Social Class, Education, And Race

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“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Those words were the famous phrase spoke by Johnnie Cochran, one of the defense attorneys, in the case of “People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson.” This eminent motto marked a key turning point in what is known as the most publicized criminal trial in American history. This case brought about many social issues in the country and the American Criminal Justice system. Of the many social topics raised by the case, a few that are most imperative are social class, education, and race. Although the trial is well known to many, there are a few background factors to run over to understand the importance the social issues played in the case. O.J. Simpson was the ultimate football player. He played halfback for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, he won the Heisman trophy, he was a sports commentator for ABC Sports and ABC Monday Night Football, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (CNN Library, 2015). He was married to Nicole Brown Simpson from 1985 to 1992. The pair had a rocky relationship, such as an abundance of domestic violence incidents on O.J.’s part. Denise Brown, Nicole’s sister testified during the trial as to accounts of the abusive relationship. According to CNN, “Denise Brown testified that her sister was an abused wife. In February 1995, she said Simpson grabbed Nicole 's crotch one night in a bar in full view of friends and strangers and proclaimed, in part, "This is mine." Brown
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