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Where were you when - remembering the OJ verdict as cultural flashpoint




O.J. Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on 21 June 1995 during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles.
O.J. Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on 21 June 1995 during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles.
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This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the verdict in the OJ Simpson double murder trial.

LA history is full of internationally famous trials, but the Simpson trial may top the list. The acquittal shocked many Angelenos, who thought it obvious that Simpson stabbed to death his ex-wife and her male friend in a jealous rage. But for those closely watching the trial, there was far less surprise.

But what was fascinating was how strongly people felt about the verdict. A case that had no bearing on most people’s lives, symbolized so much -- fame, money, domestic violence, race, the criminal justice system -- OJ had it all.

Today on the program we’re remembering that cultural flashpoint. Offices, schools, barber shops -- many stopped and stood still to watch the verdict. Where were you that day? Call us at 866-893-5722, leave your comment or tweet us at #OJverdict

Guest:

Patt MorrisonKPCC contributor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times



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