OJ ON TRIAL
gOLDMAN V SIMPSON: THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
October 3, 1995
A stunned nation watches as OJ Simpson is acquitted for
murdering his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman. The families of the victims weep
inconsolably as the television cameras capture every moment of anger, grief, and
disappointment. While the victims’ families must pick up the pieces of their
shattered lives, Simpson and his entourage return to Simpson’s Brentwood home for
what will become a victory party. Many will ask: Will there ever be justice in this
case? And has the judicial system failed?
Goldman v. Simpson: The Search for Justice is a 10-episode, scripted miniseries focused on the civil trial of O.J. Simpson. Only this time, the verdict will not be bought by high-priced lawyers and media spin. This time, Simpson will be found culpable for his crimes, essentially forcing him underground to avoid his punishment.
Goldman v. Simpson: The Search for Justice will be the first series to dramatize Simpson on the witness stand, humiliated by the withering attacks of the victims’ pro bono attorney, hell bent on justice.
It is the story of fish-out-of-water lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, and his obsessive investigation into Simpson’s motives to seek justice for his client, Fred Goldman: a man who always and forever referred to Simpson simply as “The Killer.”
It is the story of a father’s love and his never ending battle with the system to make sure his son’s death was not in vain.
The series will also focus heavily on the complicated relationship between Simpson and Nicole that led to her brutal murder and the guilt their loved ones felt when their efforts (and apathy) failed to save Nicole.
Based on attorney Daniel Petrocelli’s riveting account of the Simpson case, Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga – the most detailed book on Simpson and Nicole’s troubled past – the series will be told through the framework of the civil trial and its preparatory depositions, picking up where the recent hit miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson, left off.
Petrocelli and his team are tasked with unraveling the truth amidst Simpson’s web of lies and the somewhat conflicting stories of their circle of friends, family members, and Simpson’s sycophants. Through a Rashomon style presentation of the “facts,” Petrocelli begins to understand their passionate kismet, their fatal attraction, and how perhaps, they may have been doomed from the start. He also is able to prove what the prosecution in the criminal trial could not: Simpson’s obsessive jealousy and insecurity fueled his rage to the point of murder.
Goldman v. Simpson: The Search for Justice will take the viewers through a 30-year period – through first romances, happy vacations, brutal encounters, and courtroom machinations – culminating in Simpson’s guilty verdict in the civil trial and his subsequent conviction in Las Vegas.
The series sets out to do what no other series about O.J. Simpson has dared: to look beyond race, beyond the Trial of the Century, and even beyond domestic violence and examine the aftermath of the crimes on the victims’ families and loved ones; the ones left behind to pick up the pieces from the selfish acts of a jealous man who felt he could get away with anything – and had. Even murder.
Goldman v. Simpson: The Search for Justice will also focus on two people in love – and the sad, complicated, human emotions that come with it when that love changes; to peer through the door of that secret universe a marriage creates and how “‘til death do us part” isn’t really the end.
Goldman v. Simpson: The Search for Justice will utilize flashbacks intercut throughout the “contemporaneous” civil trial, highlighting:
- Their first meeting in 1977 at The Daisy Café when Nicole was a 17 year old, fresh faced model and waitress – and their first date which ended in signs of aggression
- Simpson’s demands on Nicole’s behavior and appearance and the hell she would pay when she disobeyed
- Simpson’s affair with Tawny Kitaen and the maelstrom brought on Nicole when she dared to challenge it
- Their divorce, reconciliation, and her eventual destruction at the hands of a jealous Simpson – perhaps spawned by Nicole’s affection for his good friend and mentee, Marcus Allen
- Nicole’s journey of self-discovery told through her own words, ripped from the pages of her real life diary
- Nicole’s complicated reasons for staying with a man she feared and her desperate hope to retain the life they had built together at all costs
- Simpson’s ego and the privileges (and burdens) that come with being a star – and the pathetic ways in which Simpson tried to retain star status, even as America’s Persona Non Grata
- Simpson on the witness stand in the civil trial – the ultimate recreation for those who were not in the courtroom
- And many other events, told through the eyes of characters based on insiders like Nicole’s best friends Faye Resnick and Kris Jenner; Simpson’s best friends, Al Cowlings and Robert Kardashian; Simpson’s girlfriend, Paula Barbieri; Simpson’s sports agent and enabler, Mike Gilbert; and of course the Simpson and Brown Families, especially Nicole’s mother Juditha Brown who looked on Simpson as her own son and Simpson’s eldest son Jason who wanted to protect Nicole like she was his own sister.
Petrocelli was the only person to interview all the players under oath – including a grueling 13-day deposition with Simpson himself – and achieved the ultimate insider access into their marriage – and their psyches. Co-creators Braverman and Auerbach possess their own authoritative insights into the Simpson case, having recently completed two, two-hour documentaries on Simpson for A&E. They also serve as the representatives for the most inclusive archive on the case, including information that has never before been shared with the public.