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People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson

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Transcript of People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson

Introduction To The Situation *On the evening of June 12, 1994, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and acquaintance Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her home ("Simpson Trial")

* O.J. was immediately a key suspect ("Simpson Trial")

* Prosecutors believed they had enough evidence to bring charges against O.J.

*5 days after the murder, O.J. had a warrant issued for his arrest (Boan)

*In his Ford Bronco, driven by his friend Al Cowlings, he led police on a slow sixty mile pursuit throught L.A. ending at his home (Boan) People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson * O.J. went on trial on
January 24, 1995. ("Simpson Trial")

*Simpson had his personal attorney
Robert Shapiro put together a
dream team of a defense. (Boan)

*Simpson's social status made this a prime target for media

* The lead investigator was Mark Furman (Clark)

*O.J.'s role in the yet to be aired, "Frogmen" gave prosecutors belief that he was trained and able to carry out the murders. O.J. Pleads Not Guilty *Prosecutors could not find
a motive for O.J. to commit
the murders

*There were 126 witnesses
called in to testify for both sides ("The People of")

*Prosecutors made O.J. try on articles of clothing trying to tie him to the murders ("The People of")


*Johnnie Cochran, one of Simpson's defense attorneys pounded the phrase "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." (Boan) The Verdict *On the morning of October 3, 1995, the jurors began reviewing the case and coming up with a verdict (Boan)

*It it took less than four hours to reach their verdict ("Simpson Trial")

*As nearly 100 million people watched or listened, the jury declared Simpson "not guilty" (Boan) Resolution *O.J. was found not guilty, but in 1997 in a liability case, he was court ordered to pay Goldman's family $33.5 million in damages ("Simpson, O.J.")

*Simpson wrote a book, "If I Did It" ("Simpson, O.J.")

*People were left wondering if Simpson's wealth and social status played a role in the cases outcomes (Boan) O.J. Simpson
Murder Case By: Caleb Maddas Works Cited Offense v. Defense *Some key witnesses
in the trial were:
-Rosa Lopez
-Allen Park
-Kato Kaelin (Boan)
*Mark Furman claimed
that he found evidence at Simpson's house matching what was at the crime scene ("The People of")
*The defense argued that the police planted evidence and pinned it on O.J. out of hate and racism. Furman in particular (Boan)
*They also argued that evidence had been tampered with and not actually collected at the scene. A National Affair *Police were called in to L.A. for the verdict to prevent any race riots

*President Clinton was personally briefed on safety precautions about the trial (Emery)

* It lasted almost 9 months

*It cost the L.A. court system $9 million ("Simpson Trial")

*It was a celebrity court case (Boan) Things That Could've Changed The Verdict *Publicity, correct evidence, unheard witnesses, lack of racist accusations. Boan, Devon. "O. J. Simpson Trial." Great Events from History: The Twentieth Century, 1971- 2000. Ed. Robert F. Gorman. 6 vols. Salem Press, 2008. Salem History Web. 12 May. 2013.
Clark, Marcia, and Teresa Carpenter. "The Has-been." Without a Doubt. New York: Viking, 1997. 19. Print.
Emery, Debbie. "Radar Online." Radar Online. N.p., 3 Oct. 2012. Web. 12 May 2013. <http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/10/oj-simpsons-acquittal-trial-century/>.
"The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson: Wigmo Analysis." Law Firms, Drafts, and Legal Documents. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2013. <http://www.lawyersnjurists.com/articles-reports-journals/law-and-ethics/people-state- california-v-orenthal-james-simpson-wigmo-analysis/>
" Simpson, O.J. ." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 11 May 2013.
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"Simpson Trial." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 12 May. 2013.
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