We've been here before, many times in fact. The corner of Temple and Spring in downtown Los Angeles has long been familiar with media trucks parked on sidewalks and crews precariously wedged between trees, bus stops and the busy streets of L.A. There have been many times I could feel a bus rush by; the sound of its engine drowning out my thoughts and the wisp of air ruffling my neck as its mirror just missed my back, sometimes within inches.
This time, we are here on this corner for the Phil Spector trial, while the jury goes into its third day of deliberations. One of my first stories for FOX six years ago was also from this street corner. At that time, the now infamous “Dog Maul Case” ended up with a win for San Francisco prosecutors, with two of my eventual colleagues on its legal team. Alongside Jim Hammer and Kimberly Guilfoyle, we stood on Temple, battling the same sounds of traffic as today's, and sweated while we waited for a verdict.
John Mark Karr, the guy who claimed he killed JonBenet Ramsey last year, also came to this courthouse … but nothing compares to the now infamous Judge Lance Ito.
Twelve years ago, the O.J. criminal trial had media from around the globe, lawyers, television viewers, even tourists, glued to the case for more than 134 days. This corner — in the now named “Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center” — was home to us during the trial and ensuing craziness. Media crews are familiar with every stitch of this ground, every place to eat and every watering hole within a 10 block radius, if not more.
With the Spector case, another high profile trial, I have come back to the steps of Temple and Spring again … but this trial doesn't even come close to O.J.'s. Will any trial? By all accounts, Spector's prosecution laid out a tough case and sits in a nice position for a win, but the defense did bring several strong forensic experts — and some in the legal community think the jury could find enough reasonable doubt.
You can already tell, as another bus whizzes by, that theories are being made about when the jury will come back. Legal experts all have their ideas — but we, as reporters, need to wade through the facts and, like everyone else, wait for the jury. Sidewalk or not, there are always some interesting scenes in front of the criminal justice center. It seems someone is always on strike when we come here — this time it is the court interpreters. With the plethora of languages in the Los Angeles area, that could be a problem.
Out front we also have a variety of religious preachers; most hold signs and banners while walking up or down the sidewalk. Bail bond companies will pass out cards and sometimes an ID badge holder. Attorneys in all shapes, sizes and ages rush from busses and parking lots, dragging cases and boxes, head to a security check to get inside.
I guess as I sit here and watch all of this, I remember an old saying, "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Adam Housley joined FOX News Channel in 2001 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Most recently, Housley reported from President Ford's funeral. He also reported from Nicaragua and El Salvador on the war against drugs and scored an exclusive interview with Sandinista leader, Daniel Ortega. You can read his full bio here.
Adam Housley joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based senior correspondent.