Johnnie Cochran has held the public's attention since the OJ Simpson trial. The late lawyer may have become well-known from one of the biggest trials of the 1990s, but there was another case before the Simpson trial that might resonate with people today.
The Firm has acquired an untitled David McMillan script about an early Cochran case involving a California State University, Long Beach football player, Ron Settles, who was pulled over for speeding and arrested after a scuffle with police. He was found beaten and hanging in his jail cell the next morning. Like many cases today, no one was prosecuted but the family received a settlement from the city.
So far, not much information is available. The project is in development with producers Kevin McKeon and Robbie Brenner. Jeff Kwatinetz is attached as executive producer.