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Saturday, October 4, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

So, you manage to get off on a double homicide and end up spending a lot of time “looking for the real killer” on the golf course.

So, what do you do? You manage to get yourself thrown in jail over sports memorabilia.

As the commercial says: priceless.

Via the BBC: OJ Simpson convicted of robbery

OJ Simpson has been found guilty on 12 charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to kidnap and assault with a deadly weapon by a court in the US city of Las Vegas.

The former US football star and actor was accused of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers a year ago.

The armed robbery charges carry a mandatory jail sentence, and kidnapping carries a possible life term.

Sheer genius.

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5 Comments »

  1. Only our legal system could aquit Simpson of butchering his wife and instead imprison him for stealing sports memorabilia.

    If I didn’t see verdicts of both sorts every week, I’d be in tears over what has become of the rule of law in this country. Sadly I see it all the time and have become a little numb, if inwardly angry and spiteful.

    Most of the judges in our country should be thrown off the bench in disgrace.

    Comment by Western Man — Saturday, October 4, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  2. Only our legal system could aquit Simpson of butchering his wife and instead imprison him for stealing sports memorabilia.

    Sadly, yes.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Saturday, October 4, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  3. WM,
    Just curious, are judges in your area appointed or elected? (not speaking of Federal of course)

    And do you know many people who have - on an informed basis - voted to elect, retain or not retain judges if that option is open to them?

    I think it’s tough to keep up with this stuff. And I’m friends with a number of lawyers. I personally would never vote one way or another (judges are elected here in ILLINOIS) unless I was informed.
    Not to excuse MY ignorance - but unless it makes the headlines how often is one exposed to how a particular judge conducts court?

    And when the local Bar association makes a recommendation how many voters pay attention?

    In short, on a state level, there often is a means of removing judges - but how often do the voters care enough to learn who should go?

    Comment by RandyB — Sunday, October 5, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

  4. hey, do you remember back in the day when i was the only white guy alive who believed that oj was innocent? and do you remember how we’d go on and on about it?

    how could you stand me?

    you know, being so dead wrong and all.

    Comment by mbailey@berry.edu — Monday, October 6, 2008 @ 3:58 am

  5. I only vaguely remember arguing over that one.

    I do distinctly remember being on campus the day of the verdict and going over to The Drag to get some lunch and hearing the verdict over the radio and some guy (a white guy, in fact) tossing up his arms in the air and going “woo-hoo!”

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, October 6, 2008 @ 9:23 am

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