For this question, read the brief summary of the OJ Simpson case and trial present on the Crime Museums (in Washington DC) website. (You may also want to review the background of the entire case.) Although the OJ Simpson trial took place almost 2 decades ago, it remains a common example of how poorly handled evidence and issues with the chain of custody can greatly influence the outcome of the trial. Remember that the decision reached by the juried trial must be a decision beyond reasonable doubt. A major factor in the accumulation of doubt can come from the handling of the evidence itself.
If you were on the jury, would you believe that the issues with evidence were enough to cause doubt in the prosecutions arguments? Based on what youve learned in this weeks reading so far, what correct crime scene and evidence storage techniques could have been employed to prevent these issues from happening?