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This is a complete presentation about O.J. Simpson's three trials, parole hearings and release. THERE ARE MANY ACTUAL SLIDES FOR YOUR REVIEW IN THE PREVIEW. THIS IS YOUR BEST INDICATION OF PRODUCT QUALITY.
This product includes a 20 point multiple choice test with answer key plus a complete set of FLASHCARDS for review and/or class discussion.
IMPORTANT: I HAVE RECENTLY ADDED ENHANCEMENTS TO THIS PRODUCT AS A FREE BONUS. To my amazement, I have received two criticisms about the bonus material added because they have "lots of words" for a slide. This material is added on for you to use in some creative way with your students. It looks different from the other material and was never intended as part of the original presentation. Specifically these materials are: the closing arguments used in the OJ trial and excerpts from the OJ documentary. They were added in during 2017-2018. It was my idea that you would post these materials somewhere for your students to read on their own as a lesson enhancement. Please use these enhancements in the spirit in which they were given to you as a free bonus.
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This is the most televised case in the world and it is used to compare and contrast criminal v civil trials. I have added into this mix the third element, O.J.'s criminal conviction in Nevada.
In June 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were fatally stabbed outside Brown's condominium in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson divorced two years earlier. O.J. Simpson was subsequently arraigned on a double murder charge which meant no bail and a possible death penalty verdict. Double homicide is a capital offense in California. Simpson pleaded not guilty to both murders. The prosecution later removed the death penalty from the charge, lowering it to life imprisonment.
The O. J. Simpson murder case (People v. Simpson) was a criminal trial held in the Los Angeles County, California Superior Court, Judge Lance Ito presiding. The prosecutors, Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, held it in a highly black area which resulted in a mostly black jury. Simpson hired a team of lawyers, including F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen , Carl E. Douglas and Johnnie Cochran. Attorneys specializing in DNA evidence, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, were hired to discredit the prosecution's DNA evidence. Simpson's defense team, dubbed the "Dream Team" by reporters, also argued that LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman planted evidence at the crime scene because he hated blacks.
The jury returned a not guilty verdict on Simpson, acquitting him of the double murder. In post-trial interviews with the jurors, a few said that they believed Simpson probably committed the murders but that the prosecution bungled the case.
The Civil Case Brought By The Families
The parents of Goldman, Fred Goldman and Sharon Rufo, brought civil suit against Simpson for wrongful death, and Brown's estate, represented by her father Lou Brown, brought suit against Simpson in a "survivor suit." This was brought in white Santa Monica which influenced the jury pool’s being white. Simpson was subpoenaed to testify on his own behalf. He did very poorly on the stand, exhibiting very poor control over himself. The jury unanimously found there was a preponderance of evidence to find Simpson liable for damages in the wrongful death of Goldman and Brown.
O.J. Las Vegas-Criminal Case-Robbery
This case arose in 2007 in Nevada. On the night of September 13, 2007, a group of men led by Simpson entered a room in the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas and left with various sports memorabilia and one phone. According to Bruce Fromong, a self-described former sports memorabilia dealer and the first witness in Simpson's preliminary hearing, the group of men broke into his room and stole Simpson memorabilia at gunpoint. On October 3, 2008, the jury unanimously found Simpson guilty on all 12 counts against him, including robbery and kidnapping charges. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison while eligible for parole in nine years. In July 2017, OJ Simpson was granted parole with his release scheduled for October 2017. He was then 70 years old.