"DNA was just beginning to be big news because of the O. J. Simpson trial."
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The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson trial, also known as the O.J. Simpson trial, was a murder case that shocked the USA in 1995.

A famed football player and actor, O.J. Simpson was accused of two counts of murder.  The victims were his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.  After nine months O.J. Simpson was found innocent of these charges, a verdict no one in the nation expected and many did not accept. 

Simpson’s defense attorneys, Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran, were credited with this outcome.  Shapiro argued that the DNA evidence, a new form of evidence at this time, had been tainted due to errors made by technicians. This was grounds for reasonable doubt, according to the jury.

More information about the trial and subsequent events can be found here.              


submitted by student author, Jessa Yount