The Trial of Orenthal James Simpson

8 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2008

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Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Although the 1995 criminal trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman has been called a great trash novel come to life, no one can deny the pull it had on the American public. If the early reports of the murder of the wife of the ex-football-star-turned-sports-announcer hadn't caught people's full attention, Simpson's surreal Bronco ride on the day of his arrest certainly did - ninety-five million television viewers witnessed the slow police chase live. The 133 days of televised courtroom testimony turned countless viewers into Simpson trial junkies. Even foreign leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin eagerly gossiped about the trial. When Yeltsin stepped off his plane to meet President Clinton, the first question he asked was, Do you think O. J. did it? When, at 10 a.m. PST on October 3, Judge Ito's clerk read the jury's verdict of Not Guilty, 91% of all persons viewing television were glued to the unfolding scene in the Los Angeles courtroom.

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, OJ, O. J. Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson, Ronald Goldman, Judge Ito, Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Marcia Clark, Mark Fuhrman, Kato Kaelin, Dream Team, If it doesn't fit you must acquit

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Trial of Orenthal James Simpson (2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1305244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1305244

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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