O.J Simpson's Criminal Trial

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O.J. Simpson’s Criminal Trial The case of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial is one of the most distinguished and interesting court cases in modern American history. O.J. Simpson was accused of the double murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. O.J was subsequently acquitted of the crimes and walked off a free man. O.J’s attorney, Johnnie Cochran conducted a well-executed plan of defense against the allegations made. There was a strong lack of consistency and there were major flaws in the prosecution case. The LAPD violated the 4th Amendment when they searched O.J’s house without a search warrant. People believed that they did this in order to take action immediately and plant evidence which would help convict O.J. Mark Fuhrman, the head detective at LAPD in charge of the investigation, was questioned about the planting of evidence at O.J’s residence, pleading the 5th Amendment. In other words, he refused to respond to the questions given to him and chose to exercise his constitutional right to not speak. As an addition to O.J’s defense, Simpson's attorneys questioned Fuhrman about his alleged prior use of racist terms. Fuhrman claimed he hadn’t used any racial derogatory terms towards African-Americans in the last 10 years up until the trial. It was later proven on audio that the indeed used these terms, which further would steer the jury further towards the benefit of O.J. The lack of racial and gender diversity in the jury reinforces century-old issues of race and diversity and the essence of the Sixth Amendment. The final jury consisted of 9 African-Americans, 1 Hispanic, 2 Caucasian, 10 of the 12 were women. This, in my opinion, negatively altered the way the jury’s decisions were made, which are supposed to be objective and fair without a hidden agenda. Now one might say that they did this in order to not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th

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