There is a word for the results of the recent Las Vegas trial of OJ Simpson - can you say KARMA? Although he was found "not guilty" of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994, over 80% of Americans polled believe him guilty of the crimes. A "not guilty" verdict is not the same as him being found innocent - it simply means the state's case was not convincing enough for the jury to find him guilty. But, I believe that the real reason OJ walked out of that Los Angeles courtroom a free man was because:
1. The State of California, and specifically the County of Los Angeles, could see major race riots on the horizon if this black sports-hero/success story/actor/role model (a relative rarity at that time) was convicted. The black community would see such a conviction as another attempt by "Whitey" to "keep the black man down". How sad is that? It is sad from the standpoint that, regardless of the truth of the matter, such feelings among blacks could easily be justified - and understandable - based upon black history in our country.
2. The State of California's case was weak because the State wanted it to be weak based on the above. Administrative procedures and protocols were violated by both the LAPD and the District Attorney's Office. Significant evidence at the crime scene was either mishandled or ignored as irrelevant, as was evidence at the Brentwood home of OJ. Either of these conditions, when brought to the attention of Judge Lance Ito's court, would have created a crippling blow to the State's case. And, at the same time, justified a "not guilty" verdict for technical reasons. Then there was defense lawyer Johnny Cochran's side show of OJ trying to put a glove on over a glove. That's much like trying to slip a shoe over a shoe!
There's no doubt in my mind that OJ will not serve the minimum of his 16-to-life sentence. He'll be out of prison in 3-4 years, and justice still will not have been served upon him.
But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong .......... but, I'm not!