The prosecution was fatally wounded, beaten, battered, and humiliated by the defense. To the prosecution, the case should’ve been relatively simple because “a mountain of evidence” supported it: Simpson had an abusive relationship with Nicole and was jealous of her since their marriage ended. Simpson dropped the bloody gloves, one at the crime scene and one at his home. He wore shoes the same size as the footprints leading away from the crime scene. His blood was everywhere, some of it mixed in with that of the victims.
He had a motive; he had the opportunity; he had no alibi for the time frame of the murders; but he had a defense team that shot holes through all that evidence. Late in the afternoon of Friday September 29th, Judge Ito issued his instructions to the jury, sending them back to their hotel, telling them not to begin their actual deliberation until Monday, October 2nd. Having selected #230 Armanda Cooley as their foreperson, the jury sat down at 9:16 a. m.
in the deliberation room at the Superior Court building and began its review of the trial. At 2:28 p. m. , jurors notified Judge Ito that a verdict had been reached. He announced to the court that he would disclose it the following morning at 10:00 a. m. By 9:45 a. m. next morning, the courtroom was full; everyone still and quiet as the jury was seated. The judge ruled the court was in session and asked the foreperson to give the verdict to court clerk Deirdre Robertson.
Nervously, her voice faltering as she scanned the verdict, she read out: “Supreme Court of California, County of Los Angeles in the matter of the State of California versus Orenthal James Simpson, case number BA 097211. We the jury, in the above-entitled action, find the defendant, Orenthal James Simpson, not guilty of the crime of murder. ” The defense did it, Simpson got away with murder. Simpson was guilty of murder, without a shadow of a doubt. What the defense did was play the game of justice better than the prosecution.
If it wasn’t for the prosecution’s bad investigation and the forensic procedural mistakes, Simpson wouldn’t have had a chance. The DNA evidence alone was enough to convict, but since the techniques used to gather that evidence shone to be flawed and not procedurally correct, a murderer is free. The case was never a case to be won by the prosecution. The prosecution lost the case because of two distinct reasons: what district the trial was held at, and who the defendant was.
At first, one might believe that it was a trial with an important racial overtone; a trial about black injustices facilitated by white perpetrators. What overtone the O. J. Simpson trial carried was the social difference not between blacks and whites, but the rich and the poor. In all reality, Simpson didn’t get acquitted because he was black. Simpson bought his acquittal. Some things in life may be priceless, but in the state of California on October 3, 1994, twelve people put a price tag on freedom and sold out the lives of two innocent people.