Wednesday, December 10, 2008

OJ Simpson: Justice today for Crimes of Yesterday

I have a new post up at Global Comment

Yesterday was the culmination of the fall from grace for “The Juice.” The once beloved football star, and darling of advertising companies, was informed he would be a guest in the Nevada Penal system for a minimum of nine, to a maximum of thirty-three years by Judge Glass.

In his statement he attempted to explain his participation in the armed kidnapping, “I did not know that I was doing anything illegal. I thought that I was confronting friends and retrieving my property. So I am sorry. I am sorry for all of it,” Simpson said.

Though Judge Glass made it very clear that she was sentencing him for this crime, and not the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman; however one could not help but be cognizant of the fact that his conviction in this instance occurred exactly 13 years to the day of his acquittal in their deaths.

The Goldman family has been relentless in their pursuit for justice despite the not guilty verdict. They clearly saw the December 5th sentencing as divine retribution even though it did not find Simpson culpable for the death of Ronald Goldman.

“It’s kind of a bittersweet moment knowing that that S.O.B. is going to be in jail for a very long time,” said Fred Goldman, the father of Ron Goldman.

“He’ll never change, and he’s going to stay in jail for a very long time,”
he said, before adding: “There is never closure. Ron is always gone.”

Clearly, even though he was pronounced not guilty of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, many people still feel that he got away with murder. There is a sense of relief for many that OJ will be spending many years behind bars.

This raises the issue of whether or not this notorious ex football star received a fair trial. It is supposed to be a trial by a jury of his peers, and yet except for two alternate jurors, the jury was comprised entirely of white people. This is problematic, as in the original trial for the murder of his ex wife and Ronald Goldman, there was a huge divide between whites and the African American community regarding his guilt or innocence.

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