O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the by Darnell M. Hunt

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Darnell M. Hunt explores the connection among social identification (race, category, gender, etc.), our perceptions of daily fact and the O. J. Simpson double homicide trial to invite: why used to be the US so obsessed by means of this example? Why have been such a lot of humans invested specifically results? And what are we to make of the obvious racial divide in attitudes in regards to the case captured by means of the opinion polls? O. J. evidence and Fictions tackles those questions and considers the results for race family members within the usa on the sunrise of the recent millennium.

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Figure  presents the proposed “plausibility” continuum. , “highly plausible”), to lower-profile narratives that assume a decidedly O. J. and ritual  Figure . The “plausibility” continuum. , “highly implausible”). , mainstream newsworkers). Below I review five basic positions on the continuum, highlighting the spin the corresponding narratives placed on important case elements. Incompetence. At the “highly-plausible” end of the continuum, we find dominant narratives that account for the (possible) acquittal of Simpson by underscoring the incompetence of police officers, prosecutors, the judge, and/or jurors.

What’s happening there, Lonnie?           : Okay, well, the crowds went nuts. Dan, I’m going to ask you to pan over for just a second, over to the crowds. You can see how packed it is over there. There was a loud cheer of support for this decision.  million and there were a couple of dissenting votes, a couple of ladies by my side say it’s a travesty and it’s going to split apart our community. But overall I would say the cheers were loud and supportive for this verdict.

These items clearly indicated a consciousness of guilt. Prosecutors also failed to introduce the statement Simpson made to police the day after the murders. While the interrogation had been too cordial and missed several opportunities, it nonetheless included a number of inconsistencies that prosecutors again could have used to expose the defendant’s consciousness of guilt. Finally, prosecutor Christopher Darden violated an elementary tenet of trial strategy by asking Simpson to try on bloody gloves found at the crime scenes without first testing to make sure they would fit.

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