Multiple truths can exist at the same time. While some of these truths seem contradictory they still co-exist.
1. The prosecution failed to make sure that the jury understood the why of (the psychology) how/why a battered woman would stay. That should have been a key component in getting them to sympathize with Nicole. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
2. LAPD and LA CSI completely failed at securing the scene and ensuring sound data collection. This was a tremendous blow! I believe the blood evidence -- no doubt. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
3. The trial was so layered. It was a murder trial. But the defense put LAPD on trial. They put Furhman on trial. They put the racist system of American policing on trail. The defense was in control. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
4. The judicial system favors the rich. The experts. The time spent. The resources. A state funded prosecution can't compete with millions of dollars. They were outgunned. But. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
5. Mark Furhman is -- as in CURRENTLY -- a terrible person. He's a liar. He's a racist. The defense's job is to present reasonable doubt. Those tapes showed that Furhman couldn't be trusted. Why didn't the persecution vet him better?!?! The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
6. The glove. It was not planted. Furhman WAS capable of that type of corruption but he didn't plant it. That glove was worn by the killer. That was a black and white piece of evidence. But. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
7. The smirk on F. Lee Bailey's face when he "made" Darden have OJ try on the glove was the most diabolical thing I've ever seen. He knew it was going to be a great failure. It was. It so was. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
8. The crime scene photos. The description of how Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were slaughtered. The brutality of it. The anger in practically decapitating a person. The large footprints leaving the scene. OJ's blood AT the scene!!!!! The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
9. Marcia Clark. Just. She just. She didn't "play well" with the Black women. Hell. Watching it, she didn't "play well" with me. Then. And now. She should have listened to the pre-trial feedback and let someone else lead. She's good. I know she is. But. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
10. Barry Scheck. A brilliant mind. Truly. I was absolutely enamored with his response to "do you believe the glove was planted," that boy was slick. Further proving. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
11. Johnnie Cochran's closing statement. He was so good. He's easy to love. His Hitler words -- oh my. I think the parallel he drew -- the correlation between power and how "the people" must act to usurp power, thus preventing another great travesty -- was brilliant. He drew me in. The jury was like chewing gum in his mouth. Light work. He won it then. But still. The prosecution blew it -- but OJ did it.
1. The system is what it is. It has to be built so that the innocent have a chance to prove themselves. But please don't hear me say Orenthal is innocent. He ain't.
2. Critical Race Theory, birthed out of legal scholarship, posits that racism is interwoven into the very fabric of American society. It is our story. Period. Not our only one, but ours for sure. This trial cannot be discussed without understanding the trauma that Black America has faced at hands of the system. Racism is not just the Furhmans of the world, but it's also a systemic problem.
3. Black folks wanted OJ to be innocent. We'd seen (still see) too many of our skinfolk and kinfolk go down for things they didn't do. I get that. I still get it.
4. But y'all -- OJ ain't our kinfolk. He had ZERO interest in being black. I resent the manipulation of race on the defense's part. Like I'm genuinely angry that they toyed with such a serious matter -- because OJ was so guilty and not because he was black!!! He was guilty because he's evil AF. I don't subscribe to Mr. Goldman calling Cochran a racist -- y'all know I don't play that reverse racism mess. Cochran knew the tender place in the jury's heart and soul and psyche -- he pressed on it for the win.
5. This entire trial was circus and OJ was the ringmaster.
6. The prosecution did not do their job. They didn't prove it. The defense did their job