I will never forget watching on live T.V. the epic and very public O.J. Simpson trial. O.J. Simpson was well known for being a football legend and now found himself being accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. It seemed at the time that every single American eye watched captivated by the drama and knew the intimate details of what went down, but according to FX, we don’t know the half of what happened.
FX created a show called, American Crime Story, where each season will focus on a different crime. This season it is the O.J. Simpson trial. The writers of the show stated that, “the ambition of this show is not to replay the events, but to show you what was going on behind scene.” What seemed to have captivated us all those years ago, has us pulled back in as critics have said this is the best new show of the season.
The first episode of the “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was aired in early February. The limited series is filled with an A list cast that takes us past the headlines and TV news to unveil what the public eye could not see over 20 years ago. It gives us an inside view of what happened behind-the-scenes of this very public trial. The writers’ goal was to not focus on O.J. Simpson, but on the role the lawyers played in each side.
The series is based on the book, The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, by Jeffery Toobin. In the book and represented in the TV series, Toobin explores the ins and outs of all that happened between both sides of the court. The show plans to highlight the perceptiveness of the defense and its critical impact on the verdict of the case.
Exploring the first episode alone, even if you have no court understanding, you can get a picture of the intricate details of what happens from both a prosecutor side and a defense side of a case. Within the first hours of Simpson being named a suspect in the murders, we witness core mistakes that were made from the defense of O.J. Simpson.
One scene in particular is when the police confront Simpson for the first time since the murdered had occurred. In this scene, Simpson drives into his home that is already surrounded with reporters and people. The police ask to talk to Simpson in the back yard where they place hand cuffs on him. When his lawyer comes running through, he demands that they take off the hand cuffs. The police do take the cuffs off, but not without a video shot filled by a hidden reporter in the bushes. The media’s substantial role in the public’s perception of Simpson begins.
The scene continues, with the police asking Simpson to come down to the station to answer some questions. O.J. states that he wants to cooperate with police and doesn’t want it to look like he has anything to hide. It is there that we should have seen his lawyer step in and make sure that he will be present with Simpson for the questioning. O.J. is questioned without legal representation from his lawyer.
Important Take Away From the O.J. Simpson Trial
When it comes to watching shows like “The People v O.J. Simpson” it is important to understand that a lot has changed since this trial in 1995, but one thing remains the same, when being investigated for any criminal charge, having an experienced criminal defense attorney is one vital way to ensure that you get a fair trial you deserve while being represented in a best way possible.