Essay on The Era Of The 1990

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Throughout the course of American history, the era of the 1990’s certainly stands out. The justice system at the time seemed to have flaws, with it being put up to the test. Many infamous events happened during the 1990’s that defined the judicial system. This includes the Los Angeles riots, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy, and the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. However, no case during that time (or in the 20th century) was as talked about as the O.J. Simpson murder case. On June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s bodies were found, as they were stabbed to death in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. The evidence found was pointing toward Nicole Brown Simpson’s husband- former football player Orenthal James Simpson. (Hunt, 17) The events leading up to his very infamous trial led to a whirlwind of media speculation. However, does the Simpson trial actually display the flaws of the American judicial system at the time? Did privilege, race, and the media actively play a part in Simpson’s verdict? The O.J. Simpson murder trial is a scarily accurate representation of how bias was rampant within the justice system of the mid 1990’s. Before delving into the murder case, the profile of Orenthal James Simpson must be examined. Simpson first found fame when he was a successful running back at the University of Southern California, where he won the Heisman Trophy. He was then drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1969 NFL Draft,…

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