NV vs. Simpson – The Verdict
Posted by thedarwinexception on October 4, 2008
Guilty Guilty Guilty.
I was going to write last night after the verdict came in, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it all, so I wanted to sleep on it.
Well, that and we were watching “Iron Man” and I had to pause the damned movie to come and watch the verdict, and I wanted to finishing watching the movie before I sat here and typed out a whole post.
But I guess OJ isn’t Iron Man, is he?? (And the movie was pretty good.)
And sleeping on it didn’t help one bit, either. I’m still conflicted. I think I would have made an excellent juror for this case, because I really did have an open mind, and I really did want to see OJ tried on THIS case and THIS case only. In fact, I watched all the testimony (several times, ugh) and I heard the closing arguments (several times) and I was still sort of “deliberating” in my head, and hadn’t really made a decision when the jury came back. (And thanks to everyone who e-mailed me when it was announced that the jury had reached a verdict – all 133 of you. Good God.)
On the One Hand: OJ killed Ron and Nicole, and who deserves to be in jail more than him? But that’s not what he was on trial for, is it? (Although he kind of was on trial for that, wasn’t he?) And yes, he probably didn’t know that what he was doing was essentially armed robbery, and it kind of was a “dispute among friends”, and I can believe he asked for guns to be there, but I could be convinced he didn’t. And if you look at the law, without taking the rest of the evidence in the case into consideration – just a straight up reading of the statutes, he was surely guilty.
On the Other Hand: Who gets life in prison for an altercation like this? And I’m still pissed that the guys who actually brought the guns didn’t get anything and the guy who set the whole thing up got immunity. And to anyone who says “Yes, but OJ brought GUNS into a HOTEL ROOM and ROBBED people”, well, I still say, “If that’s what this was about – then why aren’t the gunmen in jail?” And yes, DA’s make deals with gunmen all the time to get the “big fish”, but why was OJ the “big fish?” Because he’s OJ or because he was the “mastermind”? Because he really WASN’T the mastermind in this case – one could argue that Tom Riccio was the mastermind.
And I really feel the most sympathy for CJ Stewart – I truly don’t think he was guilty of much in this case, and did get a lot of “spillover” from OJ. But I’m not too worried about him, I’m quite sure his case will get reversed on appeal – even if he only argues the whole “severance” issue. And being tried the next time without OJ and the cameras can only help his cause.
And maybe he won’t get Judge Glass – she of the raging histrionics and over the top judicial editorial commentary. Too bad we couldn’t have had Judge Bonaventure for the trial as well as the preliminary hearing. He was a much better (and much more composed) judge. But I can’t imagine too many judges being *less* composed than Judge Glass…..
I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to continue to deliberate over the weekend. The lawyers had a sort of mini press conference, hopefully we’ll hear something from the jurors. I’d love to know what their thought process was, what they actually deliberated over, if they threw out the tapes as evidence (as I did in my own head – you can’t understand a fucking thing on those tapes.) if they actually read over the jury instructions (I’m thinking they really couldn’t have read and understood them all – there was even a couple that conflicted with each other), and why they thought Stewart was guilty of anything. So I’ll be looking forward to the first juror’s book in the case. I’m thinking it should be called “How I put OJ away for murdering Ron and Nicole, Oops – I mean…..Robbery and Kidnapping.”
Sentencing will be the first week of December. That should be interesting, as well. Some of the charges OJ and Stewart were found guilty of were ones that their former co-defendants got probation for – let’s see if OJ and Stewart get probation for those charges, as well.
But, in the end, I guess this verdict was good for everyone. For those who thought he was guilty in Vegas – he was found guilty and is going to jail. For those who thought he was guilty of killing Ron and Nicole, well, consider this a verdict that just came 13 years too late. Of course, if you think that he wasn’t guilty in either case, well, that just sucks for you. (And why would you think he *didn’t* kill Ron and Nicole?? I never could understand people who thought he was innocent in that case).