The trial of O. J. Simpson in the USA was one of the most sensational trials that made a mockery of the judicial system. It showcased the power of privilege and money and the never ending divide between blacks and whites in the USA. Acquited for killing his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Mr. Goldman, his freedom was marked by public outcry from majority of whites and cheers of applause by majority of blacks. To majority of blacks, O.J's acquital was a consolation for the past injustices meted to them by the judicial system While the media capitalized on the trial for their ratings bonanza and more than a few sycophants using the trial to spearhead their career with talkshows, book deals, the question remains, Is he guilty of homicide or was it a set up?
Hiring Johnnie Cochran as his lead defense, the trial lawyer from Los Angeles was able to sway the jurors to spare his life. Cochran was able to convice the jurors that the gloves that did not fit the suspect, disgraced Mark Furhman at the stand with tapes of him uttering the infamous N, word despite his earlier denials. Blood tampering at the crime scene was another accusation, the DNA of the suspect, whether it was found at the crime scene or not was irrelevant at the moment. At the end of the trial, a beaming O. J. Simpson walked out of the court as a free man.
At work, my co-worker told me that the defense did a good job in securing O.J's release, despite her conviction that O.J. was guilty. She told me that she would have voted for his acquital, because the prosecutors could not present compelling evidences that could have implicated O.J.Simpson. This was even contrary to her earlier claims that she knew that O. J. Simpson was guilty. So, I asked her, "If you then know that this man is guilty, why would you acquit him, and she replied, "Well, the defense did a good job, so I will go with the testimony of whichever side presented a compelling proof". I refused to side with her, and told her that no matter how good a defense attorney may be, justice must always trump injustice in the society.
Would you all agree with me? How would you have voted if you were a juror on O. J. Simpson's trial?