Simpson’s Case Revisited
Juyoung Yi (이주영)
Orenthal James Simpson, or more commonly known as O.J. Simpson, was accused of murdering his ex-wife and waiter, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. The case was held in court for a very long time period – from the jury’s swearing-in on November 9, 1994 to a verdict on October 3, 1995 almost a year has passed. The former professional football player and actor hired an elite team of lawyers called the ‘Dream Team’, including Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran.
Simpson and Brown became married after O.J. had retired from playing football in 1985. The relationship between the married couple lasted for about seven years and the suspect’s wife filed for divorce.
On June 13, 1994, two years after the divorce, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found dead outside of Brown’s condo in Los Angeles. She has been found stabbed many times in the head and neck area.
Lawyers pleaded for Simpson to surrender and turn himself in, but did not agree. This led to a chase between the police and the suspect, and after being chased for about 50 miles O.J. Simpson finally agreed to surrender, but only if he could talk to his mother.
During the trials, the suspect pleaded not guilty to both of the murder case. Simpson denied the killings and when asked guilty or not guilty he replied, “Absolutely, one hundred percent, not guilty”.
The case turned into a racial matter – Simpson’s side asserted that the suspect was being discriminated because he was black. The juries were changed so that the original pool of 40% white, 28% black, 17% Hispanic, and 15% Asian would be changed into nine black, two white and one Hispanic jury in the court.
There was a lot of controversy during the trials. For example, a pair of bloody gloves suggested as evidence turned out not to fit Simpson’s hands. But it has also been found out that the suspect did not take medication, namely anti-inflammatory the day before, causing his hands to swell up. Also his elite defense team suggested that two major police witnesses committed perjury and such.
All in all, the verdict was that O.J. Simpson was not guilty. There’s been a lot of controversy about the outcome of the trials. Although Simpson was found not to be guilty, the Goldmans had filed a civil wrongful death suit and were awarded $8.5 million.
Later, Simpson became imprisoned in Nevada for a different case, such as armed robbery and kidnapping. He is in the jail cell even today.
The double homicide case, however, has been rekindled recently. After two decades, it has been reported that a knife has been found in the grounds of Simpson’s old estate. New questions are arising, such as to why the police officer had found the knife in 2002 or 2003, but hadn’t turn it in sooner.
“O.J. Simpson (right) with the ‘Dream Team’”
Former officer George Maycott received the knife from a construction worker. Maycott had already retired from LAPD in 1998 and by the time he got the knife he was working as security for a TV show. The ex-officer claims that he had called the police department but was told that the case was closed and nothing would change. When the LAPD captain was asked a question about this, he replied, “I don’t know that.”
The knife has been taken for DNA testing and although it has been many years since the incident the police were hoping to find out new evidence. However, the testing showed that the knife was not used for the murder case. The truth of the murder case remains veiled to this day.