Early Johnnie Cochran Case Gets Adapted for the Big Screen

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.

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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. 

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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.