if the O.J. trial had happened 10 years later

17 11 2006

I’m not going to get started on the O.J. situation, other than calling it a debacle.  But I will provide a link that offers a unique perspective on the trial — how there was a racial divide then, and how the trial would be different now.  He makes some very interesting points. Here’s an excerpt so you can decide if you want to follow the link :

If the trial happened in 2004 instead of 1995, Simpson and his gravity-defying noggin probably would be rotting away in prison right now. He couldn’t have survived the overwhelming DNA evidence. The science is the same, but thanks to the startling popularity of “CSI” and “CSI: Miami,” forensics doesn’t seem nearly as complicated today as it did in the mid-’90s, when scientists wasted entire days of the trial simply explaining the basics of DNA evidence to the jurors. Of course, those efforts were completely wasted, as evidenced by the words of one juror after the trial:

“I didn’t understand the DNA stuff at all. To me, it was just a waste of time. It was way out there and carried no weight with me.”

Keep in mind: Blood was found at the crime scene, dripping on the left side of the footprints leaving the area (and yes, O.J. had an unexplained cut on his left hand). There was a 1-in-57 billion chance that the blood did not belong to O.J. There was blood in the Bronco, blood on the rear gate, blood on O.J.’s socks (found in his bedroom at home), blood on the gloves (one left at the crime scene, the other dropped behind Kato’s guest house at the Rockingham estate). In each case, the odds were in the millions and billions that the aforementioned blood didn’t belong to Simpson, his ex-wife or Ron Goldman. This would have been the most boring episode of “CSI” ever; Gil Grissom might have sent O.J. packing in 10 minutes.

But this was 10 years ago.

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