The jurors in the Simpson civil trial are taking a close look at the blood evidence, the most damaging physical evidence against O.J.--or the police, if it was planted.

In their third day of deliberations, the jury asked to see photo boards illustrating the test strips used to identify the DNA in blood. They also asked for some of the testimony of Gary Sims, a state criminalist who testified that blood samples taken the day after the slayings had a far lower DNA content than samples taken from the back gate of Nicole's condo building three weeks later. The defense contends police planted that blood--which contained Simpson's DNA--on the gate at the time it was collected.

The jury also asked for test strips for the blood taken from Simpson's Bronco, another spot, the defense argued, where the police planted evidence. The blood from the Bronco had DNA from Simpson and Ron Goldman; the defense argued that was the result of blood samples being mixed.

They requested news videotape of criminalists Dennis Fung and Andrea Mazzola and Detective Philip Vannatter working at the crime scene. The criminalists were criticized for sloppy work in both the criminal and civil trials. Vannatter carried a sample of Simpson's blood to the scene to give to Fung, leading the defense to argue that police had the opportunity to use the sample to frame Simpson.

Jurors elected a foreman today--a middle-aged man who said under questioning that he admired Simpson but thought he was probably guilty. Courtroom reporters nicknamed him "Colonel Sanders" for his white mustache and beard.

And now it seems that we know why Judge Fujisaki held up the proceedings on Tuesday morning. Two jurors are reported to have received a letter from two members of the jury in the criminal trial and a talent agent offering their services to help jurors market themselves after the trial. Fujisaki ordered an investigation.

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