World watches in disbelief
Sunday 08 October 1995
In South Africa, the Black Lawyers' Association said the Simpson case showed that a jury system was preferable to trial by judges, and was needed in South Africa. The verdict, the group added, was ''a very strong signal to racist police officers ... that decent, ordinary human beings will not rely on the evidence of such people to convict others''. The introduction of juries, they said, would restore South African blacks' faith in the country's mostly white-run judicial system.
Australians calling phone-in programmes were stunned by the verdict and blamed Simpson's lawyers for obscuring the real evidence by alleging a racist frame-up.
European newspapers generally said the acquittal made a mockery of the US justice system and had left the country more racially divided than ever. The Italian La Stampa's US correspondent, Vittorio Zucconi, noted that President Bill Clinton ''felt he had to console a bewildered white America''. Berlin's Tagesspiegel said the trial ''was about whether whites and blacks can live together in America.''
Japanese papers, too, focused on the racial aspect. ''The people can see the real condition of a 'multi-racial state' suffering from racial confrontation and mutual distrust,'' said the Nihon Keizai.
Regular cast member Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson, is about to test TV boundaries
- 1 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Pirelli calendar 2015: The problem with 'plus-size' models like Candice Huffine
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Angelina Jolie confuses everyone with 'ay up me duck' East Midland's greeting to Derby actor Jack O'Connell at awards show
Jeff Fletcher dead: Britpop guitarist is decapitated by lorry in horrific traffic accident
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Jimmy Ruffin dead: Motown legend, who wrote 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies aged 78
New York snowstorm: Five dead and state of emergency declared as 'wall of snow' buries Buffalo
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
David Cameron 'compares Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Nazi Germany' ahead of tense meeting
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
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