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Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?

In our Picture of the Day, O.J. Simpson is taken into custody after being found guilty on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. The verdict comes thirteen years to the day after he was acquitted of double murder charges. (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter, Pool)

From thirteen years ago yesterday until now I have always remembered that cocky, arrogant look on his face when O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Granted that he was acquitted of all charges by a jury, that his “Dream Team” of expensive lawyers made his acquittal nearly a certainty and that at least some of his fans still idolized him. In my heart and mind he was still guilty of murder.

Today OJ is incarcerated in Clark County Jail in Las Vegas, awaiting sentencing or the Appeals Court to give him a new trial. Some, myself included, believe this is justice that has been delayed since the murder trial thirteen years ago. Still others are suggesting that it would have been impossible for OJ Simpson to get a fair trial on his current charges because of his celebrity status.

I say it was justice delayed, that should have fallen on his head thirteen years ago yesterday, and that it is right and fitting that, unless the courts otherwise intervene, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

How do you perceive OJ Simpson today? Was this justice delayed or simply the vagaries of the law?


was this a case where a celebrity could not possibly have gotten a trial again?


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