On Friday, O.J. Simpson was declared guilty in a court room in Las Vegas, Nevada, of all 12 counts that he was charged with that were associated with armed robbery. This morning, O.J. is sharing breakfast with other inhabitants of the local jail. This case had centered on an armed robbery of sports memorabilia related to O.J. Simpson’s career in football. The case made headlines around the world because of the cast of characters involved in the robbery. During the trial it was a he said/he said situation. Some of those involved on both sides of the accusations have had their credibility questioned due to previous run-ins with the law. There were recordings that appeared to shed light on the actual drama behind the scenes. Of course, this case could have long lasting implications…O.J. and C.J. Stewart, his co-defendent were both found guilty and could spend the remainder of their lives in jail. They will be formally sentenced in December for their involvement in this case.
Of course, we all know of the infamous case against O.J. Simpson back in 1994 when he was accused of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, her friend and a waiter, from a local restaurant she had visited earlier in the evening. O.J. was declared not guilty of those murders in the criminal sense…but, many people never believed in his innocence. He was found to be liable for their deaths in a civil suit.
O.J. has made headlines in the news since he began his football career at USC in the 60’s. He has had a varied career since he retired from football. He was an actor, a football commentator, a business owner and an author. He wrote a very controversial book called If , I did it. This was supposedly a book of fiction surrounding the murders; and, how he would have murdered them, if he did it. There was a very intense public outcry towards the publisher of the book and the television network that were going to give it attention on their media network. In a series of events, the publisher lost out big time. Then Ron Goldman’s family sued the publisher for the rights to help satisfy O.J’s debt in the civil suit that was brought against him for being liable for the deaths of Ron and Nicole. They were able to win the rights to the book and retitle it, If, I Did It: Confessions of the Killer; and add commentary to the book.
In a life of such highs and lows…this latest development could appear to be the final chapter; however, when a person who is used to such intense attention and focus, it begins to feed a core need in that person. Even if O.J. is sentenced to life behind bars…this will not be the last you hear from him. I am sure that there will be interviews, blogs, and possibly more books all expressing his views and need to be heard and seen. Still, you can’t help but feel for those most closely aligned with Mr. Simpson…his children, his siblings and anyone who has been most closely and directly involved in his life. This is another painful chapter for them to endure.
Those who thought, that when O.J. was incarcerated, that it would bring them some closure will probably be disallusioned. He has had many issues with the law. There have been domestic police calls(regarding spouses, girlfriends & children), murder trials, fender benders and robbery. Each of those situations have had people impacted by O.J.’s choices and actions. I am sure in this situation, there will be a period of satisfaction for some, that they will feel vindicated that he is getting his due. But, i have to wonder if that part of them that feels he has “gotten away with so much”, will eventually feel empty when their opponent is no longer free to do battle with them anymore. After all, he isn’t being punnished for the issues that they feel he should have been punnished for.
Just because he is being put away in jail/prison…doesn’t mean that he is going to go away. He is a big personality. He will find a way to still get the attention that he feels bound to command. There will be interviewers who will feel duty bound to get the interview and record it for posterity. He will be incarcerated and be getting 3 meals a day, housing and medical care, all at the tax payer’s expense. Yes, he will have lost his freedom, but, he will still not give them what they want and need, total satisfaction that he is getting everything that he deserves.
Update: On Friday, October 19, 2008 The lawyers for O.J. Simpson filed a motion for a new trial because they believe that they did not get a fair trial. It was an all white jury except for one hispanic juror; that, plus two African-Americans were dismissed from the possible pool of jurors. We will see where this goes. I know that O.J.’s co-defendent wanted to have a seperate trial from O.J. because he felt that he would be lumped together with the prosecution of O.J. and that he would suffer the consequences of people who wanted to pay him back for the idea of “getting away with murder” years before.