People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson By Samih Beydoun

Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson was a professional football player from San Francisco California.

Simpson playing for the Buffalo Bills

OJ was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman . The two were fatally stabbed on the night of June 12, 1994.

Nicole Brown and O. J. Simpson were married on February 2, 1985. They had two children and their marriage lasted seven years.

OJ was represented by one of the greatest trial defense team ever assembled, nicknamed " The Dream Team".

Pictured above Robert Shapiro

The team was led by Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran. The team also included F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Shawn Holley, Carl E. Douglas, Gerald Uelmen and others.

Pictured above Johnnie Cochran

The trialwas brought to a national stage. All big three television networks covered the trial the whole way through.

The nation was divided between the two sides, people that believed he was innocent and those who believed OJ was guilty of the murders. There was plenty evidence for both sides presented to the Jury including many DNA samples and test.

OJ pleaded not guilty to both of the murders

The trial began on January 24th, 1995 and was nationally televised for 134 days. Simpson had a history with violence and abuse towards Nicole Brown.

The prosecution believed they had a strong case but could never recover the murder weapon and had a lack of witnesses to the crime.

On October 3, 1995 OJ was found not guilty of both murders. "Members of Simpson's family cried tears of joy in the courtroom as the family of murder victim Ron Goldman wept just a few feet away. The moment was the third most "universally impactful" televised moment of the last 50 years behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 according to a survey by Nielsen and Sony."

An estimated 100 million people worldwide watched or listened to the verdict announcement. Trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange decreased by 41%. Water usage decreased as people avoided using bathrooms. So much work stopped that the verdict cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity.

The Aftermath

The OJ trial is to the date the most famous of all. Many new documentaries and TV series are still appearing in our culture today's . OJ is now serving 33 year prison sentence, as he was convicted of many other crimes.

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