Also another thing to remember is the jury isn't privy to all the information that we have from watching tv and reading about the story. So they had to judge based on evidence presented.
A very good point. That's another thing it had in common with the OJ trial. Jury pools in such high profile cases have to be drawn from people who are less "informed" about the case. IOW, people who have heard or read little, if anything, about it.