On This Day (1995) O.J. Simpson was Acquitted of Murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

By JonathanMcCorkell
Oct. 03, 2016

On October 3, 1995, more than 100 million people nationwide tuned in to watch or listen to the not guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. 

In June, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Nicole's home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Simpson was wanted by the LAPD and after failing to turn himself in, he became the object of a low-speed pursuit in a white Ford Bronco SUV that interrupted coverage of the 1994 NBA Finals. The pursuit, arrest, and trial were among the most widely publicized events in American history. The trial was often characterized as the Trial of the Century and millions of people watched the coverage obsessively. 

Immediate reaction to the verdict was notable for its division along racial lines: a poll of Los Angeles County residents showed that most African-Americans there felt that justice had been served by the "not guilty" verdict, while the majority of whites and Latinos there expressed an opinion that it had not, 

On February 5, 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, unanimously found Simpson liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Goldman, and battery against Brown. Simpson was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages.

The murdered of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman has never been found and O.J. Simpson is serving prison time on an unrelated criminal convictions for kidnapping armed robbery in Nevada.