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role of media in OJ Simpson Case

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The role of the media in the OJ Simpson case In the early hours of June 13th 1994, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers arrived at the murder scene, two severely mutilated bodies a woman lay in a short black dress which by now was drenched in her own blood she was sprawled face down in a lake of blood that had poured from wounds in her upper body and throat. To her right lay the body of a man his trousers and shirt saturated in blood, as he lay crumpled against a garden fence his eyes still open. They had just walked into a drama that a writer would have given anything to dream up. It was the beginning of a series of events that would obsess the American and world media. When the police arrived they confirmed that the bodies were well and truly dead and then they were later identified as Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. ...read more.

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However, the defence argued that Simpson had been framed by deceitful LAPD officers and cleverly uncovered flaws in the police evidence. Evidence presented at the trial by prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden revealed a genetic match between Simpson's blood and blood found at the crime scene. In addition, blood matching both Goldman's and Nicole Simpson's was found in Simpson's Ford Bronco and blood matching Goldman's was found on a glove discovered by police on Simpson's property (the matching glove was found at the murder scene). Blood matching Nicole Simpson's was also found on a sock in Simpson's house. Prosecutors made their first gaffe by asking Simpson to try on the bloody gloves during the trial. Simpson wore latex gloves underneath, to prevent contaminating the evidence and appeared to experience great difficulty in pulling on the gloves, saying they were too tight. They portrayed their client as a black victim of a white judicial system, on trial simply because he was a black man. ...read more.

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91% of the television viewing audience watched it and 142 million people listened and watched as the verdict was delivered. It was the most publicised case in American history with 2000 reporters covering the trial, even topping the notorious Manson case in the early 1970's. Throughout the trial there were 121 video feeds snaked out of the Criminal Courts building where it was held, with over 80 miles of cable servicing 19 television stations and 8 radio stations. There were 23 newspaper and magazines represented throughout the trial. The Los Angeles Times published over 1000 articles about the trial, and there were over 80 books published, authors were of anyone who had anything to do with the case. With all the media coverage, this murder case made celebrities of everyone from witnesses to the judge to the jury. Biblography www.crimelibrary.com www.bbc.co.uk Sheets from class were used. All work submitted is my own work nothing is copied only recycled into my own words. ...read more.

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