simpson trial

He killed Nicole because he had a problem with her, as men and women sometimes do have in relationships. They have a problem, and this defendant’s problem demanded a courtroom. I think he stated the problem rather eloquently as he stood over her body at her wake. And he said then, and he said on other occasions, and I quote, he said while standing over Nicole’s body, “My problem was that I loved her too much.” But it wasn’t really love, ladies and gentleman, and this’ll be reflected in the evidence, and the evidence will establish that it wasn’t really love. What this defendant had for Nicole Brown wasn’t love, it was an obsession. He became obsessed with her, and his obsession was so great that he developed a need to control her. And his need to control, and his obsession was so great that when he came to realize that he could not keep her, he killed her, because to let her go would mean to lose control of her. To let her go with Ron Goldman or someone else would mean to lose control. He couldn’t have her, and neither could anyone else.
—  An  excerpt by OJ Simpson’s Prosecutors during the murder trial
  • Sonya: Teresa, I know Thomas cares about you, but his feelings are really hurt. Why don't you just say you're sorry?
  • Teresa: Sonya, friendship is a beautiful thing, but it's also a constant battle for moral superiority. So I can't apologize.
  • Harriet: Couldn't you just say you're sorry and not mean it? I do it all the time. I don't think I ever meant it.
  • Teresa: Harriet, that's not right.
  • Harriet: Sorry, Teresa. ...See? It's that easy.

For those disquieted by Trump’s candidacy in 1999, however, the problem wasn’t Trump himself so much as the ever-expanding power of celebrity. Today, this argument seems almost quaint, but in the late ’90s, celebritization felt like a real threat: Between the Lewinsky scandal and the O.J. Simpson trial, the cult of JonBenét Ramsey and the death of Princess Diana, the fascination with celebrity wasn’t just “dumb” or “vapid” but dangerous. There was a general fatigue with — and genuine fear of — the way celebrities and scandal had overtaken the country’s news and politics. “Sign of the Apocalypse: Celebrity Candidates,” one San Jose Mercury editorial predicted. “Star-Stricken: America’s Cult of Personality Has Real Consequences,” declared another in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “Monument to Stupidity,” shouted the New York Daily News, “Talking About Buchanan, Trump, Beatty & Cybill Shepherd (!) As President Proves the Junkification of Our Politics.”

Yet those pieces, like so much vitriol directed toward celebrity culture and Trump’s 2016 campaign, failed to actually register why people were attracted to someone like Trump — or why political parties had resorted to rallying behind those candidates. There were exceptions: Presidential historian Michael Beschloss suggested in a New York Times op-ed that “by creating a system of front-loaded primaries to choose their nominees, the Democrats and Republicans unwittingly placed a high premium on exactly what many celebrities have: instant national name recognition, money (or access to it), and the ability to play to the camera.”


Why Donald Trump Didn’t Get Elected The First Time Around

When Trump almost ran for president in 1999, he did it for reasons — and using tactics — that don’t look very different from his 2016 campaign. Trump didn’t change: We did.

The April 3, 1995 issue of The New Yorker – which is to say, at the height of the Tina Brown era – featured a 16-page spread of scenes of the Simpson trial, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Here are two great, contrasting shots of the defense and prosecution.