Friday, December 5, 2008
So, they finally got their man. OJ Simpson was sentenced today and will do at least 9 years in prison for killing his....oops.
No, OJ Simpson is going to jail for at least 15 years for...what exactly? OJ thought some people took his property. OJ got strapped and went after them. Those guys just happened to have video cameras, tape recorders, a live blog, a court stenographer, etc to record all the events that occurred. OJ is taken to court and found guilty. OJ is sent packing for a LONG time.
Before I go any further, let me clearly state I don't have any sympathy for the Juice. OJ turned his back on the community a long time ago. A friend mentioned how it surprised him that everyone in the black community has basically shrugged its shoulders about OJ's legal problems given the reaction to his first acquital. I explained to them that the reaction to the first acquital was more about beating the system than any true concern for OJ. Also, I think the majority of OJ's street cred was coming from Cochran and not him. So no, no one really cares that the brother is going down now.
So why I am writing about it? I can't get past the stench of all this. This verdict is pretty blatant revenge for OJ walking the first time around. While I can even understand him getting some jail time, he could do up to 33 years for his "crimes." That's just insane.
I just can't imagine that anyone other than OJ with no prior convictions would be sentenced to that kind of hard time.
Getting back at someone for being found innocent of previous crime isn't something new, but it's not something I can go along with. Cochran mopped the floor with the LA District Attorney's office and OJ was found innocent. Period. End of story.
Or at least it should have been. Not excusing OJ because he shouldn't have handled the situation like that, but come on. At least 15 years over some football cards?
This verdict and sentencing was all about revenge on this guy for being found innocent of a crime. Decisions like this should be frowned upon no matter who is at the receiving end of it.