American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson airs tonight at 10 p.m. on FX. There is so much hype around the show, which details O.J. Simpson’s highly-publicized trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The Ryan Murphy -produced anthology series will bring many of the ’s key players to life, including prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) and defense attorney Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance). All of the show buzz has us wondering: What are the real trial peeps doing these days? We did some digging, and the answers are crazy intriguing. Read on to find out, and let us know if you’re watching ACS tonight!
Cochran was one of the main defense attorneys on Simpson’s “Dream Team,” known best for his closing statement quote, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” His fame continued after the trial with his own show Cochran & Grace (co-hosted by Nancy Grace). He died in 2005 from an inoperable brain tumor.
Darden, the second prosecutor, infamously asked Simpson to try on the bloody glove during the trial. (When it didn’t fit, it gave Cochran the ammunition to say his iconic line.) Darden is still a practicing lawyer in Los Angeles. He recently suggested Cochran tampered with the glove Simpson tried on, which is why it didn’t fit. Fighting words, eh?
Vanity Fair called him a “spin doctor,” which makes sense given his important role on the “Dream Team.” According to the glossy, Shapiro regretted his role in Simpson’s trial and abandoned criminal law. He did find later success in the Internet, though. He co-founded both LegalZoom.com and ShoeDazzle.com.
Kaelin was a witness during the trial and was actually staying in Simpson’s estate the night Brown and Goldman were killed. Since the trial, Kaelin has become quite the reality TV staple, appearing in VH1’s Celebrity Boot Camp in addition to Reality Bites Back and Gimme My Reality Show. He even hosted his own court TV show, Eye for an Eye, that aired in 34 countries.
Ito was one of the most famous faces in the trial (naturally), but keeps a low profile nowadays. He officially retired from the bench on Jan.4, 2015. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 30 years.
Fuhram was the Los Angeles Police Department detective who found the blood-soaked glove that ultimately acquitted Simpson. Fuhram was positioned by the defense as a racist cop who planted the glove to frame Simpson. Fuhram claimed he wasn’t racist and hadn’t used the “N” word in 10 years, but a video refuted this, making him guilty of perjury. He’s since written several true crime books and hosts a radio show in Spokane, Washington.
Scheck joined the “Dream Team” to help clear Simpson with forensic evidence. (He was the one who argued that pesky bloody glove found on Simpson’s property was planted and/or tampered.) He currently teaches at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and founded Innocence Project, which uses DNA evidence to clear convicted felons of crimes.
Dershowitz was the appellate advisor on the Simpson trial and has gone on to table several high-profile cases, including Jeffrey Epstein and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He also has several books and opinion articles to his name.
Kardashian didn’t play a huge role in the “Dream Team,” but he was Simpson’s dear friend and even let the football player stay at his house after the murders. (It recently came out Simpson tried to kill himself in Kardashian’s daughter Kim’s bedroom.) Kardashian died in 2003 from esophageal cancer.
Bailey was the “Dream Team’s” not-so-secret weapon. He was ferocious during the Simpson trial, accusing detective Mark Fuhrman of being racist toward the football player. He’s since been disbarred from practicing law and also got into a heated fight with the I.R.S. about back taxes. He lives in Maine.
Cowlings drove the White Bronco (with Simpson in the backseat) that police tailed for two hours. He recently made headlines for threatening to sue FX if the actor who portrayed him casts him in a negative light.
He was the lead detective on the case but has since retired. He still lives near Los Angeles.
Petrocelli was involved in the wrongful death Ron Goldman’s father Fred filed against Simpson in 1997. Petrocelli victoriously argued the case and got $8.5 million for Goldman’s family. However, even though the case proved Simpson was “responsible” for Goldman’s death, it doesn’t classify it as “murder.” Legal BS, we know. He is still a practicing lawyer and lives in Brentwood, California.
Garcetti was the district attorney during the Simpson trial. These days, he has his hands in more creative work. He went on to help produce the TNT television shows The Closer and Major Crimes. He is also a renowned photographer, and you can see his work in several museums.
“The only thing that happens is it becomes a new norm,” Goldman told 20/20 recently about his son’s death. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my son.” But he did achieve one small silver lining: He was awarded $33.5 million in 2007 by a judge who ruled Simpson was liable for Ron’s death.
Brown was a witness in the trial and claimed her sister was abused by Simpson. She started the domestic violence organization Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation, but it is no longer active. She then formed The Elite Speaker’s Bureau Inc., an organization of people who talk publicly about domestic violence, mental health and sexual assault.
Resnick was close friends with Brown and even stayed at the Simpson estate a few days before she was killed. She also appeared in Playboy during the trial, which caused a fuss. She is friendly with both Kris Jenner and Kyle Richards and has even appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping Up with the Kardashians .
Barbieri was the last woman Simpson courted before the trial. She was with Simpson the evening leading up to Brown’s murder. Her post-trial life was saucy, to say the least. After dabbling in some soft-core porn (as one does), she married a Florida judge named Michael Overstreet and found Jesus. Again, as one does.
Lopez was Simpson’s neighbor’s housekeeper and a very important defense witness. After the trial, she moved back to her home country El Salvador. The trial reportedly took a major toll on her.
Lead prosecutor Clark was heavily criticized for her courtroom fashions and even received a makeover midway through it. But a new hair ’do didn’t impress the jury enough to find Simpson guilty. Clark took much of the blame for Simpson’s acquittal and left practicing law altogether. She is now a successful novelist with two bestsellers– Guilt by Association and Guilty by Degrees–to her name.