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The Verdict on People vs OJ Simpson | Most Shows Recapped Ep 26

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Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) discuss the finale and final few weeks of FX’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson”.

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  • Spencer Watson

    If the verdict was (at least in part) a backlash to the treatment of minorities by the LAPD, couldn’t it be said that the prosecution lost the case before it ever started by not pursuing charges on any of the previous complaints that had been made against the LAPD?

  • TrentC

    Thanks for the series recap podcast gentlemen, I too was very impressed with the show. I have the same Murphy TV background as Antonio and had some fears about how it would be handled.

    A long thought – The question about how the same crime would be handled in 2016. Some people forget or were not old enough to understand the racially charged atmosphere of LA in the early 90’s. The Rodney King acquittal and subsequent riots happened in 1992, OJ’s arrest was in 1994. At times Cochran alluded to ‘how the people on the street may react’, implying rioting and potential violence. As mentioned in the TV series, the defense during the OJ trial didn’t even attempt to address most of the evidence presented. Instead, they started throwing ideas against the wall and unfortunately, the jurors embraced some of those ideas. Race and corrupt police officers were subjects that were still very much at the forefront of the public’s mind. The defense was in a way brilliant, for being able to read the jury and understand what may appeal to them. One juror was quoted as saying – ‘The DNA stuff was a waste of time. I didn’t even listen to most of that junk.’

    I disagree a little about Fuhrman’s role in the trial. I was in my late 20’s and recall that his testimony and then further exposure was a large component of the trial and the news coverage, as well as him having a profound effect on the jury.

    As Antonio mentioned, Jeffrey Toobin’s book is a good read and not too dry or technical for readers. I also read Vincent Bugliosi’s book – Outrage : The Five Reasons OJ Simpson Got Away With Murder. It’s more technical and definitely doesn’t pull any punches. Bugliosi has no problem saying repeatedly how inept the prosecutors, judge and jury were. His arrogance and technical knowledge may put some readers off. He has at least a couple of chapters on the definition of reasonable doubt. While interesting, his view that most of the world should know what he knows, is a bit much. One thing Buliosi’s book does well are the explanations of physical evidence and how OJ has to be the killer.

    I really enjoyed how the TV series got most of the details correct. The stumble when reading OJ’s name during the verdict, Darden’s inability to continue during the post trial press conference, the reactions in court when the verdict was read.

    One of my favorite moments was when Clark and Darden leave town for the weekend and drink at a bar. There’s a scene where Marcia explains to one of Darden’s friends in under two minutes, how the police could not have planted evidence due to the timeline and simply not having the opportunity.

    A moment that typifies how America felt after the verdict is on Youtube. It’s the live shot on the Oprah show that they briefly showed on the TV series. The reactions are almost completely divided by race. Most of the black audience members are shouting and celebrating, while white audience members are sitting in stunned, serious silence.

    • Thank you very much for an excellent read. Being born into a society that hardly defines racism, I really appreciate the show that wrapped up all these issues so nicely with an outstanding narrative. I liked Cochran for what he was capable of, however, after all I would say my favorite was Darden for being able to stand up against enormous weight of circumstances. He absolutely was one heroic figure.

      • TrentC

        Darden’s last line to Cochran really summed it up for me. He said in essence that nothing has changed and racial problems will still occur. Fast forward to our time and what’s happening? Cops are being accused of bigotry, suspects are dying and the public is rioting. It’s sad that 90’s LA with the King and Simpson events can’t just be footnotes that we learned from in history.