A new series does justice to the OJ Simpson trial

(K. Brent Tomer),

HOW do you dramatise the “Trial of the Century”? Some 150m people worldwide watched Orenthal James (“OJ”) Simpson be acquitted of murder on live television. In a nation enthralled by the fall of an American-football superstar, $480m was lost in economic productivity as people remained glued to blanket media coverage for over a year. Few remain unaware of the grisly details of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders on June 13th1994—and the epigrammatic closing argument of Johnnie Cochrane, Mr Simpson’s defense lawyer, has a place deep in America’s consciousness: “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” You could be forgiven for being sceptical of anyone promising anything new about the case.

The fame of the trial makes it a bold choice for the inaugural season of “American Crime Story”, a proposed anthology of “true crime” re-enactments. There is the dual challenge of telling a familiar tale in a new way while remaining faithful to the facts. Visual and factual accuracy was clearly a primary concern for producers—the recreation of the crime scene in the show’s opening minutes is…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC A new series does justice to the OJ Simpson trial

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