Saturday, October 4, 2008

O.J. Simpson - GUILTY!

by Katherine Scardino

It has finally happened. A jury in Las Vegas, Nevada did it. They told O.J. Simpson that he is guilty of a crime. Some people have been waiting for this for many years. A Las Vegas jury found O.J. Simpson guilty of all counts: conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping, and all done knowingly with a weapon. This verdict came thirteen years to the day that a Los Angeles jury aquitted him.

In 1995, when the jury in California found him Not Guilty of murdering his wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, most of the sane world was astonished. How could this have happened? I understand totally how it happened, and I will remind you that a jury must find guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” You can say that it was his slick “dream team” of lawyers. I am sure that had something to do with it. Yet it has been my experience that you can be the slickest lawyer in the world, but you cannot change the basic facts.

In my office, I keep a pretty fairy wand that was given to me about 12 years ago. It was supposed to help me “change the facts” of cases. I have used it consistently, but to date, I have seen no real results. A lawyer can take the facts and try to mold them in a way that sounds better for your client, but the basic reality is still there.

A lawyer can provide the jury with reasons why his or her client was present during the killing or during a robbery, and hope that the jury will not believe that he was a participant or knew that the co-actor intended to kill or rob someone. But that is all you can do. A fact is a fact.

This Nevada court and the judge made some half-hearted attempt to keep the California murder trial out of this Nevada courtroom. But everyone, I’m sure, knew that would be realistically impossible—unless the “slick” defense lawyer could find a jury of 12 people who had been living under a rock in the Nevada desert for the last 15 years.

The lawyers were not supposed to mention the prior trial and verdict, but remember in the opening statement by the prosecutor, he said something like “make this the first real verdict” for O.J. Simpson. Well, it was clear what was meant . . . and the jury delivered for him.

I watched O.J. during the reading of the verdicts. O.J. has aged considerably since his last criminal trial. He was listening and waiting for the two-word verdict, but it did not come—ever—on any count. It was “guilty” all across the board. His face looked pained and I am sure Simpson, 61, is worried about the remainder of his life. This jury could sentence him to life in prison. He would be eligible at some point for parole, but at his age, for all practical purposes, it would be forever.

Why does this verdict make me a little sad? Is it because I am so used to fighting for the underdog, the oppressed? Am I so much a defense lawyer that I cannot see the guilt in anyone? I am beginning to wonder about myself. Do I want all defendants to win regardless of the facts of the case? No, I do not think that is it.

From what I saw and reported to you during the trial, it appeared that there was enough evidence that was presented to the jury that should have produced a “reasonable doubt” and the verdict should have been Not Guilty. The issue of whether O.J. knew that his co-defendant had a gun was not clear—at least to me and what I saw. Simpson’s attorney put up a good defense, but as with most criminal cases, the defense generally does not have many—or any—witnesses.

The defense here had one witness—and it was not O.J. Does it matter to juries whether the defendant testifies? I believe it makes a huge difference. My general rule is that in serious criminal cases, unless they have a prior criminal history a mile long, I make every effort to put the defendant on the stand to testify in front of the jury. If he is firm in his statement to you, his lawyer, that he did not do this crime—or, in O.J.’s case, that he did not know that the other guy was going in that room with a gun and all he wanted to do was retrieve his own property—then why not put him on the stand? A jury always, I repeat—always—wants to hear from the defendant. And a juror who is really honest with you will say that if the defendant does not testify, they will wonder why not.

A defense lawyer talks to the potential jurors during the jury selection process about whether their client will testify. You try to get a jury who understands every citizen’s constitutional right NOT to testify, but it really does not matter. In the average person’s mind, if you are “innocent” (which is another article in itself), then you should get on the stand and say so.

But what got me, and I bet what each individual juror was thinking, was this: Why in the world would O.J. not call the police to do this job for him? Why in the world would he think that it was acceptable for him and his cohorts to barge into this hotel room and do what he did? Why does he keep committing crimes—little or big? Does he think that he will always avoid repercussions of his actions? Does he think he is above the law? Maybe he did. But I bet he has changed his tune now. Waiting on sentencing can be very stressful and demeaning. Let’s see if he goes to prison, and for how long. For victims of crime, waiting on justice can be unbearable. I bet the Goldman family is raising several glasses of champagne. . . . What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Well for one. Yes, he is guilty. It was not HIS property regardless of what he believes. Fact is, those assets belong to the Goldman and Brown families, and he hid them so they couldnt get it.

And yes, I do believe he knew about the guns. I do not find ANY reasonable doubt about that. I watched too.

Will the sentence be the maximum? I hope so. And this is my opionion based on what he got away with. And maximum sentences are allowable by law.

Leah said...

13 years ago was 1995, not 1997.

I watched the trial as well and I beleive the prosecution proved its case BARD.

I think this is a good day for evedryone, except maybe OJ.

Diane Fanning said...

I truly understand your perspective as a defense attorney and on legal points, I suspect you are completely right.
But, still, on a gut level, it feels good and just that he should finally spend time behind bars.

katfish said...

While I agree with the verdicts and think OJ Simpson and CJ Stewart are both guilty of the crimes that they were charged, without those tapes my opinion might have been different. I do wonder about the penalty a life sentence appropriate for someone who has no prior convictions given that no one was physically harmed in this case. I think it should be stiff, but life? Just saying.
Thanks for a peak at the defense perspective.

Anonymous said...

katfish you dont think that a life sentence is appropriate for kidnapping? That was one of the charges he was convicted of.

Anonymous said...

I saved this anonymous post the other night. Frankly, It scared the heck out of me. When I heard about the woman who shot herself, I remembered one line from the post. "Crime, poverty, and suicide will sky-rocket." The entire post is a good 5 minute read. I think its worth your time. Its nothing like what you've heard elsewhere. Anyway here it is.

Amazing. The first ever global depression will go down in history horribly misunderstood. What a pathetic bunch of ignorant fools we have become. Consumer junkie credit card morons. Perfect little victims. Say that reminds me.

Don’t believe one optimistic word from any public figure about the economy or humanity in general. They are all part of the problem. Its like a game of Monopoly. In America, the richest 1% now hold ALMOST 1/2 OF ALL UNITED STATES WEALTH. Unlike ‘lesser’ estimates, this includes all stocks, bonds, cash, offshore accounts, and material assets held by America’s richest 1%. Even that filthy pig Oprah acknowledged that it was at about 50% in 2006. Naturally, she put her own ‘humanitarian’ spin on it. Calling attention to her own ‘good will’. WHAT A DISGUSTING HYPOCRITE SLOB. THE RICHEST ONE PERCENT HAVE LITERALLY MADE WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. Don’t fall for any of their ‘humanitarian’ CRAP. ITS A SHAM. THESE PEOPLE ARE CAUSING THE SAME PROBLEMS THEY PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT. Ask any professor of economics. Money does not grow on trees. The government can’t just print up more on a whim. At any given time, there is a relative limit to the wealth within ANY economy of ANY size. So when too much wealth accumulates at the top, the middle class slip further into debt and the lower class further into poverty. A similar rule applies worldwide. The world’s richest 1% now own over 40% of ALL WORLD WEALTH. This is EVEN AFTER you account for all of this ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS from celebrities and executives. ITS A SHAM. As they get richer and richer, less wealth is left circulating beneath them. This is the single greatest underlying cause for the current US recession. The middle class can no longer afford to sustain their share of the economy. Their wealth has been gradually transfered to the richest 1%. One way or another, we suffer because of their incredible greed. We are talking about TRILLIONS of dollars which have been transfered FROM US TO THEM. All over a period of about 27 years. Thats Reaganomics for you. The wealth does not ‘trickle down’ as we were told it would. It just accumulates at the top. Shrinking the middle class and expanding the lower class. Causing a domino effect of socio-economic problems. But the rich will never stop. They just keep getting richer. Leaving even less of the pie for the other 99% of us to share. At the same time, they throw back a few tax deductible crumbs and call themselves ‘humanitarians’. Cashing in on the PR and getting even richer the following year. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. Their bogus efforts to make the world a better place can not possibly succeed. Any ‘humanitarian’ progress made in one area will be lost in another. EVERY SINGLE TIME. IT ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK THIS WAY. This is going to end just like a game of Monopoly. The current US recession will drag on for years and lead into the worst US depression of all time. The richest 1% will live like royalty while the rest of us fight over jobs, food, and gasoline. So don’t fall for any of this PR CRAP from Hollywood, Pro Sports, and Wall Street PIGS. ITS A SHAM. Remember: They are filthy rich EVEN AFTER their tax deductible contributions. Greedy pigs. Now, we are headed for the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time. Crime, poverty, and suicide will skyrocket. SEND A “THANK YOU” NOTE TO YOUR FAVORITE MILLIONAIRE. ITS THEIR FAULT. I’m not discounting other factors like China, sub-prime, or gas prices. But all of those factors combined still pale in comparison to that HUGE transfer of wealth to the rich. Anyway, those other factors are all related and further aggrivated because of GREED. If it weren’t for the OBSCENE distribution of wealth within our country, there never would have been such a market for sub-prime to begin with. IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE OBSCENE, UNREASONABLE, AND UNJUST DISTRIBUTION OF UNITED STATES WEALTH, THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN SUCH A MARKET FOR SUB-PRIME AND THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN A COLLAPSE IN THE HOUSING MARKET. Sub-prime did not cause the problem. It only accelerated the outcome. Which by the way, was another trick whipped up by greedy bankers and executives. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. The credit industry has been ENDORSED by people like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr Phil, and many other celebrities. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. In fact, they specifically endorsed Countrywide by name. The same Countrywide widely responsible for predatory adjustable rate sub-prime lending and the accelerated collapse of the housing market. ENDORSED BY OPRAH WINFREY, ELLEN DEGENERES, AND DR PHIL. Now, there are commercial ties between nearly every industry and every public figure. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. It also drives up the cost for nearly every product and service on the market. So don’t fall for their ‘good will’ BS. ITS A LIE. If you fall for it, then you’re a fool. If you see any real difference between the moral character of a celebrity, politician, attorney, or executive, then you’re a fool. No offense fellow citizens. But we have been mislead by nearly every public figure. We still are. Even now, they claim to be ‘hurting’ right along with the rest of us. As if gas prices actually effect the lifestyle of a millionaire. ITS A LIE. IN 2007, THE RICHEST 1% INCREASED THEIR AVERAGE BOTTOM LINE WEALTH AGAIN. On average, they are now worth over $4,000,000 each. Thats an all time high. As a group, they are now worth well over $17,000,000,000,000. THATS WELL OVER SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS. Another all time high. Which by the way, is much more than the entire middle and lower classes combined. Also more than enough to pay off our national debt, fund the Iraq war for a decade, repair our infrastructure, and bail out the US housing market. Still think that our biggest problem is China? Think again. Its the 1% club. That means every big name celebrity, athlete, executive, entrepreneur, developer, banker, and lottery winner. Along with many attorneys, doctors, and politicians. If they are rich, then they are part of the problem. Their incredible wealth was not ‘created’, ‘generated’, grown in their back yard, or printed up on their command. It was transfered FROM US TO THEM. Directly and indirectly. Its become near impossible to spend a dollar without making some greedy pig even richer. Don’t be fooled by the occasional loss of a millionaire’s fortune. Overall, they just keep getting richer. They absolutely will not stop. Still, they have the nerve to pretend as if they care about ordinary people. ITS A LIE. NOTHING BUT CALCULATED PR CRAP. WAKE UP PEOPLE. THEIR GOAL IS TO WIN THE GAME. The 1% club will always say or do whatever it takes to get as rich as possible. Without the slightest regard for anything or anyone but themselves. Reaganomics. Their idea. Loans from China. Their idea. NAFTA. Their idea. Outsourcing. Their idea. Sub-prime. Their idea. High energy prices. Their idea. Oil ‘futures’. Their idea. Obscene health care charges. Their idea. The commercial lobbyist. Their idea. The multi-million dollar lawsuit. Their idea. The multi-million dollar endorsement deal. Their idea. $200 cell phone bills. Their idea. $200 basketball shoes. Their idea. $30 late fees. Their idea. $30 NSF fees. Their idea. $20 DVDs. Their idea. Subliminal advertising. Their idea. Brainwash plots on TV. Their idea. Vioxx, and Celebrex. Their idea. Excessive medical testing. Their idea. The MASSIVE campaign to turn every American into a brainwashed, credit card, pharmaceutical, medical testing, love-sick, celebrity junkie. Their idea. All of the above drive up the cost of living, shrink the middle class, concentrate the world’s wealth and resources, create a dominoe effect of socio-economic problems, and wreak havok on society. All of which have been CREATED AND ENDORSED by celebrities, athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and politicians. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for any of their ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS. ITS A SHAM. NOTHING BUT TAX DEDUCTIBLE PR CRAP. In many cases, the ‘charitable’ contribution is almost entirely offset. Not to mention the opportunity to plug their name, image, product, and ‘good will’ all at once. Which is usually done just before or after the release of their latest commercial project. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. These filthy pigs even have the nerve to throw a fit and spin up a misleading defense with regard to ‘federal tax revenue’. ITS A SHAM. THEY SCREWED UP THE EQUATION TO BEGIN WITH. If the middle and lower classes had a greater share of the pie, they could easily cover a greater share of the federal tax revenue. They are held down in many ways because of greed. Wages remain stagnant for millions because the executives, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, and entrepreneurs, are paid millions. They over-sell, over-charge, under-pay, outsource, cut jobs, and benefits to increase their bottom line. As their profits rise, so do the stock values. Which are owned primarily by the richest 5%. As more United States wealth rises to the top, the middle and lower classes inevitably suffer. This reduces the potential tax reveue drawn from those brackets. At the same time, it wreaks havok on middle and lower class communities and increases the need for financial aid. Not to mention the spike in crime because of it. There is a dominoe effect to consider. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. But our leaders refuse to acknowledge this. Instead they come up with one trick after another to milk the system and screw the majority. These decisions are heavily influensed by the 1% club. Every year, billions of federal tax dollars are diverted behind the scenes back to the rich and their respective industries. Loans from China have been necessary to compensate in part, for the red ink and multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth to the rich. At the same time, the feds have been pushing more financial burden onto the states who push them lower onto the cities. Again, the hardship is felt more by the majority and less by the 1% club. The rich prefer to live in exclusive areas or upper class communities. They get the best of everything. Reliable city services, new schools, freshly paved roads, upscale parks, ect. The middle and lower class communities get little or nothing without a local tax increase. Which, they usually can’t afford. So the red ink flows followed by service cuts and lay-offs. All because of the OBSCENE distribution of bottom line wealth in this country. Anyway, when you account for all federal, state, and local taxes, the middle class actually pay about the same rate as the rich. The devil is in the details. So when people forgive the rich for their incredible greed and then praise them for paying a greater share of the FEDERAL income taxes, its like nails on a chalk board. I can not accept any theory that our economy would suffer in any way with a more reasonable distribution of wealth. Afterall, it was more reasonable 30 years ago. Before Reaganomics came along. Before GREED became such an epidemic. Before we had an army of over-paid executives, bankers, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, doctors, investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and sold-out politicians to kiss their asses. As a nation, we were in much better shape. Strong middle class, free and clear assets, lower crime rate, more widespread prosperity, stable job market, lower deficit, ect. Our economy as a whole was much more stable and prosperous for the majority. WITHOUT LOANS FROM CHINA. Now, we have a more obscene distribution of bottom line wealth than ever before. We have a sold-out government, crumbling infrastructure, energy crisis, home forclosure epidemic, credit crunch, weak US dollar, 13 figure national deficit, and 12 figure annual shortfall. The cost of living is higher than ever before. Most people can’t even afford basic health care. ALL BECAUSE OF GREED. I really don’t blame the 2nd -5th percentiles in general. No economy could ever function without some reasonable scale of personal wealth and income. But it can’t be allowed to run wild like a mad dog. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. UNBRIDLED CAPITALISM ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK. TOP HEAVY ECONOMIES ALWAYS COLLAPSE. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The American dream will be shattered. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HUMANITARIAN. EXTREME WEALTH MAKES WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman. Of course, they will jump to small minded conclusions about ‘jealousy’, ‘envy’, or ’socialism’. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

So what can we do about it? Well, not much. Unfortunately, we are stuck on a runaway train. The problem has gone unchecked for too many years. The US/global depression is comming thanks to the 1% club. It would take a massive effort by the vast majority to prevent it. Along with a voluntary sacrifice by the rich. THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. But if you believe in miracles, then spend your money as wisely as possible. Especially in middle and lower class communities. Check the Fortune 500 list and limit your support of high profit/low labor industries (Hollywood, pro sports, energy, credit, pharmaceutical, cable, satelite, internet advertising, cell phone, high fashion, jewelry, ect.). Cancel all but one credit card for emergencies only. If you need a cell phone, then do your homework and find the best deal on a local pre-pay. If you want home internet access, then use the least expensive provider, and share accounts whenever possible. If you need to search, then use the less popular search engines. They usually produce the same results anyway. Don’t click on any internet ad. If you need the product or service, then look up the phone number or address and contact that business directly. Don’t pay to see any blockbuster movie. Instead, wait a few months and rent the DVD from a local store or buy it USED. If you want to see a big name game or event, then watch it in a local bar, club, or at home on network TV. Don’t buy any high end official merchendise and don’t support the high end sponsors. If its endorsed by a big name celebrity, then don’t buy it. If you can afford a new car, then make an exception for GM, Ford, and Dodge. If they don’t increase their market share soon, then a lot more people are going to get screwed out of their pensions and/or benefits. Of course, you must know by now to avoid those big trucks and SUVs unless you truly need one for its intended purpose. Don’t be ashamed to buy a foreign car if you prefer it. Afterall, those with the most fuel efficient vehicles consume a lot less foreign oil. Which accounts for a pretty big chunk of our trade deficit. Anyway, the global economy is worth supporting to some extent. Its the obscene profit margins, trade deficits, and BS from OPEC that get us into trouble. Otherwise, the global economy would be a good thing for everyone. Just keep in mind that the big 3 are struggling and they do produce a few smaller reliable cars. Don’t frequent any high end department store or any business in a newly developed upper class community. By doing so, you make developers richer and draw support away from industrial areas and away from the middle class communities. Instead, support the local retailer and the less popular shopping centers. Especially in lower or middle class communities. If you can afford to buy a home, then do so. But go smaller and less expensive. Don’t get yourself in too deep and don’t buy into the newly developed condos or gated communities. Instead, find a modest home in a building or neighborhood at least 20 years old. If you live in one of the poorer states, then try to support its economy first and foremost. Be on the lookout for commercial brainwash plots on TV. They are written into nearly every scene of nearly every show. Most cater to network sponsors and parent companies. Especially commercial health care. Big business is fine on occasion depending on the profit margins and profit sharing. Do your homework. If you want to support any legitimate charity, then do so directly. Never support any celebrity foundation. They spend most of their funding on PR campaigns, travel, and high end accomodations for themselves. Instead, go to and look up a top rated charity to support your favorite cause. In general, support the little guy as much as possible and the big guy as little as possible. Do your part to reverse the transfer of wealth away from the rich and back to the middle and lower classes. Unfortunately, there is no perfect answer. Jobs will be lost either way. Innocent children will starve and die either way. But we need to support the largest group of workers with the most reasonable profit margins. We also need to support LEGITIMATE charities (Check that list at This is our only chance to limit the severity and/or duration of the comming US/global depression. In the meantime, don’t listen to Bernanke, Paulson, Bartiromo, Orman, Dobbs, Kramer, OReiley, or any other public figure with regard to the economy. They are all plenty smart but I swear to you that they will lie right through their rotten teeth. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. These people work for big business. The ‘experts’ they cite also work for big business. They are all motivated by their desire to accumulate more wealth. THEY WILL LIE RIGHT THROUGH THEIR ROTTEN TEETH. So don’t fall for their tricks. Instead, look at the big picture. The economic problems we face have been mounting for well over 20 years. All of them caused or aggrivated by a constant transfer of wealth from poorer to richer. Soon, it will cause the first ever GLOBAL DEPRESION. Its not brain surgery. Its simple math. Like I said, you are welcome to run this by any professor of economics or socio-economics. If thats not good enough, then look up what Einstein had to say about greed, extreme wealth, and its horrible concequences. I speak the truth. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

Its already underway. A massive campaign to divert our attention. Trump, Buffet, OReiley, Dobbs, Pickens, Norris, and several other well known filthy rich public figures have been running their mouths about the economy. Finally admitting a hint of severity after almost 2 years of denial. They even have the nerve to acknowledge the possibility of a US/global depression. Still, they refuse to acknowledge the single greatest underlying cause. Remember: Our national debt was way up BEFORE sub-prime. Consumer debt was way up BEFORE sub-prime. The cost of living was up BEFORE sub-prime. Wall Street profits were obscene BEFORE sub-prime. The middle class were loosing free and clear assets BEFORE sub-prime. Our infrastructure was in bad shape BEFORE sub-prime. Loans from China were taken out BEFORE sub-prime. The dollar was loosing value BEFORE sub-prime. So don’t let these cowardly filthy rich public figures divert your attention or limit your range of thought. THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS WAS NOT CAUSED BY A SINGLE POLICY OR PROCEDURE. IT WAS CAUSED PRIMARILY BY A MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM POOR TO RICH. THIS ALSO REPRESENTS A MASSIVE CONCENTRATION OF CAPITAL WORLDWIDE. OTHERWISE, THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH A MARKET FOR SUB-PRIME AND THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A GLOBAL CREDIT CRUNCH. MONEY DOES NOT GROW ON TREES AND IT DOES NOT JUST FLOAT AWAY. IT ONLY TRANSFERS FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

A word for those who respond with the usual ‘I know more than you. Look how smart, knowledgable, and articulate I am’ crap. Let me say this in advance. I don’t claim to be an expert in this field. But I did go on record with these predictions long before any public figure uttered the word ‘recession’. If you search long enough, you will find my early postings from ‘05′ and ‘06′. Including the first draft of this rant. Since then, I’ve gone on record against people like Greenspan, Bernanke, and Paulson. So far, my predictions have been accurate. Like I said. This is not brain surgery. For the mostpart, its simple math. When you concentrate the world’s wealth, you also concentrate its capital and shrink the middle class along with the potential market for every major industry. Homes go unsold. Bills go unpaid. Banks fail. More products go unsold. Jobs are lost. More banks fail. and so on. and so on. It happened 80 years ago. It will happen again. This time on a global scale. Throughout the cycle, the rich will tighten their grip. Concentrating the world’s wealth and resources even further and ensuring the collapse of every major economy worldwide. Think it can’t happen? Think again. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

Another thing. I don’t want credit for any of this. Otherwise, I would have given my full name a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned, you can put this rant in your own words and take credit for all of it. I don’t care. Just spread the word. Otherwise, the greatest injustice of all time will go down in history unchecked.

By the way. The bailout won’t work. IT WON’T WORK. The plan fails to address the fundamental problem. The middle class don’t need more credit. They need a reasonable share of the economic pie. They also need a lower cost of living and a chance to catch their breath. They need a break from all of the psychological marketing tricks and mass market BS. Most of all, they need to wake up and see the truth. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

To my surprise, two public figures have found the courage to acknowledge this problem to some degree. On 11.07.07 former presidential candidate Ron Paul mentioned the massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. He also hinted at the possibility of economic collapse. He did so on 'Face the Nation'. He was blacklisted almost immediately for doing so. On 9.28.08 former secretary of labor Robert Reich refered to the obscene levels of income inequality as part of a "recipe for disaster". He mentioned the richest one percent in particular. He did so on 'Late Night With Conan OBrien'. As far as I know, Albert Einstein was the first to explain the link between extreme wealth and economic instability. He did so in 1949. He explained how the first Great Depression was actually caused by a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. He predicted that it would happen again. We are about to witness the first ever GLOBAL DEPRESSION. Amazing. The prosperity of an entire world is about to be compromised. Almost entirely because of greed. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

Anonymous said...

You may want to delete those LONG winded posts and put them where they are relevant to the discussion anon 2.

Leah said...

I agree Katfish. The tapes are what sealed it for me. I believe that because the stuff was [allegedly] stolen, OJ didn't think they would call the cops and he would get away with it. In this case too, they couldn't convict Stewart without convicting OJ. I think that made a difference as well.

Thanks for keeping us updated on this KS.

katfish said...

IMO, this was a kidnapping by the legal definitions, but I just don't think it's so cut and dried. My gut says a life sentence should be saved for someone who kills someone, or is a habitual criminal not someone who says "nobody leave the room" for 5 minutes and "move over there". To me that was a part of the robbery...Obviously that isn't the law....just the way I feel.
CJ Stewart may have a chance to get his conviction overturned but if he hadn't rounded up the "boys" ........just saying.

Leah said...

I don't see either of them getting a life sentence, but I have been surprised before. I was just happy that they denied him bail until his sentencing. I see him serving something like 10 years.

Kathryn Casey said...


Great post. I only saw news reports, but I thought I read that one or more of O.J.'s cohorts testified that O.J. asked him/them to bring a gun/s? If so, doesn't that answer the question of whether or not he knew the others were armed?

I need a wand. Maybe I could wave it over my computer and it would write books for me? LOL Now wouldn't that be something!

katfish said...

Leah, we are on about the same page. I used karmatic (if that's a word) calculation to determine what I think is an appropriate sentence for OJ. It goes like this:

Sept. 13 robbery in Las Vegas
+ 13 yr. anniversary of aquittal
+ 13 hour jury deliberations
= 39 year sentence , parole in 13

Seems fair to me ;-)

katherine scardino said...

ok. I realize that the jury found him guilty of kidnapping, but, for instance, grabbing a child off a street corner and holding him for ransom is not quite the same as walking into a room and saying something like "no one can leave". Both facts fit the legal definition, but surely, there should be some consideration for these facts. Right?

Rae said...

Katherine, I would think there would be some consideration - and we'll certainly know when the sentencing comes around.

I, for one, am relieved to see the guilty verdict. It would have been one thing if Simpson had quietly disappeared after the murder trial - but he's exploited the murders for his own gain (i.e selling the Bronco on television, the 'stabbing' skit he did for the British show, and that heinous book), and that's been beyond disgusting. His attitude that he is above the law has been nauseating to witness. There's some satisfaction in seeing that smug, arrogant smirk wiped off his face, and I don't mind saying so.

In the end, though, the whole thing is sad. The man had so much - a rightful place in sports history, two loving wives, beautiful children - and he threw it all away with both hands, slaughtered two people who had much to live for, and caused irreparable damage to his children, his victim's families, his friends, and himself. Life is a precious gift - and what a waste of lives.

He isn't even worth contempt. He's only worth pity.

katherine scardino said...

I agree. Regardless of our belief in his guilt, it is always sad for me to see anyone with all the opportunity in the world treat this opportunity with such arrogance. Reminds me of some of my clients - young wealthy kids who become addicted to drugs and/or crime and not take advantage of their station in life to do good for others and themselves. I just want to slap a face or two and tell them to wake up!

katherine scardino said...

One other point about OJ's sentence - remember - this sentence "should" be only for this crime and these facts - nothing else. Your comments about how many years he should get because he got off the murders are the major reasons why he should NOT have gone to trial with these facts - and in Nevada! People really do not forget, regardless of what they say...

Leah said...

Where do you think would have been a good venue for his trial? Mars? There isn't any state in the US that doesn't know OJ. Even the crime in Vegas got national attention. I frankly don't believe in change of venue, particularly for celebrities. I don't care what kind of media attention they get, they shouldn't be catered to. HIs murder trial didn't get moved and that worked in his favor.

Anonymous said...

Jurors should find a defendant guilty even if they have doubt - as long as it's not "unreasonable."
Personally I think it's poetic justice and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

A. said...

Katherine Scardino says:
"People really do not forget, regardless of what they say..."

How can they (we) forget a man (I use this term loosely) that has arrogantly exploited his past, in any public venue that would listen to him? And for monetary profit, no less. This is a classic case of what goes around, comes around...

Katherine Scardino says:
"Why does this verdict make me a little sad? Is it because I am so used to fighting for the underdog, the oppressed?..."

Lol. Sorry, but this is such a funny statement Katherine. And so very interesting.

Rae said...

Leah said: "HIs murder trial didn't get moved and that worked in his favor."

Actually, though, the murder trial was not tried in the court that served the area where the murders took place, which is where it should have been. Gil Garcetti slated the case for downtown Los Angeles, and offered only lame excuses for doing so-legally, he had no just cause for doing so.

LadySheila said...

It proves that your past really does follow you. My father used to say that I could act and dress any way I wanted to, but I was going to be judged for it. Generally speaking, a well-dressed, well-spoken criminal with no record can get away with anything. On the other hand, a poor, uneducated, innocent person can get stuck with crimes they didn't commit and can't seem to get away with anything. Which is why I admire what I call you Lincoln-types (if you can find any) that only look at the facts. I wish it were true. But the fact is, as I see it, the courtroom is a salesroom and whoever presents their case believingly wins. I really thought he would get off scot-free as I have stated before as he is very well spoken, and has moxie...a master love him for some reason and I am with you, they should have put him on the stand and used his talents, especially since his attorney probably wasn't a master as was his former dream team (his attorney really erred there). Now, the items were supposed to go to the Goldmans, though they belonged to OJ who wouldn't give them up but that is another matter. I was just referring to why he didn't get acquitted and about the process that is supposed to be followed but we all know exits in fairy-tale land which is what I thought the subject was about. The reason I feel sad for him is all of this in his life was preventable. He didn't have to make the choices he did. Prison will be awful. That is why we are all taught that there are consequences for your actions, and EVERYTHING YOU DO IN SOCIETY WILL BE JUDGED whether you like it or not. Majority, tradition rules! Andas for the Goldman family; you KNOW they are toasting. SEVERAL glasses of champaign?! It's more like: Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cried, if I can't drink rye whiskey I surely will die. If the ocean were whiskey and I were a duck, I'd swim to the bottom and drink me way up. They're partying like it's 1999!!!!!!

Leah said...

That is correct Rae but I was referring to KS's comment about the trial shouldn't have been held in Nevada.

Rae said...

Oops. sorry, Leah-I got confused. No offense intended.