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Forensic Evidence and the OJ Simpson Case

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Alexis Rotbart

on 10 May 2017

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Transcript of Forensic Evidence and the OJ Simpson Case

Forensic Evidence and the OJ Simpson Case
Forensics at the time
The Evidence
OJ's Trial
Because forensics was not something widely understood, and because the collection techniques and samples were so poor, the jurors mainly discarded the forensic evidence and judged the case based off of who they thought OJ was. The bloody glove was not handled properly when collected for evidence as well as a vial of OJ's blood. Because there was doubt that the police had any real evidence it was not counted. The people believed that if the glove was too small for OJ he couldn't have possibly committed the crime.
If the evidence had been properly handled then perhaps there would not have been so much doubt concerning it. Also if the specialists who were called in to testify had used laymans, or simple, terminology the jurors might have understood the forensic evidence and reached a different conclusion.
The Crime
In 1994 a double homicide occurred and OJ Simpson was the prime suspect. His ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman were killed on June 12th of 1994. Police found the bodies about 2 hours after the murder and entered the premises without a warrant for fear that someone else might have been hurt. It was a violent murder where Nicole Brown Simpson had been stabbed many times and the C3 vertebra was cut, Nicole also had defensive wounds. A single bloody glove was found at the crime scene, and when police went to inform OJ that his ex-wife was dead, a matching bloody glove was found on his property.

At the scene of the crime collection of evidence was not secure and a bloody fingerprint from a gate was not collected. There was a vial of blood collected that was not immediately entered in the chain of custody, when the vial was later examined it was found that blood was missing from there. A lens from a pair of glasses also went missing while in police custody and people without police access entered into OJ Simpsons car at least twice. Because of poor collection techniques and standards there were also more bloody shoe prints left by lab technicians than by the person who actually committed the crime.
At the time of the infamous OJ case DNA evidence was still fairly new and many people did not understand how it worked or what the scientific words meant. The people on the jury understood that a glove could not have fit on OJ's hand because it was too small but they could not understand that matching columns on a DNA test meant that the DNA from the crime scene and from the suspect were a match.
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