CHICAGO (CBS) — Twenty years ago Thursday, actor and former football star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her townhouse in Los Angeles. =
What ensued was thought by many to be the trial of the century or, at the very least, the decade.
A former prosecutor-turned-law professor said it has become a textbook case of how not to investigate and try a murder case.
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Douglas Godfrey, a former New York prosecutor, said case-breaking mistakes were made long before the case made it to the courtroom. In fact, he said they began from almost the moment Los Angeles Police rolled up on the scene.
“The location where Ron and Nicole were murdered was contaminated from the beginning,” he said. “Police were walking through it. A police officer actually brought a blanket out from the house to cover the bodies.”