Today in Legal History: O.J. Simpson Acquitted

After a 252-day, televised trial, former Heisman Trophy winner and famous television personality, Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson was acquitted on October 3, 1995,  of the stabbing murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.  Since the June 1994 brutal murder, the resulting investigation and prosecution had dominated the news.  The televised footage of police cars following a slow-moving white Ford Bronco on a L.A. area freeway is one enduring image from that time.  Another is the single leather glove found at the crime scene.  Represented by a “dream team” of legal elites, Simpson was able to cast doubt on most of the testimony offered against him.

The Simpson trial offers many opportunities to further explore this moment in legal history.  Our Culp Reading Collection on the 3rd floor contains an extensive collection on racism in the law and critical race theory.  We also have materials dealing with the intersection of science and the law.  Here is a small sampling of what we offer:

If the intersection between law and science interests you, consider these resources in our library:

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