Oj Simpson Trial Essay

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Osvaldo Orozco Peterson English 2 12 September 2014 Injustice On the night of June 12, 1994, just after midnight, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were discovered, brutally murdered outside the front courtyard of Nicole Simpson's Brentwood condominium. Nicole Simpson was the estranged wife of the famous football player and T.V. star O.J. Simpson. Ron Goldman was an acquaintance of Nicole and worked at the Mezulla Restaurant near Nicole’s’ condo. He was believed to have been returning a pair of glasses Nicole’s mother had left at the restaurant earlier that evening. Even though O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the crime of murder, the large amount of evidence, including DNA evidence, undoubtedly proved guilt, and a murderer walked free. Judge Lance Ito was appointed to hear the case which was widely broadcasted and televised. The prosecution was led by lawyers, Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden and the defense was lead by “The Dream Team”, lawyers, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro and Robert Blasier. The case was filed in the downtown district of Los Angeles where a more racially diverse jury would be appointed. Keep in mind; this was only two years prior to the Los Angeles riots following the beating and trial of Rodney King. Racial tension was high and treatment of minorities was becoming a huge concern. Prosecutors also decided not to seek the death penalty, a costly mistake that would have otherwise gave them the advantage of having a “death qualified jury”, which studies have shown would have been more likely to convict and typically comprisded of white males. All these factors combined where a key advantage for the defense. Over the next 133 days the case heard 150 witnesses and had cost $15 million to try. Early Monday morning, Simpson was notified by phone of the murders, while attending a business meeting in Chicago. During the phone

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