What is the Significance?
This was the first major trial to be televised since that of the watergate trial, which would change how major trials would be publicized for decades to come and even until today. It provided distractions from normal political and social divisions in society as well as being another example of how not every celebrity or athlete is as untouchable as they may seem. This is a key realization for American society, as they tend to revere their celebrities and athletes as role models for their own lives.
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