Funnily enough I remember this case vividly as it was what about 92/93 ish? I had just got Sky for the first time and on Sky News (and maybe BBC news too - i twas the very early days of 24 hour news TV too) they covered the trial "live" (LA being 8 hours behind us, it was on from about late afternoon to the early hours of the next day) and I watched it avidly.
Youve got to realise that back then 24 hour rolling news was a novelty so that piqued my interest, plus I was(am) a big NFL fan and OJ was one of the legends of the game (genuinely world-class, where that term is so overused, bt he really was one of the greats). So it was a bit like Bobby Moore or Gary Lineker being on trial for murder here!
He clearly did commit the murder but I also suspected a not guilty verdict could well be delivered as there was such a groundswell of public opinion in the air against the LAPD (and most police forces) at the time - the racism was quite horrendous - and I believe the verdict was quite a moral one in a way. It sent a message to the LAPD saying "we are prepared to see 1 guilty man go free to force you to take action to reform yourselves so that we have a fairer, less prejudiced police force" and so it is for the greater good.
Of course Niocole Smith's family successfully sued OJ in a private prosecution (where the burden of proof is just a matter of 'balance of probability' as opposed to 'beyond reasonable doubt') and he got hit for millions which he was still nowhere close to paying back at the time of his latest incarceration.
So all in all, the LAPD got radically reformed, the family got some compensation, OJ had a few years of freedom but in vastly reduced circumstances and enjed up in jail anyway... and it was gripping "live TV" at the time too, so I have very fond memories of the whole affair!
My old man said be a City fan...
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