Problems with the OJ Simpson Trial

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On June 12, 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found dead at her home in Brentwood, CA. Orenthal James Simpson, or O.J. Simpson was notified of their deaths and immediately taken into custody for questions. Upon the collection of various pieces of evidence from the crime scene, all avenues pointed to Simpson as the culprit for the double murder. The conclusion of Simpson criminal trial resulted in his acquittal. There were various reasons for this acquittal. The most prominent reasons include accusations of racism, evidence contamination, and the lack of faith in DNA profiling. This paper will discuss the issues that arose with the trial in depth and offer an explanation and solution to resolving issues so that the issues do not repeat themselves in the future from the lack of knowledge and from learning from the mistakes of previous cases such as this one. The first issue, accusations of racism, played a pivotal role in ensuring the innocence of Simpson. Race seemed to have become the main issue in Simpson’s murder trial rather than the death of the two victims. This infamous trial became the face and main headliner of the media in 1995. The public saw two Caucasian victims and a black defendant. According to author Stanley O. Gaines, Jr., many Caucasian citizens took the side of then LAPD detective, Mark Fuhrman and many black citizens took the side of Simpson (Gaines 2001). The trial seemed to have transformed into a racial war rather than a criminal trial (Thernstrom & Fetter 1996). Caucasian citizens felt that Fuhrman was unfairly being discredited due to allegations of being a bigot and African American citizens believed that the acquittal of Simpson served as reparations of the unfa... ... middle of paper ... ...etter. (n.d.). Protecting the Crime Scene. Retrieved April 2, 2014, from http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/evidenc1.html Gaines, S. (1995). OJ Simpson, Mark Fuhrman, and the moral “low ground” of ethnic/race relations in the United States. Black Scholar, 2546-47. Imwinkelried, E. J. (1992). Attempts to Limit the Scope of the Frye Standard for the Admission of Scientific Evidence: Confronting the Real Cost of the General Acceptance Test. Behavioral Sciences & The Law, 10(4), 441-454. Jasanoff, S. (1998). The Eye of Everyman: Witnessing DNA in the Simpson Trial. Social Studies Of Science (Sage Publications, Ltd.), 28(5/6), 713. Price, M. (2012). THE PROPER APPLICATION OF DAUBERT TO EXPERT TESTIMONY IN CLASS CERTIFICATION. Lewis & Clark Law Review, 16(4), 1349-1379. Thernstrom, A., & Fetter, H. D. (1996). From Scottsboro to Simpson. Public Interest, (122), 17-27.
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