Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

O.J. Simpson sits in court during the first day of jury selection for his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nev., September 8, 2008. (John Locher/Reuters)

During the O. J. Simpson trial I met one of his defense attorneys at a dinner party. I asked if he thought Simpson guilty, and he said positively not. Later, during a general discussion of the case, he said the murders were, finally, a tragedy; perhaps even more so in the case of Ron Goldman, who was an innocent victim. We all nodded.

Why did we nod? As we knew it was true. What did we all — including the lawyer — know to be true? That Nic­­ole Simpson was murdered by her ex-husband; and Ron Goldman was — not more

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