O.J. Simpson was acquitted 20 years ago Saturday -- here's what the trial's key players are doing now

Twenty years ago today, many Americans were shocked when a jury acquitted O.J. Simpson of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Despite two decades having passed, many people still obsess over the case and whether Simpson, a former NFL player, was guilty of stabbing his ex and her friend to death.

The drama of the televised trial unfolded in Americans’ living rooms — including the scene where Simpson tried on a glove that supposedly belonged to the killer. Of course, it didn’t fit.

Many of the star players in the Simpson trial are still trotted out to weigh in on current court cases, including the trial of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of “culpable homicide” for killing his girlfriend.

Other lawyers involved in the Simpson case have taken strikingly different routes, devoting their lives to helping to exonerate innocent people.

You might not have heard some of these names in a while. Here’s what the stars of the O.J. Simpson trial are up to today.

O.J. Simpson defence lawyer Robert Shapiro turned away from criminal law. He's now a civil litigator and founder of Legal Zoom.

AP Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
In this May 3, 2013, file photo, attorney Robert Shapiro arrives at the 20th annual Race to Erase MS event, 'Love to Erase MS,' at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Robert Shapiro, a defence lawyer for O.J. Simpson, was portrayed unfavorably in Jeffrey Toobin's book 'The Run of His Life: The People v. OJ Simpson.' According to Toobin, Shapiro thought Simpson was guilty from the beginning of the trial.

Shapiro would reportedly tell friends, 'Of course he did it,' according to a New York Times review of Toobin's book.

Since the Simpson trial, Shapiro turned to civil law and represents high-profile corporate clients including Rockstar Energy Drink and Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts Ltd. He's also a founder of LegalZoom, which helps people create their own legal documents.

Defence attorney F. Lee Bailey is now longer allowed to practice law.

AP Images
F. Lee Bailey.

When he was brought onto the O.J. Simpson case, F. Lee Bailey was already famous for representing Patty Hearst -- the heiress who came to symbolise Stockholm syndrome.

Unlike other members of Simpson's defence team, Bailey claimed to be convinced of his client's innocence years after the trial.

He's had a somewhat rocky legal career since Simpson's acquittal.

Bailey was disbarred in Massachusetts and Florida for allegedly mishandling $US6 million worth of stock for a client, the Associated Press reported. He later moved to Maine but was denied a law licence there, too. He now has a consulting firm there.

O.J. Simpson is in prison again -- and not getting out anytime soon.

O.J. Simpson at his October 2008 sentencing.

While O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995, he ended up going to prison in 2008 anyway for armed robbery.

Simpson -- who was convicted of stealing sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room -- recently asked for a new trial on the grounds that he allegedly got terrible legal advice. Last month, Nevada's Supreme Court rejected his appeal seeking a new trial.

Simpson, now 68, is serving a nine- to 33-year term, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Fred Goldman, the father of the man Simpson allegedly killed, said in 2008 that he was 'thrilled' that Simpson was finally being put behind bars, according to the Associated Press.

'It was satisfying seeing him in shackles like he belongs,' Goldman said.

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.