The O. J. Simpson Murder Trial

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The O.J. Simpson Evidence The O.J. Simpson murder trial, which was held in Los Angeles County Superior Court, involved a former professional football star that was being tried for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, a waiter, in late 1995. The trial itself has been considered by many as the most publicized trial in modern American history. However, as in every criminal trial case there are substantial amounts of key evidence that is obtained and is ultimately produced to show that the crime was committed. The Associated Press (1996) revealed in a newspaper article in USA Today some of the key pieces of evidence that were obtained; First, evidence of crime scene blood was introduced, an examination showed…show more content…
The bloody gloves, which were dark, made of cashmere, and were extra-large, were located at behind Mr. Simpson’s guest home. The bloody socks, which were also dark, were found at the foot of Mr. Simpson’s bed, and upon further DNA testing, also discovered genetic markers of both Mr. Simpson and Nicole. Ultimately, the last piece of evidence that was admitted was the actual Ford Bronco. Inside of the Ford Bronco, small amounts of blood was recovered from multiple sources inside the vehicle, followed by small spots of blood that were located on the “outside of the driver’s door handle” (The Associated Press, 1996). Finally, Gaensslen et al., express that the bloody sock, bloody glove, and the blood located inside and outside of the vehicle coincide with evidence that is deposited at the scene, is either laid down or left behind by a physical process…show more content…
Simpson trial can either be identified into two distinct areas when classifying evidence. All evidence that is going to be presented to courts must first be classified and depending on its similarities to other objects, its classification is crucial. For example, the hairs and fibers that were found, would be classified under identification. According to Gaensslen et al., identification is a system to place things into groups according to their basic characteristics (2008). Here, the hair and blue fibers that were found fall directly into this system of identification. However, that is not the same for all the other blood items that were found in the scene. Even though, individualization is defined as “an object is unique, even among members of the same class, or that two separate objects were at one time a single object” (Gaensslen et al., 2008). However, DNA, which does not seem to fit under individualization, has now been adapted to fit in this section. Thus, the crime scene blood, bloody gloves, bloody socks and the bloody Bronco fall into this category of

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