OJ Guilty!

by Diane Dimond on October 4, 2008

I wondered if I would ever see this day. I’m glad I lived to see it. 13 years after his double murder acquittal and after 13 hours of juror deliberation – GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY.

As I recently wrote (see column below: OJ Simpson’s Baggage – Sept 20, 08) I’ve been reporting on the exploits of Orethal James Simpson since that day in June 1994 when I stood in the blood of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.

With his trusty, longtime defense attorney Yale Galanter at his side Simpson had maintained to a Las Vegas jury that it was okay for him to burst into a hotel room with a group of goons with guns and take back his memorabilia. And I’m sure deep in his heart he believes that. It was not an act – Simpson truly believes the world is out to get him and that he can operate under a different set of rules. He likely never thought that when he burst in and barked out the command that “No body leaves this room,” that that constitutes kidnapping. Kidnapping was one of the dozen charges Simpson was found guilty of committing.

Part of me says, “Finally! Justice has caught up with him.” What I really mean by that is that he’s finally going to be where he should have been 13 years ago after he murdered Nicole and Ron. But make no mistake about it. OJ Simpson is not going to prison for that. He’s going to prison because his escapade in that Vegas hotel room was caught on both audio and video tape and this time there was just no talking his celebrity way out of it.

I guess it doesn’t matter why he’s in prison. After his December 5th sentencing we may learn he’s in for what amouts to a life sentence. But if I’m the family of Nicole or Ron Goldman I’m not sure I’m feeling satisfied or particularly victorious.

There will be an appeal and as I predicted it will likely be based, in part, on the make-up of the all-white jury.

So be it. For now it feels good to say, “Mr. Simpson, meet Lady Justice…..”
~ DD

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Lyn October 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm

All I can say is it;s about bloody time! He deserves to rot in hell for what he has done…and yes I am sure we are all thinking of this time 13 years ago when that b*****d walked! Diane, I know his lawyer is going to appeal, if that is successful, what do you think will happen??? BTW, I had TruTV on yesterday at lunch and all I heard was the judge telling Simpson’s lawyer to sit down and shut up!! He was rather irritating to say the least. However, in regards to this case, the tapes “speak” for themselves – I even saw him look at his lawyer when the “effing and blinding” was being listened to. The swearing was disgusting…..bleep, bleep, bleep. He is such a horrible man and yes, justice FINALLY is served! Amen!

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Lyn – I thought it was interesting to watch the judge in this case. She’s a former TV reporter/anchor. In the beginning I thought she was wrong in rushing through the jury selection process. I thought she was making the same mistake as happened in the Michael Jackson case. The feeling that its just like another case, let’s seat a jury in the same way. But as everyone knows celebrity cases are different, complete with some jurors who just want a seat at the table because of the bragging rights (maybe book rights) it will bring them.
In the end, I guess this judge was right! ~DD

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Janet Turner October 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Lyn,
This is one time I will be glad to eat my words about him getting off.

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Janet Turner October 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Maybe they can put him in a cell with Scot Peterson….he thought he was innocent too. They can swap stories about the injustices done to them.

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Dan "Danno" Hanks October 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Diane: When I worked with you at Hard Copy I investigated dozens of murders. Later, over at “A Current Affair”, I worked for 18 months on the O J case. I got to see, as most reporters did, the evidence that never reached the eyes & ears of the jury. And to me, it was a no brainer then. Just like it is a no brainer now. O J was guilty then, and he is guilty now.

Having spent 6 years behind prison bars myself, mingleing with murderers, I got to know the mindset of a killer.

Having spent time undercover with O J in Florida, I got to know the man for what he truly is. a person who just believes that the laws do not apply to him. He is now going to feel some of the pain and suffering that he has inflicted on others. The prison population, unlike the the rest of the world, won’t be so forgiving. Unless he spends his entire sentence in protective custody, he will have to watch his back for the rest of his life………… Dan “Danno” Hanks

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Danno –
I’ve reached out to prison wardens to ask what sort of living arrangements OJ will face. Nothing definative yet – but it seems until his sentencing he’ll be in a solitary cell. It is after that I wonder about. That is when his well being might be in question.
Remember what happened to Jeffrey Dahmer. ~DD

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Polly Franks October 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Diane, you’re right. The guilty verdict wasn’t about Ron and Nicole, nor should it have been. However, what the O.J. Simpsons of this world always fail to remember is that you simply cannot EVER out run Karma; not with a dream team of lawyers, not with a pack of misguided and adoring hangers-on, not even in a white Bronco.

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 7:51 pm

As a wise person once said, Polly – Karma – its a bitch.
I do wonder and worry about OJ’s children though. First they lost their mother, now their father.
~DD

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Julie October 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm

You bring up a really good point Diane. I have been dancing around celebrating the fall of OJ and I haven’t even thought about the children. Terribly sad for them and they have every right to blame him for both losses. He is solely responsible for their pain and suffering. D-Are you close enough to his case to know if the kids have a good support sytem?

Now, my comment to OJ – “According to Martha, you can bake a mean apple in the commissary microwave. I’ll also give you a little free advice, Juice – Don’t drop the soap.”

- Julie P

PS – Diane I am thoroughly enjoying your column, great work! Love it! :)

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm

FACEBOOK Friend Kristi writes:
“That SOB should fry in hell — I hope he rots while he is some guys “bitch””

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:23 pm

FACEBOOK friend Gudoink writes:
Hey Diane! how are you?
What a trip, on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal, he gets convicted in this clown car of a case. what a bizarre world we live in.

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm

FACEBOOK friend Jonathan writes:
“Diane, great article on your site about the latest in that oj trial. I wonder what the hotel managers at that Las Vegas property are thinking back-of-house as a result of it. It’s an unpleasant reality that even incidents like that had to happen in a hotel, where people pay lots of money for privacy, with a safe and comfortable experience.”

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Readers: Can you tell Gudoink is in the hotel/hospitality business?
~ DD

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm

FACEBOOK Friend Steve writes:

“The hotel key didn’t fit — they must acquit! He was not guilty! He should get a new trial. At least, please let him try the glove on again. If it fits him, then he should be found guilty on all charges. If it does not, he did not burglarize or kidnap anybody. He is a very calm, well mannered professional. I recently went out on with him and his beautiful African American girlfriend as well as Michael Jackson and his girlfriend. They are just misunderstood. Next, you will say Caylee Anthony’s mom, Casey, a very mature young lady, murdered her daughter. No way. Just because there is proof a dead body was in the trunk of her car, it was another body, this is why Casey is still a free woman. As she should be – it was another person’s body, not her daughter’s!”

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Lyn October 5, 2008 at 10:51 am

Steve …you are one of the FEW and I mean FEW people that actually thinks this guy is innocent?????? How can you possibly say that?? Did you listen to the tapes by chance??? If not, then please do! He is also a disgusting human being….cursing every other word. Wow, that;s impressive isn;t it?? You are welcome to go out to dinner with him…he is the last person in the world I would eat dinner with….are you watching the same stuff everyone else is? However, you have a right to your opinion, as we all do but God…..innocent???? As for Casey Anthony, it’s just a matter of time. Another persons body?? God, you sound just like Cindy Anthony…..denial is the word. I suppose you believe the comments about the squirrels too….give me a break!!!!

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Lyn -
I think Steve is attempting sarcasm there. I don’t think he’s really serious! ~DD

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Michael October 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm

How disgusting did you think Mark Furman was and is? Some CTV reporters actually thought he was attractive and charming. Interesting. Perspective is the real “bitch” as is the inabilty to see it from any other point of view but your own.

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Lyn October 5, 2008 at 10:55 am

PS..what’s mature about Casey Anthony?????

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Don D. from Albuquerque writes:

I think Simpson is slime. The predominately black jury went for jury nullification as they didn’t want to convict a famous brother.

Simpson’s and those sycophants who surround him say they are still looking for the real killer. Right. If an investigative journalist or detective were to find incontrovertable proof that someone other than Simpson killed Nicole Brown, they’d have book and movie offers that would make them wealthy beyond belief. And what has happened? We both know, NOTHING. The killer is OJ.

I hope they make the prison sentences run consecutively.

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Don:
OJ is now 61 years old. Two of the felony charges were for kidnapping, very serious stuff in the eyes of the law. He could very well get a sentence that, in effect, makes it a life term. ~DD

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ADRIAN MCMANUS October 4, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Well finally some Intelligent Jurors stood up and put OJ where he belongs, in the slammer!!!!!!! It’s not as if his children are little like they were, when their mother was taken away from them to begin with. Poor Ron, didn’t have a chance at life either, taken from his family. I actually think the children are better off with out him. Those children didn’t deserve to go through that mess either. To hear the remark that OJ made about putting his children through College, and not being able to see them graduate is so pathetic !!! Those children don’t need him around to distroy their lives anymore. If I were one of them children , I think I would finally realize the truth about my father. At least now , the kids can be surrounded by good family , who will help them to live a good life. I am so glad these Intelligent Jurors, looked at OJ as a regular person, and didn’t want his Autograph. Thank God, they didn’t sit and wink at him , nor his family, like the Ignorant Jurors in the Michael Jackson Trial.

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Readers: Adrian McManus was one of the prosecution witnesses in the Michael Jackson case. She had worked at Neverland as his personal master bedroom maid for many years. ~ DD

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Polly Franks October 7, 2008 at 10:51 am

Poor Adrian! Talk about a “Job from Hell.” That’ll give you nightmares!

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ADRIAN MCMANUS October 9, 2008 at 12:13 am

Ya Polly Franks, that job was from Hell alright!! My boss was Pan, the man who was part goat!! Oh then again he was Peter Pan too! Lets not forget that! I am still trying to figure out what God wanted me to learn from that Nightmare In Hell . You know ,when I was young, I use to have this repeated dream, of being left in this big house with alot of rooms , dark rooms, I couldn’t find the lights . In that repeated dream the house had a balcony, where I would stand, and watch my parents leave with out me . Then one day as I was cleaning that area , in Mr. Jacksons home I realized my dream. I should of jumped off the balcony!!!!!Adrian

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Diane October 4, 2008 at 11:41 pm

FACEBOOK Friend Levi writes:
Diane, too bad O.J. cannot look for the real killer while he is in JAIL! I think I’m gonna cry! ::rolls eyes::

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Tony Annyschyn October 5, 2008 at 2:05 am

OJ got what he deserved,he has nobody to blame but himself.His ego and stupidity was his downfall…he had it all,and now it is gone.Nobody should feel any sympathy towards him…PERIOD. At his age (early 60′s),even a 15-year sentence is literally a “life” sentence…he’ll likely die in prison.

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tony October 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

the glove did not fit but oj is still a piece of sh#t!!!
justice is finally served

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Tony –
Ahhhhh. Even Johnny Cochran, rest his soul, might laugh at that! ~DD

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:48 am

FACEBOOK Friend Jeralyn writes:
“How many years for OJ you asked? I’d give him probation and home detention and make him take an anger managment course. He’s no criminal. What he will get: Probably 10 to 15. I’ve found 4 grounds for appeal in 2 days, I’m sure there must be more. Can we fight about this soon, it would be so fun.”

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Readers: Jerayln Merritt is an esteemed defense attorney who I’m sure many of you have seen on TV in her role as legal pundit. I have great respect for her but as she knows we often come down on opposite sides of an arguement. Bring it on, Jeralyn! I’d love to debate you on this one.

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:50 am

FACEBOOK Friend Barbara Jane writes:
“An eye for an eye….I have found it quite interesting if somewhat tragic, that both Johnny Cochran and Robert Khardashian have not lived to see this. I personally cannot forget the looks upon their faces when the first verdict was read. Did they sleep at night for the next years until their deaths? One cannot say, but one wonders. Interestingly, I had planned a career in criminal law but decided I could not live with myself, defending perpetrators. Here in Canada our criminal system is a travesty – a neighbor, who is a doctor, has a son called Andrew. The kid crasehd a new year’s party a few years ago with pals. He refused to leave, then went into the kitchen of the house the party was at and grabbed a knife. He then stabbed the kid who told him to leave at least 7 times. As he had just turned 18 that very night, the young killer, named Andrew Mair was tried in youth court. He served only 3 years and is now free…drives a new Subaru Forester which his father bought for him.
“and plans to return to university and life. Meanwhile, the family of the boy Andrew killed were so traumatized that they moved from here (W. Canada) all the way to Australia. The boy who did the murder is out again playing street hockey and so on. As for OJ – there clearly is no conscience there…. a sociopath such as Andrew Mair and other henious crinminals including Canadian killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. She, too, is now free…if you have heard of that case you will she was involved in the rape and murder of her own sister by Bernardo – it was reprehensible to me. OJ should spend life in prison though in any case, he will linger there awhile.”

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Lyn October 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Wow Barbara…..and I thought the US system was s**t! That is so unbelievable that this guy walked after 3 years and daddy bought him a new car. I get so angry thinking about stuff like this that I just want to hack.

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:50 am

FACEBOOK friend Tony writes:
“OJ got what he deserved…his ego and stupidity was his downfall.He had it all,and now it is gone.Anyone who feels any sort of sympathy to him is full of beans!”

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:51 am

FACEBOOK Friend Butch writes:

“Life, no parole, at least.”

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CGQJ October 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm

An armed robbery on September 13.
A 13 day trial.
Jury deliberations for 13 hours.
Convicted precisely 13 years after a double murder acquittal.

13 years too late — but better late than never.

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Lyn October 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Well saidTony….Steve if you were being sarcastic as Diane stated, then I apologize…if you were being serious…then I don’t!! LOLOLOL. That way I am convered now! I would love to hear what Wendy Murphy has to say about all this…..Diane..is she a friend of yours??? I think she responded to a column a few weeks ago…WENDY..if you are around, what do you think?

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:27 pm

FACEBOOK Friend Melonie writes:

“What a verdict!!! I was convinced he would walk again. Yale Galanter is a phenomenal attorney. His cross examinations are FIERCE! However, not even Yale could stop fate from catching up with OJ.”

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Internet friend Bob B. writes
Let’s hope we go for 2 for 2 and they put michael jackson behind bars for tax evasion or some other charge!

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ADRIAN MCMANUS October 6, 2008 at 1:39 am

Hey lets just hope for Michael Jackson he straightens out his life!! he needs to find a nice girl!!! lol !! no monkeys please!! I can’t take no more of changing the diapers of his lil pals.!!! No more trouble for him! he needs to get a real grip on Reality!! I would prefer I am never called apond again , when it comes to Michael Jackson !! EVER EVER EVER! if there ever is a Next time I will be gone some where in the SWAMPS . Don’t bother looking for me no More!! As Nancy Grace once said, that poor maid !!!!!!!!! Had to pick up Monkey doo doo. The End

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Sarah Richards January 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

I think Adrian is being facetious about the girl!

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:29 pm

Internet friend Barbara K. writes:

I will vote…. nope not OJ . He is finally down and hope he is in there forever.

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Diane October 5, 2008 at 11:29 pm

FACEBOOK Friend Cherry writes:

“On OJ…It couldn’t have happened to “a nicer guy” what I call poetic justice! :)”

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Tony Annyschyn October 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Now that OJ has been convicted,I think the next step at some point is to remove him from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Keeping him there would discredit the Hall and all those who were enshrined.His conduct off the field must be taken into consideration…and removal would be justified.

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Diane October 6, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Tony –
Can that happen? Has there ever been anyone ever REMOVED from a Hall of Fame before? ~ DD

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Diane October 6, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Tony answers:
“The only way I see OJ being removed is either a) the Hall of Fame gets bombarded with letters,phone calls and e-mails from football fans demanding his removal or b) a number of well known hall of famers voice their displeasure about OJ being there.Another possibility is that other groups/organizations not related to football may apply some pressure. I don’t believe anything like this has happened in football, but it did happen in hockey. Several years ago, Alan Eagleson, a prominent lawyer/agent and head of the NHLPA, was convicted of crimes on both sides of the border (fraud/embezzlement and other hanky-panky). He was a Hockey Hall of Fame member…he was forced to withdraw from the HHOF when something like 20 other hall of famers threatened to leave if he was not removed (some of these include Bobby Orr,Gordie Howe,Bobby Hull). “

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Michael October 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Why would someone of your ilk suggest with a certainty that a man acquitted at trial is guilty? I understand it is your opinion and everyone has one but when you place yourself on a pedestal by writing a column in which you feel fit to call out other lawyers who pontificate I would think you would want to be more careful. I know many feel some weird sense of justice has been served on this poor man , but really, 15 years to life for the crime of which he convicted in THIS case? That is a travesty of justice. It reminds me of my time dealing with prosecutors in Queens NY; how after finding out a perp was innocent or had a good alibi after a plea deal simply suggested he surely had done something else for which it is appropriate that he is serving time. I understand this helped them sleep at night but the logic was just as flawed as yours. IF someone is guilty the system has to prove it. In OJ’s case they did not. I too am familiar with the evidence in the case (I was at CTV at the time) and while many (white) folks like to believe jury nullification was the order of the day I tell you any thinking person not blinded by the crime and not tainted by having “stood in Nicole’s blood” would have seen there were many holes and inconsistancies that placed his guilt in reasonable doubt. It is what the jury decided and as a sworn officer of the court, which I hope you are, I would think you would have more respect for the voice of a jury. That respect is warranted even if the jury did not look like you or feel like you about the facts of a case. You have been give a great opportunity and a great privilege to spread your opinions to the masses…please treat that responsibility with a little more respect. Explore all your personal biases and feelings before claiming our justice system didn’t work in OJ’s case. The jury’s voice means something and in the grand scheme of things it is more important than yours.

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Diane October 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Michael – I don’t mind posting your criticism of me, or anyone’s criticism of me for that matter. But your attack on me, as a columnist, for giving my opinion is misplaced. That’s what columnists do. And I didn’t give an opinion on the OJ case in a vacuum. I was there from the beginning. I was at the trial, I did a vast amount of investigative work on it. I’ve followed OJ Simpson and his problems with the law ever since. If you don’t agree with my opinion that’s fine but don’t you dare start to paint me with some sort of racist brush. I won’t tolerate that. No where in my column did I mention jury nullification in the first OJ criminal trial. No where did I mention the racial makeup of the jury or that they didn’t “look like me”. That is preposterous.
There’s way too much race baiting going on these days and you as an African American attorney should not perpetuate it. Shame on you. ~ DD

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Michael October 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Diane as an african american attorney I have a DUTY to perpetuate it although I would not characterize my suggestions as perpetuating “race baiting”. In these times it is a common rant to suggest any person of color who touches on the race issue is merely race baiting and that we as a society should no longer tolerate it (This is a Bill O’Reilly special) I disagree. We must be able to mention and intelligently discuss race as it pertains to our individual and group biases…they do exist and they do still affect the outcomes of trial, promotions and unfortunatley elections (time will tell). I am a proponent of people of color moving beyond the shackles of race related thinking but I promote the intelligent discussion of it whereever I can. It can have a freeing affect on all who participate. These attitudes must be explored and discussed for what they are. There are latent rascist attitudes that many do not know they possess. My thought is by pointing it out it causes the thinking person to explore more intricately thier own motivations. I don’t doubt you beleive based on the evidence you saw and interpreted that OJ is guilty (regardless of his race) my issue is whether your continued angst and feelings regarding his personality and personal troubles may not be somewhat tinged by the fact that he is black man who killed two whites. It very well may not be but contrary to your assertion I feel a responsiblity to discuss it. I was not suggesting racism at all…rather it is a fact that white folks and black folks looked at that case (and many things in everday life) very differently. Whites saw injustice in the verdict (even if they were not privy to inside info) and blacks saw it as some sort of vindication for the issues facing their community for years. This is not to race bait…it is the truth. We must be able to put the truth out there without fear of retribution. And if the evidence was enough to convict what else could it have been other than jury nullification? To focus your reply on the race issue is merely a red herring…the real issue is why would you spread the gospel of his guilt and support the sentiment that some weird Karmic forces led OJ to his current predicament? He may be a bad guy, he may feel entitled to a point but on some level dont we all? The system works when it convicts and it works when it doesn’t, why it didn’t convict in any given case is much more elusive. Too many focused on and continue to focus on what was wrong with that verdict than what was right. And if you believe in the system, as I do, it was the right verdict. I respect your reply and dont wish to get into an extended diatribe with you but I just wanted to clarify the race issue. I know many who have worked with you and they have assured me you are a quality person and journalist and I have no reason to think or suggest otherwise. To the exent you took my musings that way I apologize.

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