Essay on O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

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O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

Kyle Vladetich

Robert Haywood

CRIM 101

September 20th, 2012

O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

On June 12, 1994, Former American football star O.J. Simpson (Orenthal James Simpson) was arrested for the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in their Brent-wood townhouse. Police reports indicate that Nicole and Ronald where both repeatedly stabbed to death. O.J. served 473 days in custody for these two murders, won his criminal trial which was the lengthiest in the U.S. legal history showing more than 50,000 transcript pages, and after all of this he pleaded 100% not guilty, walking away from all this with no scratch in his name.
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This would seem pretty compelling to a rookie grand jury, but with 14 of the top defense attorneys that O.J. Came up with, it's not surprising how they came up with a defense. Their defense was that O.J. Cut his hand a week before the murder in New York, which doesn't explain how O.J.'s blood was there. However O.J. Openly admitted that his cut had reopened the night he was at Nicole's, but that was before the official murder.

Another cunning piece of evidence was the bloody glove found behind Nicole's house, that had fit O.J.'s hand and supposedly had blood in it, but when it was time to call the glove as evidence in the court room, there was no blood. This leads us into question about whether or not racism played a role in the lengthiest trial in United States history. With the help of a strong team of forensic experts, the lawyers were able to identify irregularities in the conduct of the investigation by LAPD detectives and forensic specialists. For example, one of the detectives Philip Vannatter, had carried a sample of Simpson's around with him for hours: and some of the blood taken from Simpson was unaccounted for. After much investigation, the defense team found evidence that Mark Fuhrman, the detective who allegedly found the bloody glove in Simpson's yard, was a raving racist who, contrary to his claim on the stand, frequently used the word “nigger” and had bragged about framing blacks, especially those involved
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