There's A 20-Year Reunion For Reporters Who Covered The O.J. Simpson Verdict
Reporter Steve Futterman is putting together a 20-year reunion for the journalists who covered the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. O.J. Simpson was acquitted on October 3, 1995, ending a trial that went on for nearly a year. CBS News correspondent Steve Futterman is hosting an event this Saturday at the Front Yard Bar in the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood where all members of the media who worked to report that day's news can reminisce over a few drinks, L.A. Observed reports. It's called the "Return of Camp O.J.," which is named after the cramped area where the media gathered to report on the trial. The L.A. Times reported on various outlets and anchors leaving Camp O.J. for better or cheaper digs, including NBC's Tom Brokaw and eventually, crews from CBS.
There was a Facebook group called "O.J. Simpson 20 Anniversary Verdict Gathering," but it's apparently been removed to been made private.
O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, on June 12, 1994 after they were found stabbed to death outside of her Brentwood condo. On June 17, the nation watched live coverage of the low-speed chase Simpson led police on in a white Bronco. The actual trial raged on for months, during which Simpson was defended by lawyers Johnnie "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" Cochran, Robert Shapiro, F. Lee Bailey and Robert Kardashian, Kim Kardashian's father. Finally, Simpson was acquitted of murder on October 3, 1995 by a jury, much to the disbelief of, well, everyone. Here's the verdict as it aired on CNN. You can hear the heartbreaking sobs of Goldman's family as Simpson is found not guilty, and see the disbelief on the faces in the courtroom as the verdict is read.
Simpson would later lose in civil court, and he's currently behind bars after being convicted guilty of kidnapping and robbery in Las Vegas. In the years since that day, Simpson's friend Kato Kaelin has finally admitted that he thinks Simpson is guilty, and American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy has begun working on a true-crime series about the case. Cuba Gooding, Jr. plays Simpson, John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian.