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 that blood was found present next to bloody shoe prints, which lead away from both bodies; blood was also found to be present at the condominium gate; further investigation found that the blood that was found at the scene had Simpson’s genetic markers (The Associated Press, 1996). The blood that was introduced to the location of the crime scene resulted in evidence being introduced as “change induced” (Gaensslen, Harris, & Lee, 2008). This resulted because of the deposit of the blood to the area where there was no previous blood located before.
As stated earlier, in regards to the blood at the scene, there was also a size 12 bloody shoe print that was produced, upon further investigation, it was determined that the shoe print was that of a “Magli shoe” (The Associated Press, 1996), by coincidence, Mr. Simpson wore a size 12 shoe. Gaensslen et al., explain that this evidence was produced by means of imprint, this evidence was produced when “an object comes into contact with a hard surface an...
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...l role in the in America’s legal system, its presence is still “small but significant role in the rule of law” (Gaensslen et al., 2008).
Although evidence in presented to the courts for the possible conviction of criminals using forensic science, there are still issues that have raised in the past with the admissibility of the evidence into the legal system. In the past, courts have looked at individual cases and have questioned where specific tests fall under the “scientific community” (Gaensslen et al., 2008). As a result, the federal government has created Federal Rules of Evidence which were only applicable to federal cases within the federal spectrum. Over time, many states began adopting both the Federal rules and the Frye rule that uses basic standards that place emphasis on general acceptance in appropriate scientific community (Gaensslen et al., 2008).
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