Please don't burn me at the stake for this.
He was found "not guilty" by a court of law. If you are an American and have any desire whatsoever to see our legal system work properly, drop it. He may or may not actually be innocent (I'm trying to keep my personal opinion out of this), but as far as the courts are concerned, he didn't do it, and that's supposed to be good enough for us.
We all know, that being innocent by court judgement is not the same as being actually innocent. In this case it's far worse because there was plenty of solid evidence, even DNA evidence. I don't claim to know the truth of what happened, but it's clear that Simpson was guilty at least on some level. Either he did it, or he was covering for someone. I think lawyers should have no saying in picking the jury members.
Was a woman brought him down, like so many other men.
And it was women who redeemed him. In his jury there were 10 women and 2 men, 9 blacks, 1 hispanic and 2 whites. The jury pool was 40% white, 28% black, 17% Hispanic, and 15% Asian. Guess why the whites were left out of the jury? Probably for the same reason that 70% of blacks believe that Simpson was innocent and only 30% of the white believe the same. The defense lawyers knew that it would be a matter of race and not guilt, that's why they pursued the black jury with lots of women who they know to be softer on criminals. One could say that dismissing jury members because of their white skin color is racist, but the public consensus is that white people can't be victims of racism.
I think the jury system is ultimately the reason why American judical system is such a joke. The use of uneducated people without a proper knowlegde of law is stupid in my opinion. The use of stupid jurors is probably the reason for those ridiculously large numbers in compensatory and punitive damages. When I hear from the massive jury awards for punitive damages, I can only come to the conclusion that jury members have no sense of reality or the value of money. Take for example that a pharmaceutical company Merck & co and it's Vioxx drug was found liable to causing heart attacks on some patients. One widow was awarded with 250 million dollars as punitive damages. Some sources have estimated that the litigation and reparation costs for Merck could amount up to 50 billion.
You people are half the problem with America.
And you are the other half. It's people like you who protest death penalty, by saying that "innocent" people are freed from the death rows all the time, when innocent in the moral sense is not the same as innocent by law order. When presumtion of innocence was forged - innocent until proven guilty - it had good intentions. It still has good intentions, but instead of protecting the really innocent, it has just become a tool for the guilty to wriggle their way out of responsibility. Even people who are clearly guilty e.g Jack Ruby are considered innocent, when they are not. Jack Ruby was found guilty to murder, but his sentence was overthrown when the court ruled that he had not recieved a fair trial. 4 years after he had killed Oswald in a television broadcast he died of natural causes as an innocent man, because his new trial never took place.
Sure, the evidence seems overwhelming to some (most?) but, suppose some earth-shattering proof of his innocence was found suddenly? By this point he's been branded a murderer for years, despite going through the proper procedure to clear his name.
We had a similar case in Finland in the 1960s. The lake Bodom triple murder when 4 kids were camping and 3 of them were brutally stabbed to death, the only "survivor" Nils Gustafsson was found the next day severely beaten, his jaw was broken and his eyes were swollen shut and he claimed he had no recollection of what happened. He was considered as one of the victims although the public thought he was guilty. The case came back to headlights in 2004 when new evidence, that he had acted on jealousy, was brought in. But in october 2005 district court found him innocent. He sued the goverment and was paid 45000â‚¬ for mental sufferings caused by the trial.
If they find new earth shattering evidence of his innocence, maybe they should pay OJ 45000$
I'm suprised that Bluefront, as a fan of conspiracy theories, doesn't believe in the conspiracy theories of how O.J was framed.