O. J. Simpson can’t seem to catch a break anymore. He has been a prisoner in Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since 2008, after being convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping (msnbc). Recently, Simpson used the race card to appeal his conviction, stating that there was a lack of African-Americans on his jury – the appeal was denied on Friday (bleacherreport.com). The former football star was sent back to Lovelock to continue serving out his original sentence of 9 to 33 years. Simpson’s attorney believes that his client is the victim of “prejudicial payback” (bleacherreport.com).
If that is true, is it any wonder why? In 1994, the man failed most of the circumstantial tests given to him during his time in court (black glove anyone?), and still he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend. If retribution should be realized, might not this be appropriate? After all, Simpson didn’t just slither away into the night and live out a life of freedom. Instead, he put himself into the spotlight again with more bad behavior. What person does that?
It’s karma, baby. No doubt about it. People who have bad intentions can’t be idle while the world passes them by. Simpson probably thought that he was invincible – wouldn’t you, after the result of such a publicized trial? It was too dull for him in the years that passed, so he conjured up another scheme. But, this time, he was found guilty. Does it really matter what he, or his attorney, believes? Facts are facts, and there was no getting around it the second time.
Simpson is taking advantage of his color to get himself out of jail, and he’s making a mockery of African-Americans. You don’t have to be white to know when actions are wrong. And, most Americans would agree that they are ashamed of Mr. Simpson, regardless of the color of their skin. So, he can keep making his appeals, but the time has come to put his big-boy pants on and face the music. The world isn’t the same as it was 16 years ago. And, O. J. Simpson is finding that out the hard way.
“OJ Simpson Appeal Denied by Nev. Supreme Court, C.J. Stewart’s Conviction Overturned”, MSNBC
Marc Pruitt, “O.J. Simpson: Not Leaving Las Vegas”, Bleacher Report