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The Juice Can’t Seem to Stay Out of Trouble

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2008 at 2:14 am

It seems like old O.J. Simpson, now well into his golden years at 61, never really learned his lesson after he was cleared of murder charges thirteen years ago. The former NFL player was recently arrested with heavy charges yet again. This time, however, he carries the heavy burden of twelve charges which include conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, assault, and kidnapping with a deadly weapon. Simpson could now spend fifteen years to life in prison after Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, a co-defendant, and O.J. were found guilty for the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers (stealing photographs, footballs, a phone, etc.) at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room on the night of September 13, 2007 (a little more than a year ago). Simpson reportedly led a group of men to break into the room in the Palace Station Hotel to take the Simpson memorabilia by force. Apparently what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and “The Juice” was arrested three days after the crime was committed. For those who think O.J. got away with murder back in his famous murder trial in 1995, justice is finally going to be served, and this time the glove definitely fits.

The verdicts that proclaimed O.J. and C.J. guilty came thirteen years to the exact day after a Los Angeles jury acquitted Simpson of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. Coincidently, Simpson carried out this crime on the day the book about his ex-wife’s and Goldman’s murders was published. Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, is apparently thrilled with Simpson’s incarceration into jail, where he believes “the scumbag belongs”. Neither Simpson nor his partner in crime testified during the trial, and witness testimonies were sometimes “conflicting and contradictory”. Simpson claims, however, that the sports merchandise had been stolen from him and he was simply trying to recover his property. Simpson admitted to taking the items but denied breaking into the room and denied the claims that he or the people with him carried weapons. “Why are they not in trouble?” Simpson asked concerning the memorabilia dealers, named Beardsley and Fromong, according to police reports. Both men testified for the prosecution, although Beardsley agreed Simpson was “set up” and that the man did nothing wrong.

The stoic murderer-turned-thief sat quietly at the defense table as he listened to the verdicts being read and he reportedly showed little emotion. However, defense attorney Yale Galanter spoke with Simpson after the verdict and said he was “extremely upset, extremely emotional”. On the other hand, Simpson’s sister, Carmelita Durio, was sobbing uncontrollably and even fainted as her brother was escorted out of the courtroom. Paramedics had to be called for help.

Sentencing is set for December 5, 2008, and America has yet another O.J. trial to deal with. This one, however, may earn him his very own cell in Nevada State Prison for the remainder of his life. Though this one certainly doesn’t have the shock value that his first trail did (people are used to crazy, old O.J. now), it will be an interesting one nonetheless.

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