April 7, 2010
Photo credit: Myung J. Chun/Courtesy The Associated Press

Photo credit: Myung J. Chun/Courtesy The Associated Press

Newseum Acquires Artifacts from O.J. Simpson's 1995 Murder Trial

WASHINGTON — The suit, shirt and tie worn by O.J. Simpson on Oct. 3, 1995, the day he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman have been acquired by the Newseum.

"This piece falls squarely within our collecting plan, which includes acquiring artifacts associated with major news events," said Carrie Christoffersen, the Newseum's curator of collections. "This suit is a tangible item that can allow our visitors to gain an understanding of the ‘trial of the century' as part of news history."

For more than nine months in 1995, the televised criminal trial of the former football star and actor dominated national headlines and created a media frenzy. News coverage of Simpson's arrest and trial drew huge ratings for cable news shows, but the sensational coverage was criticized as a new low for television news.

The tan Armani suit, white shirt and gold-colored tie will be added to the Newseum's collection of artifacts related to the coverage of the trial. Currently on display in the News Corporation News History Gallery is an Oct. 3, 1995, extra edition of the Los Angeles Times announcing the "not guilty" verdict, with a large front-page photo of Simpson wearing the suit.

A California judge approved the donation earlier this year as the solution to an extended court battle over the suit.

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