To many people, OJ Simpson got away with murder in 1995. In 1995 there were people who thought that the evidence was blatantly out there and OJ was guilty of murder. He spent endless dollars on a ‘dream team’ of lawyers to engage in a circus-like spectacle of a court case which memorized America. When he was found not guilty he told America that he would search for the real murderer.
Well, now the dream team is gone and OJ was back in a court room. This time around people rolled their eyes at the idea of having to repeat another spectacle event. CNN tried to broadcast it live, just as they had successfully done the last time. Only this time nobody watched so they ceased the broadcast and moved on to other things.
Last week a jury found Simpson guilty of 12 charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, assault and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
The jury that convicted O.J. Simpson of robbery and other charges say that they relied mostly on audio and video evidence –– and very little on testimony from prosecution witnesses. A jury member said “We honestly felt we could not rely on that witness testimony,” “There was not one decision we made that was based only on witness testimony.”
Now Simpson, who is 61, could get life in prison. Ironically, Simpson did not testify during the trial. He had told police he didn’t know the people with him were armed. He also claimed the items had been stolen from him, and the hotel encounter was just about him retrieving his items.
Was there a conspiracy by the jurors to convict a free man, Simpson in retribution for his walk in 1995?
Simpson’s lawyer has indicated he plans to appeal the conviction, partly because some of the jurors had indicated during jury selection that they disagreed with a 1995 verdict in which he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. He has already started to pave the way for the appeal. Jurors are defending their decision and the fact that it was not pay back for 1995.
When the jury was asked if the last big Simpson case had any bearing on their decision, they defended themselves. One juror stated that out of 500 applicants, the Simpson attorneys chose them. When interviewed, 5 of the Simpson jurors disagreed with 1995 acquittal .
Perhaps Simpson feels a certain kind of arrogance from his celebrity and is sure that he is above the law. However, being a celebrity should not mean special treatment. Rules and laws are made and enforced by a society for a reason. We all have to follow them. Maybe this will be good for Simpson and he will learn something from it. It seems like for the past 13 years we have heard all kinds of stories about Simpson playing golf and writing books while he was searching for that murderer.