June 1994 – October 1995
The trial that set the bar for round-the-clock media coverage, and the case that made one network—Court TV (now truTV)—a household name. This wasn’t just the O.J. show, kicked off by a low-speed police chase with the Juice lying in the back of the infamous white Ford Bronco. This case was full of characters good, evil, and devious, from Johnnie Cochran to Judge Ito, Kato Kaelin to Mark Fuhrman—even a certain black leather glove got its fifteen minutes, and then some. Today, the O.J. Simpson trial is still the standard bearer when it comes to sensational court cases. Indeed, seemingly the entire country gasped on October 3, 1995, when the jury returned its verdict: not guilty. What other trial can say it sucked the air out of a nation?