MIAMI (AP) -- Jurors took only 90 minutes to clear O.J. Simpson of road-rage charges after hinting they would have liked to have heard from two absent witnesses: his kids.
The former football star and actor was acquitted Wednesday of grabbing another man's glasses -- and scratching the man's face in the process -- during an argument on a suburban Miami road. He had been charged with auto burglary and battery.
On his way out of court, juror Ernesto Diaz said the panel decided there wasn't enough evidence to prove that Simpson reached into Jeffrey Pattinson's car and scratched his left temple, as the prosecution claimed.
"I'm a little bit angry and a little bit happy -- a lot happy," Simpson said as he left the courthouse. He nodded to jurors while saying "thank you" in court.
Diaz said prosecutors should have called Simpson's teen-age children, Sydney, 16, and Justin, 12, to testify during the trial. They were the only witnesses other than the two drivers.
Simpson's thumbprint was on the man's eyeglasses, but jurors noted there wasn't any physical evidence indicating that Simpson was at the other driver's door.
Prospective jurors had been questioned about Simpson's celebrity status and his high-profile murder trial before the panel of four men and two women was seated.
Simpson was cleared of criminal charges in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, but a civil jury later ordered him to pay $33.5 million for their deaths.
Hillary draws boos, cheers on VH1
NEW YORK (AP) -- Same channel, totally different reaction.
When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton took to the stage at a VH1 benefit concert for victims of the World Trade Center on Saturday night, she was roundly booed by the rowdy crowd, many of them New York City firefighters and police officers.
But at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards broadcast on Tuesday night, the New York Democrat received a standing ovation from the music and Hollywood heavyweights in the audience.
The music and entertainment industries are among Clinton's strongest supporters. The New York City firefighters' and police unions endorsed Clinton's Senate race rival, Republican Rick Lazio, last year.
The former first lady wasn't the only one to receive a less than enthusiastic reception at the six-hour benefit concert. New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, who has long had differences with his department's rank-and-file, also was booed. So was actor Richard Gere.
Rapper settles suits against cities
DETROIT (AP) -- Dr. Dre's lawsuits against the cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills have been settled, the rapper's attorney said Wednesday.
Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed the lawsuits in July 2000, accusing the cities and their officials of censorship by threatening to arrest him and organizers if he aired a sexually explicit video at a concert that month.
The settlements include written apologies from Mayor Dennis Archer and the City of Auburn Hills, and First Amendment training for police officers in each city, attorney Herschel Fink said.
The settlement also requires the cities to reimburse the 36-year-old rapper for legal fees. Detroit will pay $25,000, and Auburn Hills will pay $28,000.
Detroit mayoral spokesman Greg Bowens said the city was not admitting guilt, and the monetary settlement was much lower than the multimillion-dollar award that Fink originally sought.
Detroit officials, complaining about obscene imagery that included exposed breasts, successfully barred the seven-minute video from playing during the "Up in Smoke" show at Joe Louis Arena.
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