And he finally does time December 5, 2008Posted by dorigo in news.
Tags: justice, murder, OJ
I usually don’t feel anything close to rejoicing when somebody gets imprisoned. The very concept of a society which can only defend itself by locking away some of its citizens sounds wrong to my illuminist mind. There has to be a better way, although there seems to be none. An improvement of our penitentiaries, and the quality of life of inmates, would at least be a step in the right direction. Nowadays, however, there are more urgent concerns, admittedly.
So, I do not generally like the idea, but this time I am making an exception. The way OJ Simpson escaped a charge of murder, in 1995, had left me disgusted. I always feel bad when justice gets fooled, and in the case of Nicole’s murder I have zero doubts that such was the case. A dream team of lawyers, a hot case with possible racial issues, and the attention of world media created the conditions for a biased trial. OJ got away with it back then.
But it appears that one can have such a piece of luck only once. This time, he was sort of framed -or he was really, really stupid. Or probably both. Maybe he did not really know his pals were armed when he broke in the Las Vegas hotel to take possession of some pictures and memorabilia, about one year ago. In any case, framed or not, he is going to do at least six years in prison, since he was given 15.
I do not know too well the story behind the crime he’s been punished for, but a man willing to risk big to get back some items of not high commercial value he claims he had been stolen, must have something not working too well in his mind. So a part of me rather than feeling happy for a murderer in jail, feels sorry for him. What a sorry ending for a once world-famous athlete and actor!
NB title changed – just happened to re-read it: had a wrong verb! Italians sometimes confuse “to make” with “to do” ….