OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson were among the hundreds of mourners in attendance at famed lawyer JOHNNIE COCHRAN JR's funeral this morning (06APR05).

Jackson, whose molestation trial is in recess, walked slowly into Los Angeles' West Angeles Cathedral with his entourage and attorney THOMAS MESEREAU JR.

Jackson, who had employed Cochran's services when he settled a lawsuit in the 1990s, whispered, "He was a great man," as he was led into the church by his security team.

Simpson, who was successfully defended by Cochran in his in famous murder trial, said, "I thought he represented the best of Los Angeles, and certainly the best in what our adversarial legal system was about.

"Johnnie fought for his clients, no matter how popular or unpopular the cause was - or the verdict was. Johnnie stayed true. He didn't try to half-step when it was over like some guys have done. That's Johnnie. Johnnie's the best."

Cochran died on 29 March (05) of an inoperable brain tumour at his home in Los Angeles. He was 67. In his career, Cochran represented a long list of clients, including SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.

06/04/2005 21:30