O. J. Simpson Trial

O. J. Simpson: (Orenthal James Simpson), 1947–, American football player, b. San Francisco. As a running back for the Univ. of Southern California, he won the Heisman Trophy as the best college player of 1968. The "Juice" played with the Buffalo Bills (1969–77) and San Francisco 49ers (1978–79) and rushed for 11,236 yards during his professional career. Simpson set season records (now broken) for most yards gained (2,003; 1973) and most touchdowns (23; 1975). He later became a sportscaster and actor.

In 1994 he was charged with the brutal murder of his ex-wife and her friend, but he was acquitted in 1995 after a media-saturated trial that highlighted racial tensions and divisions in American society. In 1997 a civil jury levied a huge wrongful-death award against him in a suit brought by the victims' families. Simpson was again the center of controversy in 2006 when it was revealed that a book by him, entitled If I Did It, which its publisher, Judith Regan, said she considered his confession, was to be published, and a television interview timed to coincide with the book's publication was to be aired. Public outcry led Rupert Murdoch, whose companies were to publish the book and broadcast the interview, to order the cancellation of both. In 2007 Simpson was charged with several felonies in connection with his participation in an armed robbery in a Las Vegas involving sports memorabilia that he contended had been stolen from him; he was convicted and sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison in 2008.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

O. J. Simpson Trial: Selected full-text books and articles

The O. J. Simpson Trials: Rhetoric, Media, and the Law By Janice Schuetz; Lin S. Lilley Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
Media Spectacle By Douglas Kellner Routledge, 2003
Librarian's tip: Chap 4 "Megaspectacle: The O.J. Simpson Murder Trial"
The Press on Trial: Crimes and Trials as Media Events By Lloyd Chiasson Jr Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. 15 "Case of O. J. Simpson (1995): No Closer to Greek Tragedy Than Oedipus Hertz"
The Real O. J. Story By Jackson, Bruce The Antioch Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, Spring 2004
America and the Simpson Trial By Williams, Patricia J The Nation, Vol. 260, No. 10, March 13, 1995
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