Report: Police are testing knife found at O.J. Simpson’s estate

AP

With the O.J. Simpson case being revisited through an over-the-top FX series that is still be recorded by my DVR but hasn’t watched in weeks, it’s no surprise that someone, somewhere has found a way to nudge an ice-cold case forward.

Via TMZ, a “top secret” investigation has commenced regarding a knife that was found at some point between 1998 and “several years ago” on the site of Simpson’s Brentwood estate.

According to the report, the knife was discovered by a construction worker, who delivered it to a police officer who happened to be out on the street near the property. The police officer, who worked in the traffic division, kept it for years. In January, the now-retired officer contacted a friend in the homicide division and asked for the “departmental record” number for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, so that the number could be engraved on a frame that was holding the knife.

The police demanded that the knife be surrendered, and it’s currently being tested for hair and fingerprints. Next week, it will be tested for DNA evidence and other biological material.

If the evidence points to O.J. Simpson, it won’t matter. He was acquitted more than 20 years ago, and he can’t be tried again for murder.

While he didn’t testify in the criminal trial, Simpson testified in the civil case that was filed against him, and he denied committed murder under oath. So, in theory, he could be prosecuted for perjury, if the knife points conclusively to proof of guilt.

A perjury prosecution would be complicated by the statute of limitations in California (three years), which prosecutors possibly would try to circumvent by arguing that the evidence only recently became available. Simpson surely would respond by arguing that the police were on notice of the knife more than three years ago, wiping out any potential claim that the clock started in January 2016.

Besides, Simpson eventually received his comeuppance via a prosecution in Las Vegas arising from efforts by Simpson to recover memorabilia that he apparently was trying to sell in a way that escaped the reach of a multi-million-dollar civil verdict. Dredging up the case in the hopes of tacking a few years onto his current sentence of nine to 33 years arguably would be a waste of resources.

None of it matters until the knife is fully tested. Ultimately, it could simply provide another item of proof for further deliberation by the jury of the court of public opinion.

65 responses to “Report: Police are testing knife found at O.J. Simpson’s estate

  1. Even without a “dream team” of lawyers, you’d have to think even a halfway competent one would argue that there’s a major chain of custody problem anyway, given the delay before finding it, turning it in, all the other hands it’s been in…

  2. Like a knife with such a dubious chain of custody can help with anything.
    A construction worker finds a knife, does not leave it in situ, but picks it up and hands it to a police officer who then keeps it as a souvenir until after he retires, and maybe needs money and THEN he says..hey, maybe this is evidence….

  3. A knife with no documented chain of custody for a decade isn’t proof of anything. OJ did it, but this knife is a red herring

  4. >”The police officer, who worked in the traffic division, kept it for years. In January, the now-retired officer contacted a friend in the homicide division and asked for the “departmental record” number for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, so that the number could be engraved on a frame that was holding the knife.”

    Seriously? A law enforcement official did that? How incredibly embarrassing for him, his department, and anyone who had a hand in his training. Just when you think your confidence in police can’t fall any lower. Good lord.

    Test the knife if you want – though I doubt it’s going to shed any new light or change any minds, practically speaking – but going after Simpson is almost certainly a waste of taxpayer money at this point.

  5. And if, by some miracle, the knife conclusively proves it was not Simpson, will he be released from prison to resume his search for the real killer?

  6. What about punishment for the traffic cop that kept potential evidence of murder as a souvenir?

  7. The police officer kept it himself, framed it, then asked for the department record number to engrave it? This guy doesn’t sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  8. Doesn’t even really matter at this point. Clark and Darden had a layup case against OJ and blew it through incompetence and stupidity. Everyone knows he did it; the evidence overwhelmingly proved his guilt and this knife, if it is the murder weapon, will just be further proof of one of the biggest miscarriages of justice anyone has seen

  9. Well you don’t say! What a shocker! Investigation was completely botched from the beginning and this dude literally got away with murder times 2! Rot in hell!

  10. He didn’t do it. The jury said so. Waste of time.

    We never landed on the moon, wrestling is real, loch ness monster is real, ISIS isn’t a threat, JFK was killed by a lone assassin, marijuana doesn’t affect your health or judgement, Roger Goodell has integrity, Steven Avery is Guilty-the jury said, Global warming is real(lol), UFO’s do exist, Katy Perry is really JonBenet Ramsay, The Cola Wars…I can’t take it any more.

    We didn’t start the BS……..

    A former NFL fan

  11. Isn’t there also an issue with the chain of custody on the knife? If the officer kept it for years before surrendering it to the police, then it would be useless in a real trial. Also, the fact that it suddenly turned up could be deemed as suspicious as Peyton Manning’s roommate suddenly showing up. Not saying the knife is as dubious as Manning’s roommate, but a case could be made that it is.

    For me, the biggest thing that points to OJ’s guilt (besides the civil trial verdict) is that most of his dream team lawyers have said he’s guilty.

    The only reason he didn’t get convicted is that the police screwed up the investigation so badly. The most damning piece of evidence couldn’t be included without limiting the impact.

  12. If incompetence was punishable by prison, Clark and Darden would be serving terms well into the 22nd century.

  13. steelerben says:
    Mar 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    And if, by some miracle, the knife conclusively proves it was not Simpson, will he be released from prison to resume his search for the real killer?
    ——————
    Nope – but that’s because he’s not in jail for anything related to this case.

  14. Bogus. I hope Nicole and Ron’s blood are found on the knife….. And then the stupid officer whose been in possession of it all these years is found guilty of the murders. There’s nothing linking OJ to the knife besides a he said she said story from said corrupt officer. The retired officer needs and deserves to he prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  15. I wanna know what happens to the police officer who kept the knife. His should stop receiving any type of government pension plans besides what he funded himself in retirement funds.

  16. What kind of a sick person would want this potential main piece of evidence framed and hung on his wall? If it does turn out to be the murder weapon and this moron kept it,not only did he prevent the Brown and Goldman families from having definite closure,he should get locked up for withholding it. Some people are just unbelievable.

  17. The cop that kept it has to be looking at some type of very deserved repercussions but I am more curious about the construction worker. If that were you and you found it and gave it to a cop after a certain amount of time wouldn’t you want to know what happened with it? The worker didn’t ask enough questions to raise a flag with anyone? Just seems strange

  18. Clark and Darden weren’t really that bad, just unlucky; if this murder and trial happened today they would have gotten a conviction. Jury had no clue what DNA was back then. Now, with 4 CSI shows, everyone has a better idea of the technology.

    The only incompetence on their part was not vetting Furman well enough before putting him on the stand

  19. 20 years later and the police are still botching the case. The officer who acquired this and didn’t surrender it as evidence years ago should be charged with obstruction of Justice. Of course, he won’t, because police don’t charge police with anything unless there are riots about it and even then they find a way to hide behind the system

  20. The police officer, who worked in the traffic division, kept it for years. In January, the now-retired officer contacted a friend in the homicide division and asked for the “departmental record” number for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, so that the number could be engraved on a frame that was holding the knife.

    _____

    This part of the story is crazy. The guy should lose his pension.

  21. “And if, by some miracle, the knife conclusively proves it was not Simpson, will he be released from prison to resume his search for the real killer”

    Yeah, except for the fact that he’s not in prison for the murders.

  22. This is idiotic. And I understand the charge might be for perjury which happened after the fact but I still think there are double jeopardy issues since the State already tried (and failed) to prove him guilty of murder.

    Good luck with that Los Angeles.

  23. Was fortunate to attend a party of several OJ supporters after the criminal verdict. The timeline never supported his committing the crime. Not enough time to get from where OJ was to the crime scene when the murders occurred.

  24. The construction worker found the knife AFTER OJ was acquitted. Reading is fundamental folks.

  25. Send the knife to Wisconsin. We’ll find that Steven Avery did it. One way or another.

  26. Cop takes evidence as treasure. He should be fired and brought up on charges. This is sick beyond sick! Is this Mexico? The police force is supposed to uphold the law and be beyond reproach.
    Cop gets knife and frames it for himself….that’s sick!!!!

  27. steelerben says:
    Mar 4, 2016 11:39 AM

    And if, by some miracle, the knife conclusively proves it was not Simpson, will he be released from prison to resume his search for the real killer?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That would be some powerful evidence to compel Las Vegas to release OJ from his prison term for “armed robbery” if the LAPD find evidence that proves he was innocent of murder allegations in California.

    Anyways, people that think OJ is innocent are the same people that think Brady’s cell phone matters in deflategate. You cant reason with those people, so there is no sense trying. The defense of OJ played an absolutely brilliant strategy. But cmon people, how the hell did blood from OJ, Nicole, and Ron end up in OJs house, in his car, etc, if he wasn’t there. He wasn’t framed by the police. He wasn’t set up by the police. He was a murderer that just so happened to luck out that the LAPD was historically useless and incredibly racist toward black people. It didn’t play a role in what OJ did, but it was plenty of ammunition to discredit the investigation. All you need is doubt. Is it possible that the LAPD set him up? Yes, its possible, and that’s why he got off. Its also “possible” that a sasquatch killed Nicole and Ron, but not likely…

  28. Too bad the cop screwed up, so this “evidence” won’t matter. Rational people know he did it. OJ will always be remembered as a murderer, just like Brady will always be remembered as a cheater.

  29. They could uncover an actual video of him committing the murders that he 100% beyond a shadow of a doubt got away with, and the black community across the country would still believe he was innocent. There was enough DNA evidence pointing to no one except him for it to have been a slam dunk 100x over, but race was a blinding factor with his followers. If a white guy would’ve been found innocent of killing two innocent black people, there would have been riots of epic proportion. Just looking at how some defend felons who do get killed justifiably, like in Cleveland, Florida & Missouri, and the race card still blinds people to the facts….LOL! Can you say reverse descrimitaion at it’s finest??

  30. The funniest thing I ever heard regarding the whole O.J. Simpson debacle was the one-liner by Dan Patrick on Sportscenter one night. Dan Patrick said, “Barry Sanders moved past O.J. Simpon and into 4th place on the NFL’s All-Time Rushing list. OJ blames the LAPD for planting Barry in the NFL.”

    Still one of my favorite all-time quotes.

  31. No charges for O.J. but that cop should be charged for sure.

    A retired officer has decades of experience and didn’t think to at LEAST check to see if the police were interested in it? i am not a cop and would be terrified at keeping something like this without checking with them first.

    The accompanying photo is great as usual. It just screams … “WHO ME???????”

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