On June 12, 1994, Former American football star O. J. Simpson (Orenthal James Simpson) was arrested for the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in their Brent-wood townhouse. Police reports indicate that Nicole and Ronald where both repeatedly stabbed to death. O. J. served 473 days in custody for these two murders, won his criminal trial which was the lengthiest in the U. S. legal history showing more than 50,000 transcript pages, and after all of this he pleaded 100% not guilty, walking away from all this with no scratch in his name.
There are several emotions that surrounded this court case. Racism is just one of the profound emotions that Americans came up with. O. J. , being African-American, had more African American supporters than you could even realize. According to BBC. co. uk “polls suggested that most black Americans regarded O. J. As a victim of racism in contrast to more than 50% of whites who considered him guilty. ” Polls, however mean nothing when it comes down to a murder trial. What really matters is the evidence, in which can either set you free, or make you pay the ultimate price.
There was an abundance of evidence recovered by police and the prosecuting attorney that really makes you think about how in the world this man was set free. For instance, there was a bloody shoe found around the crime scene but not just any shoe, it was a size 12 Bruno Magli shoe, a relatively rare Italian-made model. It just so happens that O. J. Simpson wears a size 12. It also happens to be a coincidence that, according to the prosecuting attorney, O. J. Shopped at this particular store that often sold this brand of shoe. Another Strong piece of evidence was the blood stains found in and on O.
J. ‘s car, clothes, and the murder weapon. What stands out more than anything is how all the blood traced back to O. J. Out of all the DNA blood testing that was done, O. J. ‘s blood was found in every single DNA particle. This would seem pretty compelling to a rookie grand jury, but with 14 of the top defense attorneys that O. J. Came up with, it’s not surprising how they came up with a defense. Their defense was that O. J. Cut his hand a week before the murder in New York, which doesn’t explain how O. J. ‘s blood was there. However O. J.
Openly admitted that his cut had reopened the night he was at Nicole’s, but that was before the official murder. Another cunning piece of evidence was the bloody glove found behind Nicole’s house, that had fit O. J. ‘s hand and supposedly had blood in it, but when it was time to call the glove as evidence in the court room, there was no blood. This leads us into question about whether or not racism played a role in the lengthiest trial in United States history. With the help of a strong team of forensic experts, the lawyers were able to identify irregularities in the conduct of the investigation by LAPD detectives and forensic specialists.
For example, one of the detectives Philip Vannatter, had carried a sample of Simpson’s around with him for hours: and some of the blood taken from Simpson was unaccounted for. After much investigation, the defense team found evidence that Mark Fuhrman, the detective who allegedly found the bloody glove in Simpson’s yard, was a raving racist who, contrary to his claim on the stand, frequently used the word “nigger” and had bragged about framing blacks, especially those involved with white women. ( Thagard, Paul, 2003 pg. 364)
The last piece of evidence, that wasn’t evidence in the court case, was the jury. Some people believe in the saying of “you get what you got coming to you”, others believe in a more moral standpoint of fairness. What normal people don’t see and don’t realize is that jurors are people too, they have emotions like us, they eat and sleep just like us, so why can they be hated or loved within a split second? There is a substantial evidence that emotional bias on the part of the jurors may have contributed to their decision to acquit O. J. Simpson.
His lawyers hired a jury consultant who conduced a poll in which she found that 20% of the sample believed Simpson was innocent, and 50% did not want to believe Simpson was guilty. (Thagard, Paul 2003, pg. 371) Further polling found that only 3% of 200 African- Americans assumed that Simpson was guilty and 44% said that the Los Angeles Police had treated them unfairly at least once. Most Strikingly, 49% of divorced black women wanted to see Simpson acquitted. ( Thagard, 2003) Los Angeles Times poll of blacks in Los Angeles county found that 75% of them believed Simpson was framed.
Psychological experiments have also found that blacks were more likely than whites to view Simpson as innocent. (Thagard 2003) In conclusion, the abundance of evidence gathered surrounding the O. J. Simpson murder trial is outstanding, however the prosecuting attorney couldn’t real in the victory, but why? Did racism really play a role? Was the jury over emotional about the case? Police reports indicate that Nicole and Ronald where both repeatedly stabbed to death. O. J. erved 473 days in custody for these two murders, won his criminal trial which was the lengthiest in the U. S. legal history showing more than 50,000 transcript pages, and after all of this he pleaded 100% not guilty, walking away from all this with no scratch in his name.
“1995: OJ Simpson Verdict: ‘Not Guilty'” BBC News. BBC, 3 Oct. 2005. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www. bbc. co. uk/news/>. Thagard, Paul. “Why Wasn’t O. J. Convicted? Emotional Coherence in Legal Inference. ” (2003): 361-83. EBSCOHOST. Web. 20 Sept. 2012.