How The Oj Simpson Trial Changed America

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Sean Dupuis Mr. Joseph Research Paper 4/1/16 How the Oj Simpson Trial Changed America In the summer of 1994, on June 17th, the entire country sat in front of their tv’s and watched as Oj Simpson fled from the police. Simpson, one of the most recognizable personalities in the country” was a retired NFL player and appeared on television regularly on commercials and on shows. He had a very distinguished career, winning the Heisman Trophy in college and being a dominant running back in the NFL winning the MVP and AP Male Athlete of the Year in 1973. Simpson was now being watched by millions of people, as he was being charged for the murders on June 12th of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. The country would not…show more content…
It was the first time people were so intrigued with a non scripted show. People liked the truth and how they were watching reality, not a scripted show. Game shows and shows like Duck Dynasty or South Beach Tow are examples of reality tv people enjoy today. Now a days, almost half of all shows are reality tv shows. The OJ Simpson trial can be thought of as the contribution to the growth of reality tv. It showed people real life drama that really captivated people. The heavy media coverage of the case also brought out a new kind of evidence that would change many other people’s lives. DNA evidence was nothing new, it was just relatively not used. At the time not a lot of people understood DNA and how it could be used in a trial. The defense team of Simpson featured two men, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, who had recently founded the Innocence project an organization that was using DNA evidence to free wrongfully convicted inmates. Everyone watched the trial and DNA evidence used in the OJ case let people know the impact it could have on a trial. The cognizance that the DNA evidence brought out to the eyes of millions of people changed the lives of many. The Innocence Project ended up helping overturn several hundred convictions after the trial, and it still is running today. If the media had not been so heavily involved in the case there is a great possibility that these
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