It doesn't exactly seem like yesterday afternoon, but pretty close to it, that I stood in an LAX cocktail lounge that erupted in cheers when jurors in O.J.Simpson's murder trial announced they'd found him not guilty of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. That was October, 1995. This morning the Juice got squeezed for at least nine years by Vegas Judge Jackie Glass and a quick look at today's date, December 5, shows how often Simpson has managed to remain in the news during the holiday season, even if only as a reference or subconscious public memory.
(Simpson photo by Ethan Miller/Pool)
1994: Lawyers prepare to question alternate jurors for the trial that would begin in January, 1995.
1995: Following his acquittal, CNN's Greta Van Susteren boasts she's clinched the first TV interview with Simpson. “He wants to have an interview that has a level of credibility,” Van Susteren was quoted then. “I was adamant about no ground rules, and so was he.”
1996: Plaintiff lawyers begin resting their case in the wrongful-death civil suit that Simpson will lose.
1997: NBC announces its appeal of a $2.5 million jury award to an Agoura Hills production company over a dispute involving O.J. Simpson, The Interview.
1998: Sports pages across the country note the 25th anniversary of Simpson's breaking Jim Brown's NFL rushing record.
1999: Sports pages across the country begin noting the 15th anniversary week (Dec. 9) of Eric Dickerson's shattering of Simpson's NFL rushing record.
2000: A Miami motorist accuses Simpson, during a traffic stop, of grabbing his glasses and scratching his face.
2001: Simpson's Miami home is searched by federal agents during an investigation into an Ecstasy drug ring.
2002: E! Entertainment TV special about O.J. is announced as a finalist for the channel's True Hollywood Story of the Year.
2003: CNN's Anderson Cooper asks Jesse Jackson “is America becoming increasingly racially divided?” after citing survey showing 88 percent of blacks polled believed in Simpson's innocence, compared to 41 percent of whites.
2004: Simpson's name begins appearing in weeklong listings of Rose Bowl Most Valuable Players.
2005: Simpson named country's biggest liar in survey commissioned by Write Stuff Enterprises to promote book All Men Are Liars.
2006: Outrage continues to fill media over Simpson's If I Did It book and interview deals, even after they've been terminated.
2007: The Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that Simpson ranked among the top personalities in its “leading newsmakers,” along with George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton, between July and September.