I dropped a humorous item in my Dish column in Daily Variety Dec. 7 that I might come to regret. It was a description of a holiday card from O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito that depicted him with the caption: “Objection overruled, Mr. Cochran. White Christmas does not have racist overtones.”

On Dec. 8, some claimed the card was a gag, originated not by the judge, but an Ito bandito. While I didn’t have the card in my possession at the time, all I can say is it sure fooled some of the people very close to Ito who received it in the mail. But it now appears to be about as genuine as an invite to a Chris Darden-Marcia Clark wedding, and this columnist has developed a new Cochran-like mantra: If it don’t fit, you must omit.

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