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June 7, 2014

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Twenty years ago, it became the “Trial of the Century.” Hall of Fame football star O.J. Simpson was charged with the June 12, 1994, murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Every twist and turn of the case, from the slow-speed pursuit of the white Ford Bronco carrying Simpson to the courtroom scene of him trying on the glove allegedly worn by the killer to his acquittal, became fodder for the first big TV trial in an era of 24-hour news. The Associated Press looks back on the case, the spectacle and the implications. The text and photos will be sent for use Sunday, June 8, and thereafter, and will be available online at 0401 GMT on Sunday, June 8. Video will move at 0500 GMT on Monday, June 9.

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OJ SIMPSON-STILL BLACK AND WHITE

The O.J. Simpson murder trial exposed many painful truths. None hit harder than the idea that white and black people often look at the same facts and see different realities. Today, 20 years after the case captivated and divided the nation, few opinions about the saga have changed. Conversations with those who followed the trial show that the powerful emotions triggered by the case remain vivid. By National Writer Jesse Washington. 1,000 words.

OJ SIMPSON-20 YEARS LATER

LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson approached the jurors with the famous leather gloves. As he struggled to get them past his knuckles, he stated the obvious: “They’re too small.” Next to me in the courtroom sat gadfly writer Dominick Dunne, who came to the trial believing Simpson was guilty in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. But in that moment something changed for him and many others. “Did you see that?” Dunne whispered to me. “He took those gloves and he ran with them as if he was running down a football field. This case is over.” By Linda Deutsch. 920 words, photos.

— OJ SIMPSON-10 THINGS TO KNOW — A look at the moments that made the O.J. Simpson case and trial so memorable, from the slow-speed chase in the white Bronco to his attorney’s famous quip: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” 720 words.

__ OJ SIMPSON-THEN AND NOW — A look at major players in the O.J. Simpson murder case and where they are now. 890 words, photos.

AP WAS THERE-OJ SIMPSON-THE CHASE — OJ Simpson’s slow-speed chase, broadcast live, as reported by The Associated Press in 1994. 1,400 words, photos.

PHOTOS

OJ SIMPSON-PHOTO GALLERY — A collection of memorable photos from the O.J. Simpson murder case, from the slow-speed white Bronco chase to the jury’s decision. 110 words, photos.

VIDEO

OJ SIMPSON — An interview with Associated Press Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch’s reflections on the O.J. Simpson murder case, including her interactions over the years with the former football star. UPCOMING: 0500 GMT Monday, June 9.

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