Jury selection starts today in yet, another OJ Simpson court case.
Simpson and a golfing buddy from North Las Vegas have pleaded not guilty to 12 charges stemming from an incident a year ago involving two sports collectibles dealers peddling Simpson memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel-casino.
Simpson says “As always, I rely on the jury system.”
In case you missed it, over 10 years ago Simpson was acquitted in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The trial was deemed by many as the “Trial of the Century.”
The Simpson trial was broadcast live on several cable stations including CNN. It brought fame to many people including Simpson, his legal team led by Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey and the California court system in general. It was filled with a colorful cast of characters and drama that was better than the rival soap operas that were on at the same time. The defense team proved reasonable doubt by having OJ try on the glove that was found at the crime scene “if it doesn’t fit- you must acquit” said Cochran to the jury. And they did.
Simpson was later found liable in the civil suit for the deaths and he was ordered to pay a $33.5 million judgment to Goldman’s family. Whether or not he actually paid is doubtful according to the press that followed.
The trial wore on most everyone, no matter which side you believed. Many of us decided on our side based on color or the fact that a celebrity (once a very likable football hero) was in the defense. But, it wore on us as a nation. Luckily we have moved on.
Today, Simpson is without his high profile lawyers. The drama is gone. Many of us are rolling our eyes at the idea of , “here we go again”. We have other things on our minds like a presidential race, a war in Iraq, and of course a recession.
Do we even care about OJ any more?