portrayed By: Courtney B. Vance

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    Mark Fuhrman 

Detective Mark Fuhrman

Portrayed By: Steven Pasquale

    Phil Vanatter 

Detective Phillip Vanatter

Portrayed By: Michael Mc Grady

    Tom Lange 

Detective Tom Lange

Portrayed By: Chris Bauer

    Dennis Fung 

Dennis Fung

Portrayed By: Jun Han Lee

The Dream Team & Associates

    Alan Dershowitz 

Alan Dershowitz

Portrayed By: Evan Handler

    Carl Douglas 

Carl E. Douglas

Portrayed By: Dale Godboldo

    Linell Shapiro 
Portrayed By: Cheryl Ladd

The Jury

    Armanda Cooley 

Armanda Cooley/Poker Face

Portrayed By: Susan Beaubian

Simpson Family & Friends

    Kato Kaelin 

Brian "Kato" Kaelin

Portrayed By: Billy Magnussen

    Mama Simpson 

Eunice "Mama" Simpson

Portrayed By: Valerie Ross

    Jason Simpson 

Jason simpson

Portrayed By: Tye White

    Arnelle Simpson 

Arnelle Simpson

Portrayed By: Ariel Diane King

    AC Cowlings 

Al "AC" Cowlings

Portrayed By: Malcolm Jamal-Warren

    Justin Simpson 

Justin Simpson

Portrayed By: Ehsan Shahidi

    Sydney Simpson 

Sydney Simpson

Portrayed By: Asia Monet Ray

    Kris Jenner 

Kris Jenner

Portrayed By: Selma Blair

News and Media

    Dennis Schatzman 

Dennis Schatzman

Portrayed By: Leonard Roberts

The Victims Families

    Juditha Brown 

Juditha Brown

Portrayed By: Mary Ann Mc Gurry

    Louis Brown 

Louis Brown

Portrayed By: Garrett M. Brown

    Tanya Brown 

Tanya Brown

Portrayed By: Jenna Willis

    Dominique Brown 

Dominique Brown

Portrayed By: Kelsey Griswold

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