Simpson : The Raging Aggressor

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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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