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After a Los Angeles jury found O.J. Simspon not guilty, Christopher took a leave of absence from the district attorney's office to teach at a local law school. Before he could return to the D.A.'s office, he says the media reported that he'd been terminated for "abandoning his job."

"Basically, I was fired," Christopher says. "I just think that me, that image, that trial…I think it was political baggage for the D.A. at the time."

Now, Christopher works as a criminal defense attorney. Even though he has switched career paths and started a family, Christopher says the outcome of the O.J. Simpson trial still haunts him.

"I do have a lot of wonderful things in my life, but I think [the trial] changed me," he says. "Maybe I'm just a little stressed about it still even today."

Christopher says he regrets ever becoming involved with the O.J. Simpson case and has regretted it since the very first day of the trial. "I had a great career," he remembers. "I had lots of friends and all of that. Everything was just toppled on its head after that case, and everything changed. I lost friends. I guess I lost my center. I guess I lost my bearing."

Christopher says he wishes he could have done more for the families of the two victims, Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman. "I cared," Christopher says. "When you listen to tapes of Nicole and you spend time with the victims' families like we did for months and months, you really believe. You really want them to get some justice out of this process, and they didn't get it. And certainly, you know, they didn't get it partially because of [the prosecution]. That's a hard pill to swallow."
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