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Why O.J. Simpson Would Have Been Happier in Prison

So I learned even more things about O.J. Simpson…things that most people in the public still don’t know. 

William Shakespeare would have had a field day with this material.

I never expected to write a follow-up to my column last week about ESPN’s five-part documentary, O.J. Made in America, which is new on Netflix. But last week I had only seen the first three parts. Now I’ve seen the remaining two. And they’re worth discussing.

Not covered, as I surmised it might, was the topic of O.J. Simpson’s possible Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Instead the documentary revealed graphic crime scene photos, which, in 1994 and 1995, were unavailable due to the television standards of the time. They barely meet Netflix’s current standards. The photos show Ron Goldman lying adrift in a river of blood. The photos show a large gaping hole in Nicole Brown Simpson’s slashed throat, with her head nearly decapitated. 

The documentary reveals that then-Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti naively thought it best to hold the trial in downtown Los Angeles, where racial tensions, after Rodney King, were still simmering. Garcetti chose not to hold the trial in the part of the city where the murders actually happened. That part of the city was more affluent. Garcetti thought it was bad politics to have a bunch of wealthy white people deciding O.J. Simpson’s fate. As we know now, Garcetti was an idiot.

Johnnie Cochran, meanwhile, maneuvered Judge Lance Ito the same way the class clown maneuvers the substitute teacher.  

Cochran convinced Ito that using the N word would neither prejudice nor sway the jury…. knowing full well that was a lie. Cochran, in his final arguments to jurors, invoked Godwin’s Law. In case you don’t know, according to Godwin’s Law, in a verbal sparring match, someone will eventually compare someone or some thing to Adolf Hitler. 

The dingbat jurors, of course, bought what Cochran was selling, and they acquitted O.J. Simpson.

In OJ Made in America, one black juror said her white friends stopped speaking to her after the verdict. Another black juror said she and 90 percent of the other jurors acquitted O.J. to get revenge for Rodney King. Immediately after the verdict, another black juror who once belonged to the Black Panthers stood up in the courtroom and gave O.J. the Black Power salute.

The irony: before the homicides, O.J. did nothing to help the black community. Instead, he ingratiated himself with upper class whites. After the verdict, O.J. used up all of his charm with his white friends and neighbors. He got shut out.

O.J., always in need of affirmation (and an ego boost), used blacks as a crutch. The whites he did keep company with were apparently on the lower end of organized crime and looked and sounded like union thugs from the Jersey Shore.

Short of getting the death penalty, O.J. deserved to die in prison. But the death penalty was never on the table. If convicted of murder, the other inmates would have revered O.J. and flattered his giant ego every day. For O.J. that’s not a just punishment. 

Perhaps for him, the most just punishment that a guilty rich man could get was for his former admirers and hangers-on to treat him like a pariah. 

For O.J., self-image mattered more than freedom. 

If that isn’t Shakespearean, then I don’t know what is.

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