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The murder trial of former football legend O.J. Simpson was one for the ages. The explosive trial was one of the biggest media event of the ’90’s, concluding with Simpson being acquitted on this day in 1995. Thirteen years later to the exact day, Simpson was convicted of a second crime after a botched armed robbery.

Simpson was suspect number one in the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, waiter Ronald Goldman. The tumultuous union between the Simpson eventually split them apart, and the trial highlighted many of their domestic issues. Coupled with Simpson’s erratic behavior, including the infamous Ford Bronco highway chase, the entire nation assumed that Mrs. Simpson and Mr. Goldman’s families would find justice.

On October 3, 1995, Simpson was acquitted based on the work of defense attorney, the late Johnny Cochran. Also on Simpson’s defense team was the late Robert Kardashian. During the trial, Cochran’s infamous “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” line regarding a pair of gloves found on the murder scene not fitting Simpson’s hand became a buzz item. Many analysts believe that this was the turning point for the trial.

In September 2007, Simpson was charged with breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room and stealing sports memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him. Several co-defendants testified and took varying plea deals which ended with Simpson serving a 33-year sentence. He is currently housed in the Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada.

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