Friday, November 02, 2007
The O.J. Case: If You Were the Judge and Jury
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more bizarre....according to the Associated Press, the F.B.I. knew three weeks in advance that O.J. Simpson planned to retrieve some of his sports memorabilia in Las Vegas. Of course you know how that all worked out. Suffice to say, we were intrigued by this latest wrinkle. Linda Deutsch of the AP and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin will be on the program to sort out what it all means. Meanwhile, we want to hear from you: if Simpson is convicted in connection with the alleged Vegas caper, what punishment should he receive? Weigh in via the comments link below. We'll also share some of your thoughts during tonight's program. See you at 10pm ET.
Posted By CNN: 8:27 PM ET
  10 Comments
If I were judge...

Mr. Simpson... you have been found guilty in relation to the crimes to which you have been charged.

Your cohorts testimony as well as the knowledge obtained from the FBI indicates that you knew and were previously informed that it is not something the FBI would involve themselves with and that you shouldn't either.
This shows me that your actions were pre meditated, and yet you went through with it, knowing full well that it was likely you would be committing a crime.

While I find the FBI's lack of interest in what your cohort informed them of disturbing, and neglectful it is not my job to deal with a case not brought before this court.

We can all relate to the desire to get back what has been stolen from us, but it seems that you disregard the idea of proper execution and a disregard for the laws of this state.

On a more personal note, i would think that with your past court troubles that you might look before you lept, and you cna think of that as you deal with your sentence.

It is the decision of this court, and the state of Nevada, that you should be given over to the nevada department of corrections for a term no less than 3 years and no more than 12 years, and apon release be subject to communitty service in the form of highway litter removal and beautification totalling 1,000 hrs for each person endangered in that room.

... I think I might watch too much TV. I also realize that entering my opinion may also go against court proceedings, but hey.
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 9:05 PM ET
I think at one point Toobin said that if convicted OJ could get a maximum of 30 years which would equate to the rest of his life. I think that sounds just about right. There should be no parole attached to it also. He should have to serve every last minute of the sentence.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Annie Kate : 9:07 PM ET
I think a judge should sentence him severely considering he also committed a double murder in Los Angeles ten years ago. Oops - I mean he allegedly committed a double murder.
Posted By Amy W., Fairfax, Va. : 9:12 PM ET
Given the fact that one of the charges filed against OJ (kidnapping) carries a potential life sentence, he could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars. Boy, I'd hate to see that.
Posted By David H, Lake Barrington, IL : 9:16 PM ET
I hope the NFL has as part of its rules that convicted felons must renounce their Hall of Fame status. I think that would add mental suffering to whatever punishment the judge or jury decide.
Posted By Ashley , Scranton, Pa. : 9:20 PM ET
Whatever it is , wherever he goes, he cannot golf for the rest of his life.
Posted By Randy, Cleveland, OH : 9:22 PM ET
Poor OJ. According to his friend, he was "set up." Too bad. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
Posted By Jamie D, Bellingham, WA : 9:25 PM ET
If I were the judge or on the jury I would give O.J. the most time that he could get for what he is charged with. It's about time he learned that crime doesn't pay! And just because he is a celebrity doesn't make him above the law!! That he can't do what ever he wants and get away with it!! He needs to see that it doesn't work that way no matter who you are!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 9:26 PM ET
I'm sure that if OJ Simpson is found guilty and put in prison no one is going to lose any sleep over it I know I won't. I think he was guilty of the crimes back in 94/95 and since a person can't be tried for the same crime twice maybe this is a way of the victim's families of getting some justice.

Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 9:28 PM ET
I think a lot of people view him as someone who continues to operate outside the law and without regard to the rules we mere mortals must live by. Therefore, I hope he gets at least 20 yrs. in prison.
Posted By Laura - Tulsa, OK : 9:29 PM ET
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