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O.J. Simpson finally convicted

A long time coming, O.J. Simpson may spend life in prison after being convicted of conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and assault. Jurors were convinced that Simpson and five accomplices robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino last September. The defense said O.J. was only trying to steal back personal items and that he didn’t know two of his people were armed. Suffice to say, jurors didn’t buy it. O.J. faces a minimum of five years and at most life in prison.

Simpson’s lead attorney, Yale Galanter, said he would appeal the conviction, which came after some 13 hours of deliberation in a single day by the jury of nine women and three men.

Galanter said Simpson’s past as a notorious murder defendant, widely seen as having eluded justice in Los Angeles, was a factor in the swift verdict reached by the Las Vegas jurors.

Amazingly, the verdict came on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal. Poetic justice some might say. Others, those not great with words, might simply point at O.J. Simpson and laugh, “Ha ha,” Nelson Muntz style.

O.J. Simpson convicted, jailed in Las Vegas [Yahoo]

  • Rosie

    Why do people care whether O.J. Simpson is convincted for some crime?

    No one cared when Robert Blake was found not guilty for his wife’s murder. No one cared when Phil Spector’s trial ended in a mistrial.

    The media claimed that no one wanted to re-create the media circus of the Simpson trial. But when Simpson is convincted for attempting to steal some sports memorabilia that he claimed once belonged to him . . . suddenly both the media and the public are interested again.

    They don’t care when two white male celebrities escape conviction, yet they care when a black male celebrity escapes conviction for the murder of two white people.

    If Robert Blake ever get convicted for attempted robbery, are you going to make this big of a fuss? I rather doubt it.

  • Edward

    difficulty of understanding is beaucse it is a question of two completely different systems of jurisprudence based on fundamentally different principles. The French system based on the Napoleonic code, and the American based on English Common Law. In a criminal trial in the US, one is tried in open court and judged by a jury of one’s peers, (Thank God for the VI Amendment) and is found “guilty” or “not guilty” – NOT INNOCENT, by a unanimous verdict, with the standard being “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt”Note:CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATESAmendment VI[Civil rights in trials for crimes enumerated.]”In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense” In Civil cases, it is not a question of guilt or innocence, or “truth” but a question of liability, which means “Is it more likely than not that the defendant was responsible” by the standard of “preponderance of the evidence” It is not the role of the jury in Civil or Criminal cases to determine “truth”, but to determine, by the standard, if the defendant is guilty or not guilty. The plaintiff in the Criminal case is the State, the remedy if defendant is found guilty is punishment- imprisonment, fines, or death, depending on the nature and severity of the crime and the laws of the individual State. The plaintiff in a Civil case is an individual or group of individuals seeking redress of grievances, usually in the form of monetary compensation for physical and/or emotional damages suffered. The protection of the rights of the accused guaranteed by Amendment VI- the right to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury” are IMO what sets the American system if jurisprudence above all others. Of course there can be errors, as we are all fallible human beings, but the chances are far less likely.

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