It’s hard to imagine a less sympathetic figure than OJ Simpson sitting in a jail cell. So should we care if he gets screwed?
Tonight, on cable news, I watched person after person — including a member of the Goldman family — expressing joy that justice was finally going to be done in the Brown/Goldman murders. But that’s not true, of course. That trial ended 12 years ago, and rightly or wrongly Simpson was acquitted and can never be made to stand trial for those crimes again.
But is there any doubt that the Los Vegas authorities are taking a special interest in the current armed robbery charges based upon Simpson’s notorious history? He’s being held without bond. The authorities seem inclined toward overcharging (trying to stack on every charge imaginable in order to increase possible penalties). And police are throwing resources into the investigation in a way that’s wholly out of proportion to what would normally be expected given the nature of the crime.
Yes, they got Al Capone for tax evasion. But you don’t get someone for a murder they were found not guilty of by way of an armed robbery that occurs more than a decade later.
The circumstances of Simpson’s arrest (so far as they have been made public) are murky. The only thing we seem to know for certain is that there were no boy scouts in that hotel room. If Simpson’s guilty of armed robbery, a very serious crime, then he deserves to do time: but he deserves to do time for the robbery, not for something unrelated that most of us believe he’s guilty of, but which was never proven (as a crime) in a court of law, however awful it may have been.