O.J. Simpson: The Raging Aggressor Many Americans can still remember where they were when O.J. Simpson’s murder verdict was broadcast on national television in 1995. O.J., a former football and movie star, was on trial for the brutal murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994 in Brentwood, California. Alan Dershowitz, a member of Simpson’s dream team of lawyers, published in his book America on Trial, that during the verdict, long-distance telephone call volume declined by 58% and trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange by 41%, and water usage decreased as people avoided using bathrooms (13). The real-life trial was like a television drama series, and people stopped their daily activities to watch it unfold. People from all over gathered in homes and public places to witness the conclusion on live television. So much work stopped that the verdict cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity (Dershowitz 13). When the verdict was delivered and O.J. was found not guilty of murder, the reaction of the American people was varied. Some people danced with joy, others cried in sorrow, and some just watched in shock. Unfortunately, the social issues of the region and the manipulation of those issues seemed to sway the jury away from the presented facts of the case. The evidence provided during the murder trial proved that O.J. Simpson was indeed guilty of stabbing and killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman on the night of
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The book that I am going to introduce is Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Got Away With Murder, written by Vincent Bugliosi, and was published on June 17, 1996. We all know that Nichole Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death and their bodies were discovered on June 12, 1994 early morning. It was said that after a car chase, O.J. was found with $9,000 I cash, his passport, disguise, and a gun. O.J. Simpson who is her ex-husband was acquitted October 3, 1995, for their deaths in a trial that riveted the nation and divided people along racial differences. In 1997, he was ordered to pay a little over $33 million for their deaths. O.J. Simpson is still serving time in prison for things like kidnapping, robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and numerous other charges. Mr. Bugliosi sums up five reason why the case was lost. Those five can be labeled as the jury, the change in venue or settings, the judge allowing the defense to play the race card, the stupidity of the prosecution throughout the trial, and lastly the summation of what should really have been done. But in honesty when the media started reporting about this case it was already falling apart.
On June 12, 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found dead at her home in Brentwood, CA. Orenthal James Simpson, or O.J. Simpson was notified of their deaths and immediately taken into custody for questions. Upon the collection of various pieces of evidence from the crime scene, all avenues pointed to Simpson as the culprit for the double murder. The conclusion of Simpson criminal trial resulted in his acquittal. There were various reasons for this acquittal. The most prominent reasons include accusations of racism, evidence contamination, and the lack of faith in DNA profiling. This paper will discuss the issues that arose with the trial in depth and offer an explanation and solution to resolving issues
Known around the world as O. J., famous celebrity Orenthal James Simpson was arrested and convicted for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her mistress, Ron Lyle Goldman. Although Simpson denied any participation in the crime, the FBI found numerous evidence that proved hands down that he was the murderer. After a trial that lasted more than eight months, he was acquitted and was able to go home. Personally, I feel that the jury made the wrong decision.
However, I think the most important people that this trial concerned were the families and friends of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The families of the victims were probably the most interested in the long eleven month trial. They had to patiently wait around for the verdict and they all wanted O.J. to be punished for what they believed he did. The second most important key public is O.J. Simpson’s family and friends. He was the one main suspect, and everyone he cared about was awaiting the verdict. They had to sit around and watch him run from the police during a speed chase on TV, and they had to pray he wasn’t guilty. Lastly, I think the entire population of America at the time were huge key publics. Although the case didn’t necessarily involve them in anyway, they helped make the trial as huge as it was. If people weren’t constantly watching the trial on TV or were concerned about it at all, it would not have been as big of a deal. They were the key to the popularity of it
In 1995, The People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson, became the “most publicized murder case in history” (Price & Lovitt, 1997). From the very beginning, it seemed that the prosecution’s case against O. J. Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman was doomed to fail. There were inconsistencies in how the Los Angeles Police Department collected and preserved of evidence. They were also called into doubt about how they controlled the evidence and who they let have access to the evidence during
Simpson was said to be innocent, because of the jurry’s decision. But the jurry’s decion was weighted to a certain side, because of the race problem at the time. There were twelve people in the jury, and most of them were minorities. Acconding to Famous Trials, The jury constisted of nine blacks, one hispanic, and two whites. As well as, ten of the people being women, and two being men. These different statistics had many different effects toward the verdict that O.J. Simpson recieved.With the time period, and the race issues at the time, there were different reactions with different race groups. In 1995, the undefeated said, ”When the verdict came, the room instantly divided just like the rest of the nation, with black students cheering and white students subdued in their disappointment. Both Loury and I had restrained “adult” reactions befitting two professional black men in a crowd of young people.” When O.J. Simpson was announced innocent, there were two basic responces from two main races in The United States. White people were confused and upset, and black people were very happy and celebrating. By the two main reactions falling into place with the two main races. Showing clearly, why the verdict for O.J. Simpon was
The day was June 12, 1994 and only a few people would know that it would become a very important day in United States history. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are stabbed in Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Nicole Brown was the ex-wife of NFL superstar O.J. Simpson. O.J. came home the day after the murder and he found the police waiting for him and they placed him under temporary arrest. The next day OJ was at his attorney’s house and knowing he would be arrested fairly shortly, he rode off in his Ford White Bronco and caused what would be known one of the greatest police chases of all-time. He would be arrested and would be put to a trial. This would only be the beginning of a very important trial.
The O. J. Simpson double murder case, also titled “People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson was a trial in which James O.J Simpson, a former National Football League player was convicted at the Los Angeles County Superior Court of two murder offenses on June 12, 1994. He was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, a restaurant waiter at Mezzaluna. The trial spans for a period of eight months. The opening statements were read on January 23, 1995, whereas the verdict, which left Simpson a free man, was declared on October 3, 1995. “The Trial of The Century,” as it is commonly known, has been described as the most publicized trial in history. However, before Simpson could be arrested and prosecuted, they had to go through an investigation process with the implementation of some techniques used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as this essay illustrates.
Simpson and his defense team saw an opportunity within the jury to appeal to their emotional side, given that the case was tried at the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, which meant that the jurors were mostly part of the minority, Blacks and Hispanics, his defense team decide to work with the fact the the jury was aware of the racism within the LAPD and their brutality/abuse of power, thus the defense team appealed to the juror's life experiences with racism within the criminal justice system. Therefore, with the help of the media, Simpson's team made the trial a political stand about race. Thus, they accused the Police Department of Los Angeles of conspiring against
This trial began on January 25, 1995. The lead prosecutor, Marcia Clark, argued that Simpson killed his ex-wife in a despite of jealousy. The prosecution opened its case by playing a 911 call from Nicole Brown Simpson had made on January 1, 1989, which she expressed fear that Simpson would physically harm her (Bosco 7). The prosecution also presented dozens of expert witnesses the ranged on topics from DNA fingerprinting to shoe print analysis. Also what they concluded placed Simpson at the scene of the crime. A limousine driver, Allan Park, who was to drive Simpson to the LAX airport said that he could not contact anyone through the intercom at Simpson 's gate when he arrived at 10:35 p.m. Around 10:50, he saw a large figure enter the house, some lights came on, and Simpson answered the gate 's intercom. They then loaded some bags into the limo and left for the airport at 11:15 (Jones 9). He also stated that he did see a parked vehicle when they pulled away but he wasn’t sure. His testimony was rejected due to the fact of his uncertainty regarding the parked vehicle.
The people directly involved with this case are Judge Lance Ito, the prosecution lawyers, Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, the defense lawyers, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro and Robert Blasier , the jury and the defendant, O.J. Simpson. The families of the victims have also been present in the courtroom, as well as other spectators and news media. This case has heard one hundred and twenty witnesses over a nine month period.
The issue that I am going to concentrate on is Race Relations as it pertains to the OJ Simpson case. The case shaped Race Relations by the impact it had socially on African Americans and Race. The OJ Simpson case is viewed as a Symbolic Case toward Social Construction in America dealing with Race. The trail lasted 372 days and back in 1995 the division between races was split. Most Caucasians believed OJ was guilty, and most blacks believing him to be not guilty. “African Americans and whites believe that the verdict in the O.J. Simpson case will increase racial tensions in the United States. But while a majority of whites think that race relations will improve, a majority of blacks do not think that race relations will ever get better”.(CNN
This essay is purposed for the evaluation of the provocative case, The State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson, more commonly referred to as O.J. Simpson. On the 12th of June, 1994 the homicide of Nicole Simpson, O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, occurred at her home. Reports of a body sprawled out the front of Nicole Simpson’s house were made through a 911 call. On arrival, police made the discovery of Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman’s dead bodies outside the house. The review of this investigation will be achieved through; Assessment of the key aspects of the process of investigation. Evaluation of the main investigative flaws made throughout the investigation. Identifying strategies to prevent these flaws from happening in
The OJ Simpson case has been hailed "The Trial of the Century." One of the longest running court trials in history, this case was filled with conspiracy, controversy, and the power of celebrity. The biggest part of the trial was the evidence. The submission of the blood samples, the DNA testing, and the articles of clothing made the case what it was. Amidst all the accusations of planted evidence and conspiracy plans against Simpson, the jury and Judge Ito had to try to sift through and find Simpson guilty or not guilty.