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Simpson Legacy

October 10, 1995
In Wednesday's Editions: The last of four special sections on the legacy of the Simpson trial explores the ways the case touched the lives of so many ordinary people.
December 12, 1996 | BILL BOYARSKY
It looked so familiar--the gloves, the stocking cap, the black defendant, claiming his innocence against the testimony of a white cop who some jurors had trouble believing. But this wasn't the O.J. Simpson trial that we jurors were hearing in Department M of the Santa Monica courthouse. We were called on to judge the case of the People vs.
October 11, 1995
There were innocent bystanders whose lives intersected with O.J. Simpson's for a matter of minutes in some cases--the limo driver, the man who sold him a knife. There were the craftier ones who enriched themselves--the house guest, the guy who rushed out the O.J. watch whose second hand was a Bronco being chased by police. And there were those whom the phenomenon engulfed like a cyclone of fame, spinning them into the limelight and then dumping them, in shock, back into obscurity.
October 11, 1995 | CARLA HALL
It was as if a searchlight swept every nook and cranny of the O.J. Simpson saga. The cops, the coroner, the frightened next-door housekeeper were all caught in the spotlight. Vigilant television coverage and the spectacular nature of the crime and the trial turned the whole epic into some marathon soap opera. People who've never been within the same city limits as the Simpson prosecutor and the defense attorney hold forth on "Marcia" and "Johnnie" like they're all best pals.
October 8, 1995
Of all the institutions subjected to the microscopic attention that the Simpson case brought with it, the Los Angeles County coroner's office was among the most maligned. Some public officials and forensic pathology experts say the double murder case exposed serious gaps in the credibility and competence of the 166-person, $12-million department, which is charged with the thankless job of investigating, classifying and clearing roughly 19,000 deaths a year. At the very least, many observers came away from the trial believing that the coroner had bungled the autopsies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.
October 11, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN
Fate. We spend our lives hoping for the best, bracing for the worst, preparing and planning as if the present were some sort of dress rehearsal for tomorrow. We know better. Or we should. When destiny smiles, so do we, satisfied that we deserved it. When fate frowns, we can only ask why. Of all the whys in the O.J. Simpson case, one of the most vexing is why it made so many complete strangers instantly familiar to us, not for their heroics but for their roles in dissecting a tragedy.
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