by Charles Mombo
The current nine-to-33-years sentence of the "The Juice", Orenthal James Simpson (O.J Simpson), 65-year-old, in which he is serving time for robbery, assault and kidnapping is not actually a double jeopardy. But, it looks like one wearing bright pink lipstick.
One has to have been living on a Mars’ colony to honesty believe that the decision of Simpson’s Nevada case has nothing to do with the so-called “Trial of the Century”. Judge Jackie Glass couldn’t convince the intelligent people of America that her extremely harsh sentence was based upon the evidence presented in her court. But then again, who cares, Simpson was pre-judged and found guilty in the court of public opinion by most Americans.
Even Simpson’s lawyer, at the time, attorney Yale Galanter suggested that his client was a victim of payback for his acquittal in Los Angeles.
“It really made us all aware that despite our best efforts, it’s very difficult to separate the California case from the Nevada case,” Galanter said.
Oh by the way, the “Trial of the Century,” refers to Simpson's acquittal of the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her waiter friend, Ronald Goldman. It is insignificant at this point whether I thought Simpson should have been found guilty or not. According to the law of this great country, he “had a trial” and was found “Not Guilty”. Period. End of story!
Some have argued that had the jury composition been racially reversed, the outcome would have been different. Possibly! The composition of Simpson’s jury (9 Blacks, 2 Whites and 1 Hispanic) heard the testimony and evidence that was introduced, and acquitted him. During America's primitive and barbaric past, not too long ago, blacks were found "Guilty until proven innocent. They were literally dragged into an all-white jury “kangaroo court,” sentenced and lynched in public spectacles while families came in their Sunday's best prepared to watch those "Strange Fruit".
Timeline leading to Simpson’s conviction in the Nevada case
September 2007: Simpson and five other men are arrested and charged with felonies including kidnapping, armed robbery. They were trying to reclaim Simpson’s stolen memorabilia. Four of Simpson’s co-defendants later accepted plea deals and testify for the prosecution. They were convicted of at least one felony and sentenced to probation.
September 2008: Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart went on trial in Clark County District Court. Simpson was represented by Miami attorney Yale Galanter and Las Vegas lawyer Gabriel Grasso.
October 2008: Jury found Simpson, Stewart guilty on all 12 charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, coercion, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon. Stewart served little more than two years in prison before the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Simpson's fame tainted Stewart's conviction. He was set free.
May 2013: While all of Simpson’s co-defendants are at home with their families, he is back in the Clark County District Court seeking a new trial for his robbery, assault and kidnapping conviction.
District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell is expected to rule any day to either set Simpson free or keep him in prison for nine-to-33-years.
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