April 24, 2013
Case Research Assessment
Dr. Toni Asterino Starcher
Intentional Tort Case
The case that I researched was O.J. Simpson verses the Goldmans. Prior to this case O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murder of his Ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. O.J. did plead not guilty and after a 133 day trial, he was found to be not guilty of the crimes on October 3, 1995.
On October 23, 1995 in the state of California Simpson was back in court for the wrongful death case; where the parents of the deceased Ronald Goldman were asking to be compensated for their loss from Simpson’s actions. Ronald Goldman’s family decided that it would be easier to sue Simpson in civil court, which meant a finding of civil liability requiring only a finding that it is more probably true than not that the defendant caused the injury.
The Plaintiffs names on the case were Ronald Goldman’s family members such as his mother and father. The Defendant name was O.J. Simpson.
Some of the key arguments that were presented by the plaintiffs were to show that Simpson wore very expensive shoes and they supplied 39 photos of those same shoes which matched footprints from the murder scene. They also made O.J. Simpson take the stand which he didn’t in the criminal case. The attorneys for the plaintiff’s also noted that Simpson admitted to being very upset with Nicole about the way she was flirting with other men around his children. Some of the key arguments that were presented by the defense are that it raised doubts about the 39 photographs of Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes eight months before the slayings. The defense said a person "can fake a photograph" if that person has enough motive. The main key argument addressed was emphasized that some of Simpson 's evidence sample could have been planted on a gate at Nicole Brown Simpson 's condominium and on samples in the police crime lab. He said Ms. Simpson 's blood, taken at autopsy, could have been
References: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/jan-june97/simpson_2-5.html http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/simpson/simpson.htm http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/ad2/calendar/webcal/decisions/2011/D29731.pdf http://www.social.mtu.edu/faculty/speters/WrightsMcDonaldsfacts.htm