ojsimpsontrial - Nick Fortune Law 105.04 April 4 2006...

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Nick Fortune Law 105.04 April 4, 2006 Famous Trials: OJ Simpson The trial I have chosen to write about is the OJ Simpson murder trial. As we all know, he was charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles, California in 1994. The trial for the criminal case was then brought to trial and it lasted for over a year. OJ Simpson took on the prosecutors with the help of a “dream team” of defense lawyers. This will help you understand the events which took place during the trial. OJ Simpson who is the defendant in this trial had gained fame prior to this murder trial. He was a star football player for the USC Trojans where he won the Heisman Trophy and set many NCAA records and also a star player in the NFL when he played for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. Simpson met Nicole in 1979 while still married to his first wife; the two were then married in 1985. Nicole Brown Simpson, one of the victims was only 18 when she first met OJ but the two stayed together. They were only married for about seven years as they were divorced in 1992. She had also dated one of OJ’s rivals, Marcus Allen. The other victim, Ronald Goldman was a waiter and model. He said him and Nicole were only friends when asked by his friends. It is believed he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time as at the time of the murder he had just stopped by to return a pair of glasses. Defense attorney Jonnie Cochran is another key figure in this trial. He was OJ’s main defense attorney in the case. Johnnie Cochran. began his legal career in Los Angeles as a Deputy Attorney for the city's criminal division. Cochran worked his way through the ranks to accept a position as
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Assistant District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Cochran left the D.A.'s office to start his own firm, handling both criminal and civil cases. Cochran had known Simpson casually prior to representing him, though only casually. Cochran's willingness to meet with Simpson in jail helped Cochran to find favor with Simpson and he eventually replaced Shapiro as Simpson’s head attorney. The next defense attorney who played a large part in this case is Robert Shapiro. He was a well-known Los Angeles defense attorney and had successfully defended athletes such as Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, and Vince Coleman. Shapiro struggled to keep his position as head counsel in the Simpson case and he finally realized he could not remain in charge. After this, he became upset by some decisions made by the team without his approval. The prosecuting team consisted of Marsha Clark and Christopher Darden. Marsha Clark was the kind of lawyer who loved going to trial. She joined the District Attorney office in 1981 and quickly moved up in her positions. Clark saw Simpson as an evil man and personalized the prosecution of OJ Simpson. The other prosecutor Christopher Darden had joined the District Attorney’s office in 1980. The fact that Darden was an African-American was significant because the Simpson jury was
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