Funny thing ... the Simpson case was the one that really brought home to me the existence of the anti-Sharptons.<quoted text>
There was a big difference between Simpson and Zimmerman, specifically in the juries. In the Simpson case you had a mostly black jury and there was no way they were going to convict Simpson. You had one jurist give the black power salute in the courtroom as he walked out after the verdict was read and you had the jury forewoman say on camera, "We've got to take care of our own," after the verdict was read.
You know - the people determined to make the case about race to the exclusion of evidence or the law.
If you have a defendant on trial on two counts of murder and one of the primary investigators (already proven a liar) takes the 5th amendment when asked if he planted evidence - you're not going to get a conviction in California, period.