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20 years later: key figures in the O.J. Simpson trial

A white Ford Bronco, driven by Al Cowlings and carrying O.J. Simpson, is chased by police cars as it travels on a southern California freeway in Los Angeles in this June 17, 1994. (AP Photo/Joseph Villarin)
It's nearly the 20 year anniversary of the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase. Despite this highly-publicized incident, O.J. was found innocent by the jury for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Here's a look at what happened to some of the key players in his trial after the not-guilty verdict was read.

Judge Lance Ito

Still on the Los Angeles Superior Court bench, Judge Ito has presided over more than 500 cases since the Simpson trial. He had to remove the name plaque on his courtroom door because it kept getting stolen. He plans to retire in 2015 with no plans other than to play his guitar.



Gil Garcetti

Garcetti, Los Angeles district attorney during the Simpson trial, served another term despite criticism of his handling of the case. Afterwards, he decided to become a photographer, traveling all over the world taking pictures that were published in books to raise awareness of social needs such as water wells in Africa. He has also been a consultant for crime television shows such as "The Closer."


Marcia Clark

After she unsuccessfully prosecuted Simpson, Clark was paid $4 million to write her memoir about the case and also wrote a series of mystery novels. She has stopped practicing law.


Chris Darden

The co-prosecutor who was heavily criticized for making Simpson try on the alleged murder gloves left the district attorney's office after the trial to become a defense attorney. He has also written several mystery novels.



Robert Shapiro

The first member of Simpson's defense team launched a foundation to help drug-addicted youth after his son fatally overdosed in 2005. He was also one of the founders of LegalZoom.com, a do-it-yourself document website for people bringing lawsuits.



Johnnie Cochran

The famous lead attorney for Simpson expanded his law firm to 15 states and was the success story of his team until he passed away from brain cancer in 2005 at age 68.



Barry Scheck

The lawyer who introduced the science of DNA to jurors founded The Innocence Project with his co-counsel on the Simpson case, Peter Neufeld. The project uses DNA evidence to free wrongfully accused prisoners and has helped overturn hundreds of cases.


F. Lee Bailey

Bailey, one of Simpson's defense attorneys, was disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida for misconduct handling a client's case. He continues to seek readmission to the bar and has written at length about his belief in Simpson's innocence.


Robert Kardashian

As a close friend of Simpson, Kardashian renewed his law license to participate in O.J.'s defense. He died from esophageal cancer in 2003. His ex-wife Kris and their children became famous after his death for their reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."


Kato Kaelin

Known for being O.J.'s house guest at the time of the murders, Kaelin tried to extend his moment in the spotlight to show business and is now involved in promoting a clothing line called "Kato's Potatoes."



Kim Goldman

Ron Goldman's younger sister burst into hysterics as the not-guilty verdict was read. She now counsels troubled teens as executive director of The Youth Project. She just released her second book "Can't Forgive: My Twenty-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson."


Fred Goldman

Ron's father relentlessly pursued Simpson through civil courts for over a decade and managed to seize a large judgement by the courts. He is now 73 years old, living in Arizona with his wife, and working in retail sales. He put most of the money from the judgement into the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice that he founded with his wife and daughter.


O.J. Simpson

In September 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada and charged with a number of felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping. He was found guilty in 2008 and is currently serving his 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.

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