Friday, December 05, 2008

OJ Simpson - Justice Served?

Most of us can remember that slow motion car chase with his white bronco back in 1994. I was pregnant with my son and remember watching that and the "trial of the century." Sad commentary on life in the USA at that time. The HUGE difference in opinion, based mainly on the skin color of the person asked. He was found innocent of brutally slaughtering his ex-wife and her friend, but he was later found guilty during a civil trial.

He should have stayed in the shadows after that. His life was ruined. Nobody wanted to touch him. Now he's back in a courtroom and has been found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery. Today is the sentencing. I'm glued to TruTV to see if Nicole and Ron will finally find some justice. I imagine I'm not the only one.

UPDATE: He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and has to serve at least 7 1/2 years before he can be considered for parole. Do you think it was enough for what he did? I feel sorry for his daughter, but he should have received much more.

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Blogger Reader Wil said...

Everybody at the time believed that he was guilty of slaughtering his ex-wife and her friend. I hope he will get what he deserves.

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Good Life in Virginia said...

hope so...he was so guilty and that whole trial was such a travsity of justice. i was so upset that he was not convicted...
still makes me fume.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

Justice finally done. I hope it gives some comfort to his murdered ex wife's family.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Leedra said...

His story is a big name gone bad. Happens way too much! So glad he didn't get away with this one too.

1:31 PM  
Blogger maryt/theteach said...

I don't know Gretchen. I think he was given the sentence this time because he got away with it the first time. Thanks for commenting at my blog about Hootin'Anni's beautiful blog! :)

1:54 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

I felt he should have been convicted the first time. He's a thug and this conviction proves it. I only wish it would have been more.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Ladyinpink1 said...

All in God's timing....thanks for visiting my blog via skywatch...K

3:06 PM  
Blogger dot said...

He didn't get enough time. I could say a lot more but I might offend someone. Thanks for visiting my blog!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Babs (Beetle) said...

Seven and a half years will soon pass but the poor people he killed, he killed forever! I believe that justice will eventually be served. One way or another.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

Are you kidding me? I think he should have been served a life term way back for the murder trial! 15 years is probably a good time for his action this time, but still not what I think he should have received for the murder trial!!! The country is rid of a man that was guilty long ago.

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4:23 PM  
Blogger Sioux said...

You're right. The first trial was a joke! 7 1/2 years for robbery and kidnapping AND murder...of course it's too light a sentence!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Good,now he can sit in jail and think about "if" he did it.

5:06 PM  
Blogger bitingmidge said...

I'm happy to be the odd one out here.

I thought the place to get a fair trial was in court. The media has painted whatever picture it wants to sell newspapers, and created a vast swell of public opinion.

If you don't believe that, may I ask how many of you were present for the entire trial, and how many of you saw EXACTLY the same material that the judge and jury saw?

If you don't like your system of justice, wrongfully convicting someone, or convicting someone when there is an element of doubt is not a way to fix it.

Go out an lobby politicians, be angry at your system, but don't take it out on ANY person who the system has let off. That's what lynch mobs do!

(My Saturday thoughts - not intended to cause offence!)

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

5:25 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

I'm glad he's finally getting some jail time but definitely not as much as he deserves. So arrogant to go on living the way he did after what he put those poor people and their families through.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

If I never here his name again. . . .

5:46 PM  
Blogger BeeDancer said...

I couldn't be more pleased...I was working in the kitchen of the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta the day the verdict came in...I was a)the only white person in the kitchen that day...and b)the only one there that thought it was a total miscarriage of justice

I am, on some level, happy that he will most likely end his days in prison

6:24 PM  
Blogger Salty said...

I must admit that I am glad to see him found guilty and sentenced to real time. He was not being tried for murder this time and it seems to me that the sentence fits the crime for what he did; this time.

Our legal system frequently puts murders and rapist etc. back on the street. The ability to afford top notch attorneys certainly improves the chance of a not guilty verdict for the accused. Juries are asked to decide guilt based upon whether there is a “reasonable doubt”. The use of this criteria helps limit the mistakes made convicting innocent persons and at the same time allows some criminals to walk.

Did OJ actually commit murder? I don’t think any of us really knows, but I do know that I much prefer to live in a country where it takes a court and jury of citizens to decide our fate when accused of a serious crime.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Afanja said...

It was on the news in the Netherlands tonight that het was sentenced to 15 years with a minimum of 7,5 years. I don't know enough about his crimes, but from what I've heard and seen of it, I think he should go to jail for quite a time.

OT: The story at my weblog was about St. Nicholas. 5 december we celibrate his birthday with presents and poëms, specially for the children. At the picture and in the movie I played the thankful roll of St. Nicholas.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Country Girl said...

I don't mean to sound overly religious but he will get what he deserves, in the end.
Good post.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Fly said...

very nice blog..congratulation

10:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Honestly, people like that should just be shot. Our society would be better off. Could you imagine if someone slaughtered someone you knew...seriously, our court systems are too lienient!

11:40 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Oh no! If he goes to jail that means he cannot continue to look for the murderer of his wife! OJ, what a loser. There's racial equity for you and being judged by a jury of truly your peers. In America the only racists are white people, no one else, you know what I mean?

1:18 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

OMG, I missed that one, or they didn't talk very much about it here in Belgium. I remember this shameful trial where it was proved again that if you have money there is no justice. He can put himself on diet now, he became real fat ! Disgusting guy !

1:28 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Gretchen! Yes I remember the slow car chase. I was watching 'Picket Fences' when they interrupted this show and every other show on TV.

I am glad that he got jail time for this crime. Lisa

7:30 AM  
Blogger Live said...

I remember that chase too - we'd just arrived in El Paso - and it was SO BRIGHT. We stayed in our motel room and watched. Glad it's done. He should stay behind bars for a bit longer than 7.5 years though! (

8:45 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

A joke that I heard: If your kidnapping and armed robbery trial is your BORING trial, your life is definitely screwed up!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Kahshe Cottager said...

This has been such a tragedy for all involved in his life. No sentence can ever compensate for that but I hope that it will finally bring some closure to them.

I can not believe the smirk on his face in this photo.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Rambling Woods said...

I loved seeing the sob in chains..

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12:38 PM  
Blogger Tash said...

Yup - remember that chase well. He's a lunatic but should be a convicted, committed lunatic.

My son is 14 today. How interesting that yours is 14 also.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Chrisss said...

Justice might have been delayed but I believe it has finally be served.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Snowbird said...

I must admit that I was hoping for the maximum sentence. As someone commented here, we don't really know if he committed murder or not but it would seem that most people believe he did--me included. I got so tired of seeing the smug look (as in the picture on your blog) and then he is so repentant in court saying over and over "I'm sorry" as if that would heal everything.

BTW, I love your blog and am bookmarking it. I will be back.

11:40 AM  
Blogger NAVAL LANGA said...

To Ms. Gretchen

You are heartily welcome to my blogspace. I would be regularly visiting your blog, as it has interested me.

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11:06 PM  

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