“It’s the perfect perversity of the O.J. Simpson case that he was acquitted of the crime he was guilty of and convicted of a crime he’s innocent of,” Toobin tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies.
Yes, people have seen the nine-second clip of the Rodney King beating, which became so infamous, but if you look at who [LAPD] Chief [William] Parker was, and w L.A. cops were recruited from and what their relationship was like with the hundreds of thousands of African-Americans who lived in this city, that’s the necessary preamble for the O.J. Simpson case, and it’s part of what Ezra explores so brilliantly in this documentary.
Within a couple months of living t she got a job as a waitress at this hot restaurant/club called The Daisy, w a lot of stars hung out, and within the first few weeks of being t, O.J. walked in one day and saw this 18-year-old, beautiful, blond girl and remarked to a friend of his, “I’m going to marry that girl.”
Especially in light of how the trial unfolded, one of the many crazy ironies of this whole case is that the Los Angeles Police Department – far from conspiring to get O.J. Simpson – had been conspiring to protect O.J. Simpson from arrest for domestic violence for years.
Edelman: For those who believe in O.J.’s sort of innocence or want to slough this off and say that t’s a lot of stuff going on and I wanted to think that with all this history of injustice that maybe we needed to win one or maybe t was someone else t … I just think you need to look at those photos and look at the brutality of the crimes.
You can’t look at O.J. Simpson the same way, because … in terms of the circus that the trial became, the people – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman – in many ways, were forgotten.