O.J. Simpson Murder Trial Essay

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O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

Kyle Vladetich

Robert Haywood

CRIM 101

September 20th, 2012

O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

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.
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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

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