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O.J. Simpson Murder Trial: 20 Years Later

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The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutal and shocking. But when O.J. Simpson became the prime suspect, it launched America's fascination with reality TV.

"For the audience this was entertainment and as sad as that sounds it's the truth."

Jim Moret, now chief correspondent for Inside Edition was the main anchor for CNN's coverage of Simpson's trial. "This was the first high-profile case that was televised, wall-to-wall, gavel-to-gavel and you had a man who was a legend, a sports icon, beloved. People LOVED O.J. Simpson."

TV cameras were there live when police searched Simpson's home..."and there's word this morning that a blood soaked glove was found inside."

Cameras were waiting for Simpson to turn himself in to police when his attorney, Robert Shapiro, made a surprising plea. "O.J., wherever you are, for the sake of your family, the sake of your children, please surrender immediately."

Then the white Ford Bronco was spotted.

"I think I just saw O.J. Simpson on the 5 freeway ..."  

"The suspect is in the back of the vehicle, has a handgun."

95 million TV viewers were gripped by what became known as the "slow speed chase."

Months later, Simpson's courtroom drama was broadcast into living rooms introducing a cast of characters fit for a soap opera. Star witnesses who became stars themselves: houseguest Kato Kaelin, and homicide detective Mark Fuhrman, prosecutor Marcia Clarke. And O.J.'s Dream Team of attorneys including the accomplished showman Johnnie Cochran. He came up with the trial's most famous line after the prosecution invited O.J. to try on the bloody glove found at his home. "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!" After only a few hours of deliberation - the jury did just that. "In the matter of the people of the state of California vs Orenthal James Simpson ..." Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife and friend.

They called it "the Trial of the Century." Twenty years later that judgement still stands.

O.J. Simpson was eventually held liable in a civil action.

In 2007, Simpson and a handful of acquaintances raided a Las Vegas hotel room and seized numerous pieces of his sports memorabilia that two men were trying to sell. Simpson was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges and sentenced to nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison. He will be eligible for parole in three years.
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