AMID all the hoopla surrounding O.J. Simpson's acquittal, it is far too easy to forget the cause of his trial: two brutal murders in which Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were almost decapitated, murders for which no one will ever be brought to justice since the Los Angeles District Attorney's office refuses to reopen the case. Mr Simpson seems to have forgotten his post-acquittal pledge that his 'primary goal in life' would be to find the 'real' killer. The football legend said nothing of this, in an interview with CNN's Larry King yesterday. Neither he nor his legal 'dream team' show any interest in naming alternative suspects. Some jurors admit that they had their doubts about Mr Simpson's innocence but felt this was not enough to convict. Indeed, criminal law rightly demands a very high standard of proof before the state deprives anyone of life or liberty - and so the jury's verdict that the prosecution had not met this has to be respected. But it would have been much better had the jurors reached their decision in a calmer atmosphere. In other common-law countries, the speculation and hype surrounding the trial would have constituted contempt of court. The US alternative of allowing the speculation but sequestering the jurors to try to prevent them hearing it has been proved a failure by the undue haste with which they reached a verdict, so as to escape confinement. In such trials in the future, sequestering jurors for so long can no longer be an option. It must be hoped that the US legal system will take the chance to learn from the mistakes in this case - a case where, at least for the two murder victims, justice has not been done.