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October 3, 1995 - O.J. Simpson Acquitted of Murder - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 3, in the year 1995, former football star O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Labeled by the media as the "Crime of the Century", the trial lasted 252 days.  Simpson's team of criminal defense lawyers painted him as a victim of a racist, biased and incompetent Los Angeles Police Department.  The defense was aided by audiotapes of detective Mark Fuhrman using racial epithets which he had denied uttering in previous sworn testimony.  Though the prosecutors contended that there was a “mountain of evidence” linking Simpson to the crime scene, including DNA evidence, the jury unanimously agreed that his guilt had not been proved "beyond a reasonable doubt."

When the verdict was announced on October 3, 1995, an estimated 140 million Americans listened in on radio or watched on television as the verdict was delivered.    When the clerk read, "not guilty," from the verdict form, Simpson appeared relieved and said "thank you" to the jurors.

Simpson’s trials in criminal court, however,  were not over.   In 2007, Simpson was arrested for breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room and taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint.  See my blog entry “September 13, 2007, O.J. Simpson Commits Robbery - Today In Crime History".    Ironically, exactly twelve years later, on October 3, 2008, Simpson was found guilty at trial of multiple criminal charges related to that incident, including armed robbery and kidnapping, resulting in a sentence of 33 years in prison.

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