October 5th, 2008 13:12 EST
Justice Finally Prevails: OJ Simpson Guilty Of Armed Robbery And Kidnapping
Thirteen years ago America was caught up in the spectacle of the OJ Simpson murder trial. The "trail of the century" was must-see TV for a nation of voyeurs, most of the central players in the trial became celebrities and household names. Even the infamous house guest, Kato Kaelin, was able to parlay his involvement in the trial into a Hollywood career.
At the time of the trial I worked in a large office and production came to a screeching halt as soon as coverage of the OJ show commenced. When folks came home, before they kissed their spouse, or inquired about the children, they discussed the latest developments in the OJ trial.
"The verdict was seen live on TV by more than half of the U.S. population, making it one of the most watched events in American TV history. Immediate reaction to the verdict was notable for its division along racial lines: polls showed that most black Americans felt that justice had been served by the "not guilty" verdict, while most white Americans did not."
Reaction to the OJ trial was divided along racial lines, African Americans rejoiced, and white Americans were left shell shocked. I`m neither black, nor white, and as an objective observer I think anyone who believes OJ is innocent is a freakin` idiot. The evidence clearly proved that OJ murdered Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. In America racial identification trumps the facts and common sense.
After his acquittal Simpson has had several brushes with the law -- affirmation that he is a low-life criminal.
"LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas -- A jury convicted O.J. Simpson of armed robbery and kidnapping late Friday night, 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.
Simpson and his codefendant, Clarence Stewart, were both convicted on all 12 counts. As the court clerk read `guilty` 24 times shortly before 11 p.m., Simpson grimaced and then nodded slightly, quickly regaining his composure. From the gallery, his sister, Carmelita Durio, wept on a friend`s shoulder.
The verdicts mean that Simpson, 61, faces a possible life sentence for a six-minute confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers last year at a down-market casino hotel. Sentencing will be Dec. 5."
It`s more than coincidence that OJ was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of double murder -- it`s poetic justice.
OJ beat the rap in a case where the facts clearly showed he was guilty of killing two innocent persons, but now he`s found guilty of armed robbery in a case where everyone, including the defendants, are low-life scum. I`m not sure that there`s proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" that OJ is guilty of armed robbery, but I couldn`t be happier that the murdering scum is finally getting a taste of justice.