OJ detective charged with perjury

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The former detective Mark Fuhrman pleaded no contest when charged yesterday with felony perjury for allegedly lying when he said during the OJ Simpson trial that he hadn't used a racial slur against blacks in the last decade. The charge was filed amid reports the retired detective would enter into a plea agreement.

The complaint said the perjury came on 15 March 1995, during Fuhrman's testimony "that he had not addressed any black person as a `nigger' or spoken about black people as `niggers' in the last 10 years".

A felony perjury conviction carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Fuhrman, who said he found a glove on Simpson's estate covered with the blood of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, was perhaps the prosecution's biggest embarrassment in Simpson's murder trial. Four defense witnesses contradicted Fuhrman's testimony.

Reuter - Los Angeles