How Famous Acquitted Defendants Spent Their Post-Trial Lives

Going through a high profile court trial can be a nightmare for everyone involved, but they're especially trying for the defendants.

And when the media goes out of their way to paint a defendant as guilty it can be mighty hard to shake off the stigma of guilt, even when they're acquitted of all charges.

But there's another thing many famous acquitted defendants have in common besides this stigma- bankruptcy.

Casey Anthony was made (in)famous by her 2011 court trial, and has therefore tried to stay out of the spotlight, but debt has a way of finding you no matter where you hide- Casey filed for bankruptcy in 2013 claiming she owes three quarters of a million dollars in liabilities.

Robert Blake was a huge Hollywood star before he was accused of murdering his wife in 2001, and although he was found not guilty of murder he was ordered to pay $30 million to his wife's children in 2005, which caused him to file for bankruptcy in 2006.

Blake was recently spotted signing autographs at a memorabilia show, but that's hardly going to earn him tens of millions of dollars, so chances are he'll spend the rest of his life in debt.

But how about OJ Simpson, the (arguably) most famous acquitted murderer in the history of the American legal system?

While OJ's not technically bankrupt (morally maybe but not financially) he's probably going to spend the rest of his life in Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center- where he's currently serving a 33 year sentence for armed robbery.

See How 9 Famous Acquitted Defendants Spent The Rest Of Their Lives at mental_floss

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