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Over 20 years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it had "recovered an item with possible evidentiary value related to the Brown/Goldman double homicide." (The fact that this announcement was made on Twitter, while a dramatized miniseries on the trial airs on television, demonstrates just how far removed we are from1995.)

While the discovery of a knife supposedly recovered from Simpson's former estate has piqued even more interest in the case -- after all, the murder weapon was never found -- for now it only raises more questions about the police investigation, and offers little in the way of answers. But we do know whether O.J. could face a new murder trial.

2015 seemed like the year of the white collar criminal. From crooks on Wall Street to cooked wagons to cyber-wagering, the past year gave us our fair share of villains in business suits.

But who are the most notorious white collar criminals out there today? And what does their tomorrow look like?

California Governor Pardons Robert Downey Jr. for Past Crimes

It is a Merry Christmas for Robert Downey Jr. who today was pardoned by California Governor Jerry Brown for a decades-old felony drug conviction. The move restores the movie star's voting rights, and is a reward for his good behavior and rehabilitation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Although Downey was known as a Hollywood bad-boy for his drug problems and associated arrests, he has in recent years become a symbol of respectability, playing a super hero in major movies. He applied for the pardon and is one of 91 people who were granted this governmental gift by California today.

Bill Cosby admitted to acquiring sedatives with the intent to give them to women he wanted to have sex with, according to court documents released yesterday. Cosby also admitted to giving drugs to at least one woman before sex.

The admissions came in depositions taken during a lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 2004. Under oath, Cosby conceded he had several prescriptions for Quaaludes and intended to give them to women.

Noted Florida resident, serial domestic abuser, firearm enthusiast, and neighborhood watcher George Zimmerman was apparently shot in the face during a road rage incident in Lake Mary. According to authorities, Zimmerman's injuries were minor.

Zimmerman is (in)famous as the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, and the Department of Justice recently declined to pursue criminal civil rights charges against him.

Today is Star Wars Day, so while we say May the Force (and the Fourth) Be With You, we also thought it would be fun to take a look at Darth Vader's rap sheet.

In the interested of space (pun mostly intended) and taste, we're confining our window to Episodes IV, V and VI, the unquestioned core of Star Wars canon: "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi."

Here are five of Darth Vader's most infamous crimes:

Robert Durst will be staying in jail for the foreseeable future. Now that authorities have Durst in their grasp, they aren't going to let him go any time soon.

A Louisiana magistrate denied bond, also known as bail, for Robert Durst at a bail hearing in New Orleans. Durst was arrested recently after "The Jinx," an HBO documentary, showed him allegedly confessing to killing a California woman and his wife. He was also charged with illegally owning weapons and drugs. Prosecutors argued that Durst is a flight risk, and the magistrate agreed. Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerrin, didn't put up much of a fight and did not seek bail.

When can a judge refuse to grant bail?

George Zimmerman Arrested; Denies Throwing Bottle at Girlfriend

Just when you thought it was safe to be George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of the 2013 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is back in the news.

Zimmerman was arrested and jailed on Friday for aggravated assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle toward his girlfriend -- an incident he denies. It was Zimmerman's third domestic violence-related incident since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

Friday is the 20th anniversary of the killings that led to the murder trial of former athlete and actor O.J. Simpson.

As you may recall, Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were killed June 13, 1994. O.J.'s news-breaking acquittal for their murders occurred a little more than a year later; he's currently in prison for an unrelated armed-robbery conviction.

So what legal lessons did we learn from O.J. Simpson? Looking back over the last two decades, here are five that come to mind:

Kerry Kennedy Found Not Guilty of Drugged Driving

After a five-day trial, a New York jury found Kerry Kennedy not guilty of drugged driving on Friday.

In 2012, Kennedy -- daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after she crashed into a tractor-trailer while under the influence of a sleeping pill.

Why was she found not guilty?