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1995: The O.J. Simpson Trial Begins

By Max / Published on Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 20:45 PM / No Comments / 27 views

On this day in 1995, opening statements began in the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson, the nearly nine-month televised court case dubbed the “Trial of the Century.”

Simpson was charged with the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her acquaintance, Ronald Goldman, and the lengthy, high-profile case against the football player-turned-actor made celebrities of the trial’s key players, including Judge Lance Ito, procecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, and Simpson’s “Dream Team” defense team: Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, Alan Dershowitz, F. Lee Bailey, Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Robert Kardashian.

The colorful proceedings — “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” — and ongoing media coverage kept viewers riveted. The live, “not guilty” verdict was witnessed by more than half the U.S. population.

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