This past Saturday, January 25, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the beginning of oral arguments in the trial of The People v O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. This week, Crime Story will commemorate that anniversary by presenting a series of special interviews related to the way the historical narrative of the trial has been preserved for posterity.
On Monday (link here) and Tuesday (link here), we present a two-part interview with Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, the creators of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
On Wednesday (link here) and Thursday (link here), we present a two-part interview with Ezra Edelman the producer and director of the Oscar and Emmy winning documentary epic, O.J.: Made In America.
And on Friday, on a special episode of our Jury Duty podcast, we present my exclusive interview with Bill Hodgman who had oversight responsibilities for the team prosecuting O.J. Simpson: Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden.
Also, you can hear me talking about putting this week together, the OJ trial and a bunch of other Crime Story related topics on the Josh Marshall podcast here.
Our guest on Jury Duty this week is Bill Hodgman. Mr. Hodgman served in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for over 40 years until his retirement in 2019. During the last eight of those years, Bill served as the Assistant District Attorney overseeing the office’s line operations. In 1994 and 1995, he was one of the lead prosecutors in the double-murder prosecution of O.J. Simpson.
I spoke with Bill by phone last Saturday, The day of the 25th anniversary of the commencement of oral arguments in the Simpson trial. My aim was to explore the many facets of storytelling in that trial, and to get the perspective from inside the prosecution’s foxhole during those proceedings. I also sought Bill‘s perspective on the legacy of the trial as it has been memorialized in popular culture.
My apologies in advance for the static in our connection, but I think you will find that the thoughtfulness and honesty of Bill’s commentary overcomes any technical imperfection in our presentation.