The O. J. Simpson Case

TheO. J. Simpson Case

Whatdo you consider to be some of the more serious examples of lapses oflaw enforcement professionalism in regards to the O. J. Simpson case?

O.JSimpson was tried on 21 June 1995 for a double murder of his ex-wifeNicole Simpson and a friend of Nicole-Ronald Goldman. However, he waslater acquitted of these charges (Alderman, 2007).

Therewas a lapse of law enforcement professionalism in regard to howdetectives made notifications of Nicole’s murder. In general,before the identity of a victim of murder is fully confirmed the lawrequires that no official death notification should be made to thenext of kin, family members, or friends of the deceased. This isbecause there may be a likelihood of assuming the identity of aperson only to discover later that the buried body was misidentified.In this case, detective Lang’s decision to make a telephone toNicole’s parent is questionable instead he would have sent apolice officer after fully confirming about the death. Additionally,detectives Lang and Vannatter failed to confirm Nicole’s identityprior to making the death notifications to the family of both O.J andBrown (Garland, 2011). Again, Alderman (2007) argues that thefamilies of the deceased were notified of the deaths in a less thanprofessional manner.

Undeniably,police’s investigation of the murder of the two raised severalcontroversial issues that hugely tainted their credibility. Most ofthese controversial issues emanated from the fact that the fourdetectives failed to follow the set standard procedures in lawenforcement. They did not wait for the coroner’s investigator tomake a proper identification instead they made a prompt deathnotification to the families of the deceased


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