Season after Pentecost, 2023
Where were you? This author was wearing thin orange shorts and sitting in Gym class when the verdict was read.
Ten years after that fateful Bronco chase, this ESPN article sheds some light on why the Trial of the Last Century was fumbled.
If the trial happened in 2004 instead of 1995, Simpson . . . couldn't have survived the overwhelming DNA evidence. The science is the same, but thanks to the startling popularity of "CSI" and "CSI: Miami," forensics doesn't seem nearly as complicated today as it did in the mid-'90s, when scientists wasted entire days of the trial simply explaining the basics of DNA evidence to the jurors. Of course, those efforts were completely wasted, as evidenced by the words of one juror after the trial:
"I didn't understand the DNA stuff at all. To me, it was just a waste of time. It was way out there and carried no weight with me."
Even to this middle school student, it was pretty clear that Simpson was guilty. (I remember trying to explain DNA evidence to my friends.) But I never understood what Simpson was doing in the Bronco.
And if Sports (big S) is the new Art, then tragic hero-genius Simpson will come to be known as the new Beethoven. Read Simpson's suicide note: a "Football Heiligenstadt."
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