The People v. Orenthal James Simpson: Race and Trial Advocacy

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The People v. Orenthal James Simpson: Race and Trial Advocacy

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This chapter focuses on the trial story behind the high profile case of People v. Orenthal James Simpson. As the author points out, the Simpson case focused attention on some of the most important issues in the criminal justice system, including class and race disparities, DNA evidence, and police perjury. The author here focuses on the issue of race--its significance in the trial and how it affected the advocacy of the lawyers. She discusses the emotional conflicts over race within the defense and prosecution teams and compares and contrasts the approaches that each side ultimately decided to take. The author examines how race affected the choice of lawyers, venue and jury selection, the direct and cross-examination of the trials most controversial witness, and the closing arguments. She suggests that the strategic decisions about race made by both sides may have largely determined the outcome of the case.

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Keywords

People v. Orenthal James Simpson, O. J. Simpson, Trial advocacy, Famous trials, Race and trials, Police perjury

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Criminal Law | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law

The People v. Orenthal James Simpson: Race and Trial Advocacy

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