Outside Influences Caused a Different Outcome In the Trial of The State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson Erica Hoffman US History 3rd Period Mr. White February 8, 2019 “No matter the outcome of the trial, O. J. Simpson is guilty. There can be no doubt in the mind of
any reasonable person. In fact, the question in the Simpson case has never been whether he is guilty or not guilty but, given the facts and circumstances of this case, whether it is possible for him to be innocent.” 1 That is a statement that a Los Angeles District Attorney stated in his book, Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Got Away with Murder. Mr. Bugliosi was an extremely successful prosecutor with a 105 of 106 felony conviction record, including a perfect 22 of 22 murder convictions. He states that there is no reasonable doubt that Orenthal James Simpson was guilty, but the fact of the matter in the case was whether or not the defense attorneys in the trial could concoct a story to create a shred of Mr. James’s innocence. Outside influences caused a different outcome in The State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson. These influences include stories or stipulations other than those within the facts and scientific evidence of the case. The two most prominent outside influences include, the jury’s pre existing notions and the defense attorneys tampering in the case. Many people have probably heard of the controversy in the O.J. case, but this paper will present you with the facts. Orenthal James Simpson was born on July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California. Mr. Simpson first stepped into the spotlight with his football career. He was extremely successful in college and won the Heisman trophy at USC. He was the number one draft pick to the Buffalo Bills. He played in the NFL for 10 years until his 1979 retirement. At the time he retired, he was second with total career yards, tallying 11,236. After his football career, Mr. Simpson became a sports commentator and actor. In 1985, O.J. was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also married Nicole Brown Simpson in 1985, and they later divorced in 1992. On June 12, 1994, O.J.’s ex-wife, Nicole and L.A. restaurant, Mezzaluna waiter, Ron Goldman were stabbed to death outside of Nicole’s Brentwood home. O.J. was charged with and ultimately acquitted of these murders in a lengthy, televised trial. 2 Murder is a criminal charge, and therefore requires a criminal trial. The prosecution, in this case, The State of California’s, burden of proof in a criminal trial is beyond a reasonable doubt. The precedent set in the case Victor v. Nebraska states that “Reasonable doubt is not a mere possible doubt. It is an actual substantial doubt.” 3 The prosecution persisted towards proving their burden of proof, but as Mr. Bugliosi stated, it was not whether Mr.
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