Prelude & Part 1

It has been just over fifteen years since, on October 3, 1995, a Los Angeles jury, after a trial lasting more than eight months, acquitted Orenthal James Simpson of double murder, after very short deliberations. A photo taken at the moment the verdict was announced was published in every country in the world that had media facilities. Depending on one’s race, in many instances, cheers or groans erupted. In the days that followed, a backlash against the verdict and Simpson began to swell among the majority, with redneck types shouting the loudest. Never in my experience has a summarily acquitted defendant been the subject of such anger and derision. Never before in my experience has a racist cop been forced to plead guilty to perjury during a murder trial, only to have his wrist lightly slapped (you’ve been a bad boy...) and go on to become a folk hero and sometime author to the redneck community...
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Part 2

I. THE PROPENSITY AND MOTIVE: Although it not necessary to prove that an accused had a motive to commit either charged crime, or a propensity to act in the kind of violent way embraced by that crime, the fact is that detectives usually look right at the outset at whether a suspect had either or both of these incentives. Simpson had neither. The best the prosecution could do in these categories was to argue that (1) Simpson had hit his wife early in January of 1989, a misdemeanor to which he pleaded guilty and paid his penalty, and (2) that he was insanely jealous of Nicole, and killed her in a rage. But the witnesses lent little credence to these hollow claims... continue reading downloadable PDF

Part 3

On July 14, 1994, a week or so after the Preliminary Hearing had been concluded, Newsweek and The New Yorker magazines both broke a story headlining Mark Fuhrman. Eleven years earlier, it seems, Fuhrman had sued the City of Los Angeles, asking in essence that he be retired early with a disability pension. He claimed that he had become so enraged during his dealing with minority youth gangs - mainly African-American - in the course of his duties, that he was no longer fit to continue. His hatred for these young men was so deep- seated, he asserted in an affidavit filed with the suit, that he might be unable to contain himself...
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