Saturday, October 4, 2008

Justice is (finally) served

The vast majority of Americans (i.e., those with half a brain who are not blind apologists for people of their race) fully believe that O.J. Simpson brutally murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, and got away with it in one of the worst miscarriages of justice in modern times. Late Friday, 13 years to the day after his acquittal in the murder case, Simpson was convicted in a Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery trial, and he could spend the rest of his life in prison. All I can say is, it's about time. The jurors in the Vegas case might not want to admit it, and some might not even have thought consciously about it, but the robbery case was essentially a second chance to give Simpson what most people thought he deserved those many years ago. The irony is that the latest case against Simpson was so much weaker than the murder case. Of course, there will be appeals, but one would hope that the judge in his case will deny Simpson his freedom while the appeals drag on. This is going to put a crimp in O.J.'s purported efforts to find the "real killers" of his ex-wife and her friend, but I guess we'll just have to live with that. There's an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied, but the outcome of this case should allow the Brown and Goldman families to feel that, in another city, in another time, O.J. finally got what was coming to him.



Blogger Greg said...

Great! Now the real killers will never get caught. The jurors should admit that they were voting guilty on those old murder charges not the new kidnapping and robbery charges. From the little I actually paid attention to O.J.'s new trial, I think he was innocent of the new charges. It appeared to be a case of trying to correct past mistakes.

October 4, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I may get bashed again for saying this, but O.J. is just another thug who made it out of the ghetto based on a gift from God. Unfortunately, he, like many others given the same golden opportunity, can't seem to leave the thug life behind. Well, now, I hope Simpson enjoys the fruits of his labor. Sadly, he'll be put in isolation for his own protection, blah blah blah. I hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life.

October 6, 2008 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Not every athletically gifted "thug" ends up in prison. What about financially privileged children sho end up committing crimes? Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir, is now serving his 124 year sentence for raping three women. Criminals come from all walks of life.

October 6, 2008 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, we reward high-profile athletes disproportionately for their talents, so we in some ways have ourselves to blame for the fact that OJ was found not guilty in the murder trial. As for this jury taking it upon themselves to "settle the score," i hope that they could rise above it. But who knows? Each of us battles our own demons.

October 6, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Good point, Greg. I guess it all comes from a sense of entitlement that is fostered in either the athletes or the trust fund babies from the time they're little tykes.

I can think of other examples of the wealthy going sour: Michael Skakel, the Kennedy-affiliated murderer; there is an heir to the Reynolds fortune (Reynolds Wrap) who is in jail here in Richmond for a series of rapes. If he is ever paroled here, he will stand trial in North Carolina for 14 more rapes. He said he "was bored."

October 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

There was also the case of Andrew Luster, the Max Factor cosmetics heir. He was living (partying) on a $3.1 million trust fund and had life by the ... you know ... but he developed this bad habit of slipping women GHB and raping them while they were unconscious. The idiot also videotaped his attacks, which made prosecution quite easy. Apparently he realized conviction was looming, because he skipped the country in the middle of the trial. Thanks to "Dog" Chapman, Luster was brought back to the U.S., where he is eligible for parole in 2108.

October 7, 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

And then ther is Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir. I'm just bustin' your chops Brant.

October 7, 2008 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Damn, I didn't even see that. Sorry. That creeping Alzheimer's is a bee-yatch.

October 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

It's all good. I repeated your point on your next blog entry. I chalk mine up to slow typing though. Haha!

October 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Has anyone heard of the Max Luster case? He was an heir to a fortune and a rapist too...

October 8, 2008 at 6:04 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

That does sound vaguely familiar. Wait a minute, no, I'm thinking of Andrew Luster. Completely different person.

October 8, 2008 at 10:02 AM  

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