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Twenty Years a Murderer (Allegedly). - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Twenty Years a Murderer (Allegedly).
June 13, 1994 was when it all began.  Orenthal James Simpson was a beloved former Buffalo Bill, an icon  of film and television. We awoke that morning to the news of the death of his ex-wife Nicole and her companion Ronald Goldman.  Nah, couldn't be, Buffalo collectively said. Hell, we'd just finished suffering through our fourth straight Super Bowl loss; how could America rub it in even more by tarnishing one of our most famed franchise heroes?

Quite well,  it turned out. Four days later, the White Ford Bronco became an icon of popular culture, and the O.J. got stuffed in the cooler.  I was working in Buffalo at the time, but still living in Rochester; a year later, the venues were reversed, as I watched, stunned, on a Brighton office black-and-white set, as  the twelve dumbest people in America Kept Up With The Kardashian's Klaptrap, fell for Cochran's poetry, and acquitted Orenthal of the crime that the other 5 billion (give or take) people on the planet knew, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he committed.

Years later, a civil jury, given more evidence than their predecessors and venued in the actual  location of the deaths, held Orenthal responsible for the murders.

Number 32 finally got his comeuppance in 2008 as Number 1027820 in the Nevada prison system, convicted of armed robbery for trying to recover his "property" from collectors who had obtained memorabilia following civil judgment execution sales.   He remains there today. Unfortunately, his name and number remain enshrined on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, as his bust does in the NFL Hall in Canton, Ohio.

As one of the taxpayers who will be funding the renovation of the current Wall and the likely construction from scratch of an expensive new one within the next decade, my hope is that the scourge of this 32 will be removed from our venue.  Because if the DNA fits, you must remove it.
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bktheirregular From: bktheirregular Date: June 14th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember working at a police academy at the time of People v. Simpson, and thinking that poetry aside, if I'd been on the jury, I'd have been morally obliged to vote Not Guilty, not because I didn't believe he did it, but because the LAPD and the prosecution made a complete hash of their case.

The LAPD's credibility was gone in my mind the moment they testified that when they scaled the wall of the Simpson estate, Mr. Simpson wasn't a suspect, so they didn't feel they needed a warrant - when a married woman is knifed to death, how is her husband not a suspect from the word go? The impression I got was that the State was taking shortcuts, that they were used to getting away with those shortcuts, but that they were put to the test in People v. Simpson in a way that they normally aren't but should always be, and they failed in their duty.

Maybe I'm too much of an idealist, but given what the State can do to a person, and the disparity of the tools the State can bring to bear as opposed to the average defendant, I think it's a good thing the State is held to a much higher standard.

(Plus which, I tried doing the same thing Mr. Simpson was supposed to have done with his gloves, with a pair of my own gloves and a pair of surgical gloves underneath. I couldn't pull it off.)
xiphias From: xiphias Date: June 14th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking about that case, and I believe the jury made the right call.

The LAPD framed a guilty man. By the doctrine of "the fruit of the poison tree", information that was gained illegally is inadmissable. The LAPD was so both incompetent and corrupt that nothing the brought forth as evidence was usable.

I think the jury knew he did it. But they had a legal duty to ignore illegally-obtained or tainted evidence -- which was basically all of it. And they made the right call.
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: June 15th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Xiphias hit the nail on the head. The LAPD framed a guilty man.
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