O. J. Simpson Is Acquitted (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: Following a legal process lasting more than a year, a former football and media star’s acquittal for murder aroused nationwide controversy.
Simpson Is Tried for Murder
Shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific standard time on October 3, 1995, a defendant was found not guilty in a Los Angeles, California, court. This ordinary event was news around the world because of the defendant involved and the publicity surrounding his trial.
Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, the murdered bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson, the former wife of college and professional football star O. J. Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found on a walkway in front of Nicole Simpson’s condominium. O. J. Simpson, in Chicago, Illinois, when told of the killings, became a suspect within days of the crime. He was scheduled to be arraigned by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on June 17. Simpson did not show up for the arraignment and eventually was found cruising down a Los Angeles freeway as a passenger in his white Ford Bronco automobile. After a low-speed chase by the police, Simpson surrendered and was taken into custody.
Tens of millions of people watched the Bronco chase, which was televised live across the nation and throughout the world. From that point on, the Simpson case was a huge media spectacle, with every move carefully scrutinized by everyone from legal experts to the mass...
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