As O.J. returns to court (again), the media culture he shaped still swarms

History, they say, plays the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. But what about the third time? In the O.J. Simpson case--recalling his 1995 trial and O.J. 2, its 1997 civil sequel--it became nostalgia. As the Juice and his cronies stood accused of robbing a memorabilia collector at gunpoint, the coverage--O.J. 3: What Happens in Vegas--had the misty tone of a high school reunion. My, his daughter has grown! Doesn't his girlfriend look like Nicole? "A lot of these people I know from many years ago," said Dan Abrams on MSNBC almost wistfully.

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