O.J. Simpson will be back in the news all this week

It's not the kind of anniversary that anyone would celebrate but Friday is the 20th anniversary of the killing of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

And, coincidentally, know that last week O.J. had his attorneys resubmit their appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court seeking a new trial in the former football star's Las Vegas kidnapping and armed robbery case.

The attorneys ask that the court reconsider whether Simpson's trial attorney in 2008 had conflicts of interest and botched his defense, according to the Associated Press.

Simpson's former attorney, Yale Galanter, notes that a Nevada judge ruled last year that Simpson failed to demonstrate how Galanter's actions changed the outcome of the case.

That judge said evidence was overwhelming that Simpson orchestrated the September 2007 kidnapping and robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, the Associated Press reported.

But it was back almost 20 years ago that O.J. Simpson went from former football star to murder suspect, a suspect in the brutal killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The two were found brutally massacred June 13, 1994 outside her Bundy Drive condominium.

After an eight-month trial, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing the two on Oct. 3, 1995.

Some think that Simpson's being convicted years and years later on the sports memorabilia charges is a "Karma conviction" because so many people still believe he killed the two and "got away with it."

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., NBC is running a Dateline special "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard."

The preview for the NBC Dateline episode reads:

1. Before Kris Jenner was known for all things "Kardashian," she was one of Nicole Brown Simpson's closest friends. Kris says Nicole dropped a bombshell just weeks before her death.

2. O.J.'s famous housemate, Kato Kaelin, suggests Simpson tried to get him to provide an alibi.

3. The jury never heard from Skip Junis, who said he saw O.J. throwing things away at the airport on the night of the murders.

4. Jill Shively was another witness who never testified during the trial. She told police she saw O.J. in his Bronco near the crime scene, minutes after the murders were thought to have been committed.

5. Simpson Defense attorney Carl Douglas says he did a little redecorating at O.J.'s house before the jury made its visit.

Many mostly remember the white Bronco slow-police pursuit chase of June 17, 1994, when O.J.'s friend Al Cowlings -- with Simpson in the back seat -- led 20 police cruisers along I-95. Simpson was supposed to turn himself in to police but the duo took off instead.

The chase ended at 8 p.m. at his Brentwood home. More than 95 million viewers watched the pursuit on TV.

Everyone has something they particularly remember about the situation, from his "dream team" legal defense to "the glove," or the quirky character Kato Kaelin. I watched the slow-speed chase and watched a good part of the trial.

But it was on Oct. 3, 1995 -- the day the verdict was announced -- that had the most impact on me personally. I had been offered my first reporter's job at a chain of local newspapers and watched the verdict handed down with my best friend at a south side TGIFriday's.

I remember how stunned I was when "not guilty" was the verdict. It was at that moment -- for better or for worse -- that I decided to accept the reporting job. I intended to "right all the wrongs" by "investigating everything."

I'll be watching Dateline Wednesday. It may just irritate me more but I can't help it.



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