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Court of public opinion convicted O.J. Simpson

The collapse of O.J. Simpson’s TV and book deal shows that the court of public opinion can carry more weight than courts of law.

Mr. Simpson wrote a book titled “If I Did It,” in which he described hypothetically how he would have murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. The public’s revulsion caused Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., owner of publisher HarperCollins and Fox Broadcasting, to call back the already-printed book before it went on sale, and to cancel a TV special.

Apparently it was too late to call back hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of dollars. The company says the money went to a ghostwriter and the children of O.J. and Nicole Simpson. If O.J. made any money off the deal, it ought to go to the victims’ families.

A yearlong televised trial resulted in Mr. Simpson’s acquittal in 1995. But Americans have clearly reached the opposite verdict.

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