As O.J. Simpson’s case for the accused murder of both Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman began, there was a multitude of valuable evidence that was used against him in court. Although this may be true, there were a lot of factors that had occurred during the trial which lead up to things going wrong with the evidence that had been found. As a matter of fact, one of the first key pieces of evidence that was presented in court were the evidence of Simpson’s blood that was present at the crime scene, in his Bronco, and in his home. Additionally, the most important piece of evidence that was supposed to prove Simpson’s guilt was the pair of bloody gloves used to commit the double murder.
Although Simpson constantly denied his involvement in committing the murders, investigators were convinced he was the primary suspect. While this may be true, it was later in the investigation and collection of the evidence to present in court, that things took a bad turn which ultimately cost the investigators the case. With this in mind, one of the reasons that went wrong with the evidence that was found was the way investigators had the bloody gloves collected and stored. With attention to the mishandling of a valuable piece of evidence crucial to the case, Simpson was asked to try on gloves identical to the ones allegedly used to murder both Brown and Goldman.
As an illustration, ‘After Simpson tried on the gloves in court and they appeared to be too small, the prosecution argued that they ‘had been soaked in blood and subsequently frozen and unfrozen several times to be preserved’ (Flynn, 2016, para. 2).’ Upon Simpson having tried on the gloves, his lawyer ‘s famous phrase from the trial was created and would stick around years later. According to Bono (2016), ‘Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, created a mantra that would stick throughout the judicial system for years to come: ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.’ (Bloody Gloves and Knit Hat section).’ Basically, Cochran believed that because the gloves were not able to fit Simpson’s hands, it was proof that he could not have committed the murders.
As a result, since the gloves had been drenched in blood and frozen and unfrozen repeatedly, this led to this valuable piece of evidence to be unsuccessful when it was presented at the trial. In like manner, another piece of evidence containing blood to link Simpson to the murders was the bloody footprints that were present at the crime scene. ‘Size 12 Bruno Magli shoeprints were found at the crime scene on the night the murders had occurred (Bono, 2016).’ Because Simpson was living it big when he was a football athlete, it was not surprising that he owned a large clothing collection and was known to wear expensive apparel. ‘There were reports that only 299 pairs of Bruno Magli shoes that were sold in a size 12 in America at the time of the murders (Bono,2016).’
However, when Simpson was asked about wearing these shoes, he denied saying they were shoes he would never wear. ‘Aesthetically, I felt that they were ugly and I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to me they were ugly shoes (Bono, 2016).’ Around nine months before the murders had took place, Simpson had been seen wearing these same shoes he claimed were ugly. ‘The Los Angeles Times reported after the criminal trial that Simpson was photographed wearing Bruno Magli shoes and The National Enquirer published the photos (Flynn, 2016, para. 7).’ Because of Simpson being caught wearing these shoes, the photos were used as evidence where he was deemed responsible for the murders of his Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
Among the other key pieces of physical evidence is the knife used to commit the murders. However, the actual murder weapon was never found during the investigation. At the time after the murders, Simpson’s friend, Robert Kardashian, came to his home to show him support. This of course led to speculation that Kardashian was secretly covering up something for Simpson. ‘Following the murders, Kardashian had been photographed carrying Simpson’s Louis Vuitton garment bag that he took with him to Chicago (Bono, 2016).’ Basically, because Kardashian was spotted with possession of the garment bag, it was thought to have contained the knife and even bloody clothes.
Eventually, Kardashian’s claim was that he had tried to turn the garment bag in to the LAPD, however, they ended up not taking it to use as evidence. ‘They never thought to take possession of the bag and run tests for blood even after it was turned in to the court nine months later (Bono, 2016).’ In other words, Kardashian felt the police were not curious to know what was inside the bag and decided it was better left unknown. All in all, the decisions made and mishandling of valuable evidence prevented prosecutors from successfully charging Simpson with the murder of his ex-wife and her friend.