It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
As Americans, our laws, and public trust, is based on the idea of one crime, one trial, one punishment, or lack of punishment. Are we changing our moral stance here? A lot of people I talk to feel that he should be put away for life because he cheated the system the first time. But that leads to a whole shift in the way we apply the law. Is that the future of America?
LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson is headed to prison for at least nine years, but a prosecutor says the former football star could have spent less time behind bars if he had accepted a plea deal before he was convicted. Prosecuting attorney David Roger said Simpson was offered a deal for less prison time than the nine- to 33-year prison terms the graying former football star was sentenced to on Friday for kidnap and assault with a deadly weapon on two sports memorabilia dealers.
"Mr. Simpson wanted something just short of a public apology," Roger said. "We didn't think that was appropriate." Roger did not offer specifics of the deal and Simpson's defense lawyers declined to discuss details.
An emotional and hoarse Simpson said nothing about plea deals when he stood in shackles and blue jail garb apologizing before he was sentenced by Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass. "In no way did I mean to hurt anybody, to steal anything from anyone," Simpson said, his voice cracking. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry for all of it."
The judge said she was not convinced and she denied that Simpson's [unexpected] acquittal in Los Angeles in the 1994 slaying of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, had any effect on a sentence that will make Simpson 70 years old before he is eligible for parole.
Simpson and Stewart were each convicted Oct. 3 of 12 criminal charges, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon which led to their sentences. The armed robbery, conspiracy and burglary sentences [were] folded in with the rest. Glass threw out [the] two coercion charges.
The [restitution] hearing will coincide with [her] sentencing of four former co-defendants in the case who took plea deals and testified against Simpson and Stewart. Michael McClinton, Charles Cashmore, Walter Alexander and Charles Ehrlich each could get probation or prison time. McClinton could get up to 11 years; the others face less.
In the same incident where Jessica Lynch became an American "hero", a now forgotten Hopi named Lori Piestewa died.
" . . [don't] muck up the issue with a lot of complicated BS -- if there's any justice left in the law, O.J. Simpson will die in a Nevada prison because he's a danger to society. Period.