Behind the Crime Scene - A True Crime Podcast
On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, were stabbed to death outside Nicole’s condo in the Brentwood Neighborhood of Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson, former NFL player, broadcaster and actor, was identified as a “person of interest” after LAPD officers found a bloody glove behind his house. He was later charged with the murders on June 17th. When he did not turn himself in, O.J. became the object of a low-speed pursuit in a white 1993 Ford Bronco SUV owned and driven by his friend Al Cowlings. TV stations interrupted coverage of the NBA finals to broadcast the incident. An estimated 95 million people watched the pursuit live. The pursuit, arrest, and trial were among the most widely publicized events in American history . The trial—often characterized as the trial of the century because of its international publicity—spanned eleven months.
Simpson was represented by a high-profile defense team, which was initially led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently directed by Johnnie Cochran. The team also included F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, and Robert Kardashian,
Deputy District Attorneys Marcia Clark, Bill Hodgman and Christopher Darden had a very strong case against Simpson, but he was acquitted. Simpson's celebrity status, racial issues, and the lengthy televised trial riveted national attention. So much so, we’re still talking about it.
Now, let's go Behind the Crime Scene with prosecutor Bill Hodgman on the O.J. Simpson double homicide trial and discuss the aftermath of the shocking acquittal.
Mr. Hodgman received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1975 and his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1978. He joined the District Attorney’s Office in November 1978.
While serving in different trial and special prosecution units, Mr. Hodgman tried to jury over 140 felony cases, including more than 40 murder cases. In 1991, he was the lead trial lawyer in the securities fraud prosecution of Charles H. Keating, Jr. After securing convictions in that case, he was selected as the 1992 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorneys Association and the Los Angeles County Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA). In 1993, Mr. Hodgman was one of the lead prosecutors involved in the investigation of Michael Jackson regarding child molestation allegations. In 1994 and 1995, he was one of the lead prosecutors in the double-murder prosecution of O.J. Simpson. In 1996 and early 1997, Mr. Hodgman successfully prosecuted and secured a nine year prison sentence against Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row Records. In October 2000, Mr. Hodgman was inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
From January 2001 to April 2002, Mr. Hodgman was the Head Deputy for the Ad Hoc Rampart Division which was charged with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting cases arising from the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division police misconduct scandal. From April 2002 to March 2005, Mr. Hodgman was Head Deputy of the Sex Crimes Division. In that assignment, Mr. Hodgman coordinated the investigation and prosecution efforts regarding the Catholic clergy sexual abuse of children scandal. From March 2005 to December 2012, Mr. Hodgman was Head Deputy for the Target Crimes Division and supervised the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section (CAPOS), the Arson Section, the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team (STAT), the Child Abduction Section, and the Psychiatric Section. CAPOS is the special prosecution unit dedicated to prosecuting violent offenders who kill or attempt to kill law enforcement officers engaged in the performance of their duties.
From December 2012 to January 2019, Mr. Hodgman served as the Assistant District Attorney overseeing the office’s line operations. Previously, he served as the Director for Central Operations and the Director for Special Operations. Mr. Hodgman received the Career Prosecutor Award from the ADDA in 2014. the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Loyola Law School Fidler Institute of Criminal Justice in 2017, and the Career Achievement award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Law Section in 2019.