It was billed as the “Trial of the Century”. More than 20 years have passed since a Los Angeles jury found hall of fame football player O.J. Simpson innocent of double murder. But it appears Americans still cannot get enough of this case. During this past year, FX scored huge ratings with its award-winning The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, produced by Ryan Murphy. ESPN also received acclaim for its five-part documentary on Simpson. Now a new documentary series titled Is O.J. Simpson Innocent: The Missing Evidence is set to premiere January 15, 2017 on Investigation Discovery. The network will air two episodes for three consecutive nights. Actor and activist Martin Sheen will narrate the series, which features interviews with the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The six-part television series follows investigators and they reopen the controversial case that captured the attention of America and countless people throughout the world. The series attempts to expose facts that were overlooked by the prosecution, law enforcement and much of the media. The program goes into detail from beginning to end of the case, starting with the infamous Ford Bronco chase to the gathering of forensics and DNA to the search for the murder weapon.
How the O.J. Simpson Case Changed Criminal Law Defense
One of the most important lessons from the Simpson trial was the enormous influence the media can make and how trials would be covered. In many ways, the Simpson case changed the way the media reports the news. There was a time when news about celebrities was completely separate from standard journalism. Today, those two worlds have been blended together. It can be argued, Americans no longer watch the news. They now watch something called “newstainment”.
The Simpson trial also exposed the divide between Black and White America. Most whites who felt Simpson was guilty 20 years ago still feel the same today. The same could be said for African Americans who believed Simpson was innocent. The outcome was revolutionary for its time. For the first time, it showed African Americans that if there is doubt in the legal system, a suspect will not be found guilty. It can be argued the Simpson trial also changed the way whites looked at the American legal system, by calling for changes due to the outcome of one trial.
The job of a criminal defense attorney is filled with challenges. In a high-profile case with tremendous media scrutiny, it is common for the general public to rush to judgment without exploring all of the facts of a case. There are countless people on television, including Nancy Grace, who pontificate and express their views–often biased opinions of what they believe will be an outcome. Several years ago, public opinion had been sharply against the Duke University lacrosse players who were accused of rape. The case eventually exposed the greed and reckless behavior of the district attorney.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City
If you are accused of a crime, it is important to fight these charges as quickly as possible to clear your name. For more than 25 years, David Paul White has stood up proudly for countless clients who needed their rights protected. Over the years, he has successfully provided legal representation and counsel for those who desperately needed a legal advocate in their corner. To learn more on how a Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney can help, contact the Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates to schedule a consultation.