Throughout American history, there have been many criminal cases which have taken the media and country by storm. Many of them are in fact murder cases; Black Dahlia, Boston Strangler, but one of the most infamous cases is none other than the O.J. Simpson murder trial. At the time, O.J. Simpson was a notorious 46 year old former NFL star, accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman. The state’s prosecutor brought vast amounts of forensic evidence, such as “hair samples that were found on Goldman's body after his murder” (Simpson 112), which could be linked to no one else but O.J. Simpson. However, like every celebrity criminal suspect that is charged with murder, O.J. Simpson had his all-star team of defense attorneys to dishonour the facts. Thus, was able to pressure the prosecution into mistakes which lead to the jury finding O.J. Simpson not guilty; mistakes which cost the prosecution one of the grandest verdicts of all time… Truth is, the exact events of the night of June 12 in 1994 were unknown and the prosecution concluded that “sometime after ten o’clock, a lone male entered the back door of Nicole Brown- Simpson’s home in the prestigious area of Brentwood in Los Angeles. In the enclosed area near the back gate, that lone man viciously slashed Nicole, nearly severing her neck completely. After Nicole, he struggled with and brutally stabbed Nicole’s acquaintance, Ronald Goldman…After which Nicole’s dog was covered in blood and barking, attracted the attention of a neighbor. The neighbor then discovered the two bodies.” (Bill 300) All that was left for the prosecution to do was to prove that O.J. Simpson had committed the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. At a first glance, this looked to be an easy case with hard evidence; how could O.J. possibly deny the blood on the glove, socks, floor, and on the gate? If this wasn’t enough to put him at the scene, investigators also found hairs and fibers on many objects; all linked to Simpson. The prosecution had put together such a clear cut case; however, it proved to be a lot more difficult than they had planned… “The prosecution team was made up of district attorneys, with enough experience to put any criminal behind bars, who handled special trials, jury trials and homicide cases.” (CNN) Marcia Clark, the lead prosecuting attorney, who “joined the District Attorney’s office in 1981 and had prosecuted nearly 60 jury trials, (20 were murder cases).” (CNN) Co- counselor, Chris Darden became a L.A. Country prosecutor in 1980, while Gil Garcetti “was a L.A designated district attorney in 1992. Darden had taken on more than 19 homicide cases before joining the prosecution team in 1981.” (CNN) Along with these big guns, the prosecution team also consisted of Hank Goldberg and William Hodgman. “Hank had prosecuted almost 30 felony trials, 8 of which being murder trials. William had prosecuted nearly 130 jury trials, including 40 homocide cases. (CNN) The state had put together quite a dream team to take on and take down O.J. Even with the perfect team of experience attorneys that the prosecution had in the case, along with impeccable evidence to be presented, the case did not go as the prosecution had planned. One of the grave mistakes that were made by the prosecution was the presentation of the case itself. Scott Turow, a lawyer who has made himself familiar with the case stated, “It’s clear to me in retrospect that the Simpson prosecutors Marcia Clark, Chris Darden, spent too long trying their case. The case, for example, against Timothy McVeigh that was tried just a little bit later was probably more complex and yet was put in by those prosecutors in six weeks” (CNN). The prosecution took six months to present the case to the jury, which resulted in the jury having two impressions of the evidence: “one, it was too overwhelming. Or two, it in fact was not, and they were laboring day by day to make it seem better than it really was.…
O. J. Simpson Case
One of the most famous and publicly known cases of all time is the OJ Simpson murder case. This case was publicly announced for many years. It was very popular because not only was O.J. Simpson a famous former American football star but also an actor that had been accused of a very serious crime that changed his life forever. Although the case was publicly announced, many people don’t know many of the specifics about his early childhood, his athletic career and most importantly…
Paper: OJ Simpson Trial
Team C: Dwana Harris, Ian Mcguire, Ryan Raeffer, Andrew Cantrell, Renel Philippe, Aaron Pena
October 7, 2013
The double-murder trial of O.J. Simpson is surely one that will live in infamy. From the controversial “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit” phrase coined by his superstar attorney Johnnie Cochran to the jaw-dropping verdict of not guilty this case has made its mark in history. In 1994 Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald…
the O.J Simpson case which was trialed in both the civil and criminal courts. I
will discuss the elements of crime that are relevant to this case, as well as providing an indication
of whether the murders were mala in se or mala prohibita.
Civil and Criminal Actions 3
Differences Between Civil and Criminal Actions
“We the juries in the above entitled action find the defendant, Orenthal James
Simpson,not guilty of the crime of murder.” (Linder, 2000, par. 29) O.J Simpson was acquitted…
In 1995, former USC running back and NFL star, O.J Simpson was tried for the murder of his
ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, both were found dead with
several knife wounds at Ms. Brown’s residence. A jury in Los Angeles County found Mr.
Simpson not guilty of this crime, and many have been left with unanswered questions as to why.
Many believe that there was a possibility of emotional bias by the jury and that they have already…
blacks stating that American society discriminates on the basis of race or ethnicity.
In the criminal justice system the outcome of an accused makes huge controversy come abroad. Orenthal James Simpson an African American male was accused of the murder of his wife a Caucasian female named Nicole Brown Simpson. Now many of the jurors on this case were of the African American and Hispanic race. There was many questions that were not answered and a lot of evidence that were too narrow to solve the case…
walks away from the death of a nine-teen year old teenager. Getting away with murder should no way create iconic fame for any human being with sense. The truth about George Zimmerman is that he is a man that needs helps and not the 2013 version of OJ Simpson that news articles set him out to be.…
GETIT AND THEN HE BACKS OUT AND CRASHES INTO IT. HE MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE ME THE CORVET – MONEY NOT ENOUGH.
Preponderance of the evidence – better than 50% - more likely than not that the person is guilty. Good way to think of this – the OJ simpson trial.
OJ simpson murder trial – the bloody glove did not fit. So there was reasonable doubt. So he was not found guilty.
But in civil court he was found guilty. Much lower standard of preponderance of the evidence.
Rit – where you are requesting a…
questions they ask
b. Open ended questions: require elaboration, covers wide-range, questions individually. encourages jurors to talk more about feelings and experiences.
c. Closed ended questions: Yes/no format questions
11. OJ Simpson case: 294-item quesitonaire. Black more likely to side with defendant, held in area with mostly black. Defandants showed that there was reasonable doubt in DNA evidence
12. Belief in a just world: Person who belives in this needs explanation…
against the suspect. Even though at this time there were no signs of domestic violence taking place, the suspect had committed them before and that is the reason for the restraining order. Also, in the video a speaker named Hugh Downs talked about OJ Simpsons children and if they had witnessed any abuse happening towards their mother by the hands of their father. One child expressed how her parents are always fighting, mainly when she is in her bedroom. This little girl also was afraid that her father…
racism is still a part of America’s DNA: the O.J. Simpson verdict, the James Byrd dragging death, and the slow response to Hurricane Katrina. The majority of the people wronged in these events were African Americans.
The aftermath of Katrina did keep the media from covering another important anniversary in American racism: the ten year anniversary of the O.J. Simpson verdict. Almost everyone in America can say what they were doing when the O.J. Simpson verdict was read. The verdict left white America…