Carl Douglas -- an attorney on O.J. Simpson's "dream team" that won his 1995 acquittal -- is calling the suggestion that a knife reportedly found on Simpson's former estate may have been used in one of America's most famous murder cases, absurd.
"The media frenzy regarding this supposed knife found at O.J. Simpson's house is utterly ridiculous," Douglas said Friday. "I'd rather answer questions about the Easter Bunny."
Los Angeles police announced Friday morning that the knife was reportedly found buried on the Brentwood property once owned by Simpson while the home was being torn down in 1998 by the new owners.
The knife is now being tested to see if it is connected to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
"The knife will be subjected to testing for hair, DNA, serology and other forensic evidence, said LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman.
But doubts exist.
Investigators were looking into whether "this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go," Neiman said.
Attorney Douglas insists police are wasting their time.
"If the LAPD spends any of their limited resources chasing this lead, Chief (Charlie) Beck should resign in disgrace," said Douglas, who practices law in Beverly Hills.
Police said the knife was found by a construction worker at the former Simpson estate. The construction worker then gave the knife to an off-duty motorcycle LAPD officer who was in uniform but working on a movie set in the neighborhood, police said. That officer, who has since retired, surrendered the knife to detectives a month ago, according to Neiman.
The retired officer was identified by TMZ, which initially broke the story, as 70-year-old George Maycott. However, the LAPD would not confirm the retired officer's identity.
Given Simpson's acquittal of double-murder, the LAPD still considers the murder case open, Neiman said. The case is not considered closed until there is a conviction, he added.
The lack of a conviction has continued to fuel the country's fascination with the case.
Eric Deggans, NPR media critic, says the FX miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" has heightened interest in the case.
"I'm sure some of the coverage has been breathless and across the line, but I don't think it's out-of-line that people are interested," Deggans said.
Neiman said investigators didn't know the identity of the person who handed over the recently discovered knife and urged him or her to come forward.
The killings occurred on June 12, 1994, and led to the "Trial of the Century" in which the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star was acquitted by a jury that deliberated only four hours.
In 1997, a civil court jury found Simpson liable for the slayings and awarded millions of dollars in damages to the victims' families. Simpson is imprisoned in Nevada for a 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.
Neiman did not believe that Simpson could be charged again with murder if the latest knife is linked to the killings.
"I'm not an attorney, but it's my understanding from being a police officer for nearly 30 years that double jeopardy would be in place here," he said.
The LAPD was looking into whether criminal charges could be filed against the ex-officer who held onto the knife. An officer who comes into contact with evidence is required to turn it over to investigators, Neiman said.
Douglas asserted that if any police officer came into possession of evidence, and held on to that evidence, he or she should be fired, "maybe even prosecuted."
Despite the lingering questions about the Simpson case, the public's interest only continues to grow.
People are into O.J. again, Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former federal prosecutor, said Friday.
"We've blurred the lines of reality and TV crimes," Levenson said. "People are dying to solve the O.J. mystery and they always will."
Staff writer Susan Abram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.