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* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: The finale makes it clear that O.J.'s family, friends, and neighbors all believe him to be guilty regardless of his verdict, and that much of the nation has effectively judged him guilty too.


** After Simpson is found not guilty, Cochran talks of it being a great thing for black people. Darden rips into him that he has done nothing to help their race but in fact hurt it as he's simply helped a rich man get away with murder. History indeed proved Cochran was wrong.

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** After Simpson is found not guilty, Cochran talks of it being a great thing for black people. Darden rips into him that he has done nothing to help their race but in fact hurt it as he's simply helped it. The verdict did nothing to actually change the system or prevent future mistreatment of low income black people. All Cochran really did was help a rich man get away with murder. History indeed proved Cochran was wrong.


* HollywoodLaw: In Episode 9, Cochran holds multiple press conferences where he publicly insults Ito, threatens to instigate rioting if he doesn't release the Furhman tapes, and accuses him of being corrupt and racist when he decides to let the jurors listen to only two sentences of the tapes. Realistically, this should have gotten him charged with contempt of court and removed from the proceedings, but he suffers no consequences.



* OutOfFocus: Robert Kardashian is a prominent character in the first three episodes but barely appears in the next three. He regains focus near the end of the series as it starts to dawn on him that O.J. might actually have killed Nicole.

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Robert Kardashian is a prominent character in the first three episodes but barely appears in the next three. He regains focus near the end of the series as it starts to dawn on him that O.J. might actually have killed Nicole.
** InUniverse, Ron Goldman suffers from this. His father, Fred Goldman, is enraged that the trial and the media is ignoring his murder in favor of focusing on O.J. and Nicole relationship and the racism in the LAPD.

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* CrazyPrepared: In an uncomfortable way, news stations were already preparing OJ's obituary during the car chase. It's actually common practice, waiting until confirmation of someone's death only shortens the timeline needed to develop tributes with accompanying graphics.


** Ito is shown facepalming when he sees a TV parody of him. In real life Ito actually fond the parodies of him very flattering[[note]]In a post-trial interview, a horrified Kardashian recalled an incident where Ito actually made the jury wait an extra ten minutes in the courtroom while he was in chambers showing the attorneys Jay Leno's latest "Dancing Itos" skit[[/note]]. This may be shorthand for Ito's post-trial reluctance to engage with the media; to this day, he regularly refuses interviews and is one of the few major figures in the Simpson case not to write a book or memoir about it.

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** Ito is shown facepalming when he sees a TV parody of him. In real life Ito actually fond found the parodies of him very flattering[[note]]In a post-trial interview, a horrified Kardashian recalled an incident where Ito actually made the jury wait an extra ten minutes in the courtroom while he was in chambers showing the attorneys Jay Leno's latest "Dancing Itos" skit[[/note]]. This may be shorthand for Ito's post-trial reluctance to engage with the media; to this day, he regularly refuses interviews and is one of the few major figures in the Simpson case not to write a book or memoir about it.


** Ito is shown facepalming when he sees a TV parody of him. In real life Ito actually found the parodies of him very flattering[[note]]In a post-trial interview, a horrified Kardashian recalled an incident where Ito actually made the jury wait an extra ten minutes in the courtroom while he was in chambers showing the attorneys Jay Leno's latest "Dancing Itos" skit[[/note]]. This may be shorthand for Ito's post-trial reluctance to engage with the media; to this day, he regularly refuses interviews and is one of the few major figures in the Simpson case not to write a book or memoir about it.

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** Ito is shown facepalming when he sees a TV parody of him. In real life Ito actually found fond the parodies of him very flattering[[note]]In a post-trial interview, a horrified Kardashian recalled an incident where Ito actually made the jury wait an extra ten minutes in the courtroom while he was in chambers showing the attorneys Jay Leno's latest "Dancing Itos" skit[[/note]]. This may be shorthand for Ito's post-trial reluctance to engage with the media; to this day, he regularly refuses interviews and is one of the few major figures in the Simpson case not to write a book or memoir about it.

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* SlouchOfVillainy: Ito has this during his first appearance in court, including camerawork that accentuates it. Though in this case it's to show authority instead of villainy.


* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: When OJ returns home to the scene of the crime, Robert tells him he shouldn't talk to the police without a lawyer, but OJ goes along for an interview on the basis that it will make him look guilty if he brings a lawyer.

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* OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers: When OJ returns home to the scene of the crime, Robert Kardashian tells him he shouldn't talk to the police without a lawyer, but OJ goes along for an interview on the basis that it will make him look guilty if he brings a lawyer.

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* MortonsFork: When Fuhrman's history of racism is exposed and he is recalled to the stand, he refuses to answer any question asked of him, each time citing his fifth amendment rights. Before excusing him, Cochran simply asks him if he manufactured any evidence in the Simpson murder investigation. Either way he's screwed: if he answers that he didn't, he opens himself to more scrutiny. If he continues to cite the fifth, it makes it ''look'' like he did. Fuhrman chooses the latter.

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* BrassBalls: F. Lee Bailey remarks to his colleague Robert Shapiro that the latter has metal clanking down his pants because of Shapiro's ingenious strategy to turn the O.J. Simpson trial into a racist witch hunt.


* MeaningfulName: Mark ''Fuhr''man, secret racist and collector of "UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[ThoseWackyNazis memorabilia]]". It was invoked at one point by Darden, who points out that Fuhrman's initials are "[[MotherFBomb MF]]".

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* MeaningfulName: Mark ''Fuhr''man, secret racist and collector of "UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[ThoseWackyNazis memorabilia]]". It was invoked at one point by Darden, Clark, who points out that Fuhrman's initials are "[[MotherFBomb MF]]".


* TokenGoodTeammate: Robert Kardashian ends up being the only Dream Team lawyer who is focused exclusively on both the well-being of OJ and trying to find the truth, not just find a way to get OJ acquitted. Shapiro, Cochren and Bailey spend most of the trial infighting, challenging each other and otherwise try to put themselves into a more notable and prestigious position due to the high profile nature of the case. It was reported in real life that Robert was personally overwhelmed by the DNA evidence.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: Robert Kardashian ends up being the only Dream Team lawyer who is focused exclusively on both the well-being of OJ and trying to find the truth, not just find a way to get OJ acquitted. Shapiro, Cochren Cochran and Bailey spend most of the trial infighting, challenging each other and otherwise try to put themselves into a more notable and prestigious position due to the high profile nature of the case. It was reported in real life that Robert was personally overwhelmed by the DNA evidence.

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* AlmostKiss: Marcia Clark and Darden look on the verge of hooking up after a night of drinking in Episode 7. Darden pulls away before anything happens, and their interactions are tense in the office afterwards.


Creator/CubaGoodingJr. stars as Simpson himself, while the cast is rounded out by Creator/SarahPaulson as Marcia Clark, Creator/CourtneyBVance as Johnnie Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Creator/JohnTravolta as Robert Shapiro, Creator/DavidSchwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner (née [[Series/KeepingUpWithTheKardashians Kardashian]]), Creator/NathanLane as F. Lee Bailey, and Creator/BillyMagnussen as Kato Kaelin.

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Creator/CubaGoodingJr. stars as Simpson himself, while the cast is rounded out by Creator/SarahPaulson as Marcia Clark, Creator/CourtneyBVance as Johnnie Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Creator/JohnTravolta as Robert Shapiro, Creator/DavidSchwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner (née [[Series/KeepingUpWithTheKardashians Kardashian]]), Jenner, Creator/NathanLane as F. Lee Bailey, and Creator/BillyMagnussen as Kato Kaelin.

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