Saturday, October 04, 2008

In 1995, Mr. Simpson was a cause célèbre for many blacks who viewed him as suffering a raw deal from a racist judicial system. This time, not a single black activist in Las Vegas picketed, protested or even commented on the case. After he was found not guilty in the 1994 murders, he remained a pariah. In 1997, a civil jury found him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the estates of his ex-wife and Mr. Goldman. Mr. Simpson had further run-ins with the law, most notably having been acquitted in 2001 of battery and auto burglary charges stemming from a road-rage incident in Florida. He also appeared in a video that seemed to make light of the 1994 deaths by being seen wielding a knife, and he penned what he called a fictional tell-all book, “If I Did It,” which outlined how he might have committed the slayings. “As horrible as the murders were, and they were a terrible tragedy, just think about this: What if the jury in L.A. got it right, what if O. J. Simpson didn’t do it?” Mr. Galanter said. “He never got his life back after he was acquitted.”

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