Why was the O.J Simpson murder trial named the "Trial of the century"?Why was the O.J Simpson murder trial named the "Trial of the century"?

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larrygates eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It was called the Trial of the Century because of the sensationalism attached to the trial. O.J. Simpson was famous as a professional football player, and had several stints as a commentator and even performed in some commercials. That plus the fact that cameras were allowed in the courtroom--something very seldom seen--and the crack team of defense attorneys who represented him, the likes of F. Lee Bailey and Johnny Cothran, were enough to make the trial even more sensational. There was nothing earth shattering about the case itself; other than perhaps the fact that evidence was planted, which led to the sensationalism it received. In my opinion, a disservice was done to the justice system by allowing it to proceed televised.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The media named it the trial of the century because they love to exaggerate. It was a heavily televised trial, and it was the media chomping at the bit. They chummed the waters. There was already public interest, but the continuous news coverage, at a time when it was just becoming common, created the trial of the century.