Twenty years after the most publicized trial of the century—what are the key figures doing now?+ READ ARTICLE
Twenty years ago Thursday, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered at her Los Angeles home. Former NFL star OJ Simpson was charged with his ex-wife’s murder, and the resulting televised trial gripped the nation. Simpson was controversially acquitted of all murder charges in Oct. 1995 — a verdict that still reverberates, some two decades later. Here’s a look at where the main players in the OJ trial are today:
Involvement in the case: The man accused of the killings.
Where are they now: Simpson, 66, was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and kidnapping over the theft of memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. He was sentenced to 33 years in jail, and his request for a new trial was vetoed in 2013. He remains in state prison.
Involvement in the case: The father of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe, Robert Kardashian was a lawyer and friend of OJ Simpson. Simpson sent him a message protesting his innocence shortly before he attempted to flee the LAPD in a white Ford Bronco, which Kardashian made public. He was also on Simpson’s legal team.
Where are they now: Robert Kardashian died in 2003 of esophageal cancer at 59.
Judge Lance Ito
Involvement in the case: The judge who presided over the trial, and was criticized for allowing television cameras inside the courtroom.
Where are they now: Ito remains on the Los Angeles Superior Court bench and has presided over at least 500 cases since the Simpson trial, Associated Press reports.
Involvement in the case: The chief prosecutor.
Where are they now: Clark stopped practicing law after the Simpson trial, but her 1998 memoir Without a Doubt—in which she criticized the justice system that allowed Simpson to walk free—reportedly netted her $4 million.
Johnnie Cochran Jr.
Involvement in the case: Simpson’s colorful lead attorney, whose courtroom quip about a bloodstained leather glove found in Simpson’s home — “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”— became a heavily-quoted catchphrase.
Where are they now: Cochran died of brain cancer in 2005 aged 67, but not before defending a host of other celebrities including Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Sean “P Diddy” Combs.
Involvement in the case: The LAPD detective who found a glove with traces of Brown’s DNA in Simpson’s home, and whose use of racial slurs on a tape recorded some ten years prior to the case allowed Simpson’s team to portray him as an unreliable witness.
Where are they now: Fuhrman is currently a forensic and crime scene expert for the Fox News Channel and is the radio host of “The Mark Fuhrman Show” in Spokane, Wash.
Involvement in the case: The actor lived in a bungalow on Simpson’s property at the time of the murders, and was a key witness in the trial. At the time, he said Simpson had no obvious cuts or injuries on the night of the murders.
Were are they now: Kaelin used his new-found fame from the trial to score some appearances on reality TV shows over the years—including Celebrity Boot Camp—and is now creating a loungewear line called “Kato Potato” meant for couch potatoes.
Involvement in the case: Scheck, a member of Simpson’s defense team, cited DNA evidence to contradict the prosecution’s forensic evidence case.
Where are they now: Along with Peter Neufeld, who also worked on the Simpson case, he founded the Innocence Project, which uses DNA evidence to exonerate wrongly convicted individuals.
F. Lee Bailey
Involvement in the case: Bailey was a part-time member of the defense team who cross-examined Mark Fuhrman.
Where are they now: Years later, Bailey was disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida for mishandling a client’s case, according to the Associated Press. The 80-year-old continues to seek readmission to the bar and in 2011 he wrote a 46-page document claiming he has evidence of Simpson’s innocence.
White Ford Bronco
Involvement in the case: The vehicle driven by Al Cowlings, Simpson’s childhood friend and teammate, in the slow-speed police chase on the day .
Where is it now: After the trial, a collector named Michael Pulwer purchased the Bronco for $75,000—more than twice its original value, according to ESPN. The vehicle can now be rented out for events and parties.
OJ’s children: Jason, Arnelle, Sydney and Justin
Involvement in the case: Arnelle and Jason are Simpson’s surviving children with his first wife, Marguerite Whitley. Nicole Brown Simpson’s two children with Simpson, Sydney and Justin, were 8 and 5 respectively at the time of their mother’s murder.
Where are they now: Various gossip sites have reported minor scandals about Arnelle Simpson and Sydney Simpson, and in 2012, Jason Simpson was the subject of a book arguing he committed the murders his father was acquitted of. Justin Simpson, now 25, lives in the Miami area, according to Sports Illustrated, but has largely stayed out of the public eye.