O.J. Convicted for double murder!

by The Palimpsest Staff on December 11, 2008

Even I can see that O.J. got a raw deal by Marc Lamont Hill

Last week, after years 14 years of legal wrangling and media attention, O.J. Simpson was finally sentenced for the double murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. As a result, he will spend up to 33 years in prison for his cold blooded killings. Wait, what’s that you said? O.J. wasn’t convicted of murder? Huh? You mean he’s getting up to a third of a century for burglary and kidnapping? Sorry, but as bad a guy as O.J. may be, that sounds more like a legal lynching than a legitimate punishment.

For those of you who have already started writing your hate mail, let me be clear: I am not an O.J. Simpson supporter. After watching him abandon the black community, engage in domestic abuse for decades and generally disregard the legal and social mandates that most of us follow, I have no respect for the former American hero. Also, although it should be obvious to anyone, I have no doubt that O.J. Simpson is a sociopath and a murderer. For those reasons alone, I find it difficult to muster any sense of outrage regarding the verdict. Still, right is right. And this ain’t right.

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