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Does O.J. Really Deserve It?

Posted by Krei Teylorr on December 5, 2008

I just got home from a holiday party and saw the news about O.J. I updated my previous post and then went on about my business of doing, well, nothing.

I started surfing the ‘net for sources for my next post(s), when the headline “O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 15 Years” caught my eye. You know, we journalists can’t be wrong when telling a story, so I had to read a little more to make sure I wasn’t spreading false rumors. 

Turns out, O.J. Simpson was sentenced up to 33 years in prison with the possibility of release after nine years (my story is still correct *whew*). ABCNews.com broke it down rather nicely:

Simpson, 61, was sentenced to fifteen years for kidnapping and was also sentenced to at least another three years in prison for assault. He will be eligible for parole after six years on the kidnapping charges , meaning he will be eligible for release after nine years and could serve as long as thirty-three years. –ABCNews.com

Although this sentence is a lot  better than the life sentence he was facing, I can’t help but think that the punishment really doesn’t fit the crime. I know there were weapons involved and malicious intent and a lot of  other crazy

O.J. Simpson listens as District Court Judge Jackie Glass reads his sentence at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday --Reuters/globeandmail.com)

O.J. Simpson listens as District Court Judge Jackie Glass reads his sentence at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday --Reuters/globeandmail.com

 little things the jury makes up considers when deliberating, but thirty-three years for an incident that lasted approximately six minutes?! Nah, that’s insane!

I’m sure people everywhere who agree with me will say that O.J. is being served a dual punishment for his alleged role in the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, back in ’94, and getting acquitted for it to boot. The judge knows this as well, because she stressed that she was not sentencing him for any previous actions besides those for which he was currently on trial. Uh-huh. Whatever.

You know the jury was all white? Hmm-Hmm. This seems to be shaping up to be a good ol’ fashioned story of racism. However, can we even consider racism a factor anymore? The election of Barack Obama stood as a testament to America finally moving forward from its color coded past. But, I guess it takes awhile before it can really take effect. 

Simpson’s attorneys are planning to appeal, arguing that a fair trial was nearly impossible after the 1995 murder “Trial of the Century” that left him a celebrity outcast.

Sure enough, the Goldman’s were there, happy to see “the monster behind bars”. Little consolation for them though, as they’ll never get their son back. 

Pay attention to what’s written about this topic in the next few days. I’m pretty sure the racism card will be played.

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Damn, O.J.! Damn!

Posted by Krei Teylorr on December 5, 2008

 

Simpson Awaits Sentence

Simpson Awaits Sentence

 

At 61 years old, former football star O.J. Simpson should be enjoying his retirement and old age on a compound some place warm with women less than half his age doing the things that retired celebrity bachelors do (I mean, we already know spending time with the wife and kids are out of the question). Instead, he’ll be spending apart of his golden years, maybe even the rest of them, in prison. 

Simpson will spend a minimum of six years in prison, and could be held for life if the judge imposes the maximum penalties for the 12 charges he was convicted of in October.

Life?! Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!

Simpson was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault on October 3, 2007, thirteen years after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her “friend” Ronald Goldman. Since his recent conviction, Simpson has been living in a small jail cell in the Clark County Detention center , in solitary confinement.

In court papers filed this week, defense attorney Gabe Grasso wrote that O.J. Simpson was “clearly … not using good judgment” when he led a group of men into a room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to take sports memorabilia from dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley. But Simpson deserves a lighter sentence as a first-time offender who showed no criminal intent, Grasso wrote.

“Simpson was not an individual storming a bank and taking property that belonged to others. This was an individual who truly believed he was not committing a crime and that the law permitted the recovery of one’s own property,” the memorandum read. 

I hear Ron Goldman’s family is thrilled at the possibility that Simpson is facing life, and that they will be in attendance at this afternoon’s trial. 

Stay tuned for the update!

UPDATE: O.J. Simpson has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 9 years in prison. Damn. Read the story here.

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