In 1995, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson & friend Ronald Goldman. Exactly 13 years later, the Juice has finally been found guilty of something.
(Hark! Who’ll look for Nicole’s killer now?)
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that Simpson has been found guilty on all 12 counts for his role in an armed robbery of sports memorabilia sellers in a Las Vegas hotel room last year. The verdict was announced late Friday night - as not to interrupt the Red Sox’s exciting Game 2 win over the Angels, we suppose.
So, what awaits O.J. now? A slap on the wrist? 200 hours of community service as a casino greeter? Well, it could be a lot more than that:
Simpson and codefendant Clarence Stewart, 54, are charged with a dozen crimes — including armed robbery and kidnapping, which carries a potential life sentence. Four of their former codefendants agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges and testified for the prosecution.
Well, that does put a hamper on searching for Nicole’s real killers. But at least O.J. will finally have the time & solitude to complete a full season of All-Pro Football 2k8 - featuring himself as the star RB for the Assassins.
The Times laments that Simpson’s Vegas trial did not live up to the hype of his previous legal adventures in L.A:
In Las Vegas, the anticipated circus never showed up. Media coverage dwindled as the economy faltered and the presidential election ramped up. On most days, the courtroom was only half-filled.
Sequels never do as well as the originals.
The jury of nine women & three men deliberated for 12 hours before reaching their decision. Of course, the Times also points out that no one on the jury was black.
Someone get Johnnie Cochran on the phone! Um, wait - never mind.