O.J. Simpson's Suit on Display
WASHINGTON — On Oct. 3, 1995, millions of viewers watched live on television as former football star and actor O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Fifteen years after the acquittal on Oct. 1, Newseum visitors will get a close-up look at the suit, shirt and tie Simpson wore in court that day.
The clothing, acquired by the Newseum earlier this year, will be exhibited in the News Corporation News History Gallery, along with other artifacts from the historic trial.
For more than nine months in 1995, Simpson's televised criminal trial dominated national headlines and created a media frenzy. News coverage of his arrest and court hearings drew huge ratings for cable news shows, but the sensational coverage was criticized as a new low for television news.
Already on display in the gallery is an Oct. 3, 1995, extra edition of the Los Angeles Times announcing the "not guilty" verdict.
A California judge approved the donation in the spring following a lengthy legal battle over ownership of the suit.Related Links: