Los Angeles County, CA, is the most highly populated county in the country, with a population of about 10 million. The City of Los Angeles serves as the county seat, but Los Angeles County houses 88 other incorporated cities as well as numerous unincorporated areas.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court exercises jurisdiction over all cases arising under California law, while the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has jurisdiction over all federal cases. Both courts are located in the City of Los Angeles’ Civic Center. Because the City of Los Angeles and a number of prominent suburbs all lie within one county, the Los Angles County Superior Court and the Federal District Court are the busiest courts of these types in the country. The Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District and the California Supreme Court hear appeals from California state courts, while the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears appeals from federal courts.
Los Angeles County served as the forum for the much-publicized O.J. Simpson criminal trial. Simpson, who first gained notoriety as a football star and actor, was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson as well as her friend Ronald Goldman. After the longest jury trial in California history, Simpson was acquitted in 1995. Simpson’s defense attorneys raised a reasonable doubt in the jurors’ minds that the DNA and blood-sample evidence was negligently handled by lab workers. Additionally, Simpson’s defense argued that the Los Angeles Police Department engaged in misconduct, which ultimately shed doubt on their allegations.
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