If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.

Everyone is talking about the OJ Simpson parole hearing, so I figured I’d share my thoughts on the situation.

When the murder trial happened I was a senior in high school. I paid a bit of attention, enough to know what was going on, but not enough to truly care. Cut me some slack, I was 17! But the day the verdict was read was one of those “days in history” for me – you know the ones, where you remember every detail of that exact moment. The verdict was read when I was in gym class, and my friend and I stood huddled around a Walkman listening intently as OJ was found “not guilty” and deemed a free man. We ran back into class and told everyone, and then went on with our day.

And now here we are, decades later, enthralled with The Juice once again. As I write this, I have on a true crime show about the murder case, with theories from 20+ years ago. What makes us so fascinated by this clusterfuck? Is it because she was rich and white? Because he is a black celebrity who was always a good guy? Because they were a mixed race couple? Because of spousal abuse? All four perhaps? (Whoever says the case was not about race is lying.) As a society, we live on gossip of these celebrities’ lives, for some reason.

Anyway, back to the point. What we have to remember is that OJ Simpson was in jail for robbery and kidnapping, NOT MURDER. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison, up for parole in nine, which was today. For robbery, not for murder. I think this is a fact that everyone is forgetting.

There are three people who know what happened on June 12, 1994. Two of them were brutally murdered. Those are the facts. Everything else is speculation. OJ Simpson may be a free man, but is he really? If he’s really innocent, he has to live in a world that thinks he’s guilty. If he did kill them, he’s living with that every day. But, we will never really know what happened. It is very sad that two people are dead; I feel horrible for the families. But we do not know who the murderer really is. I did hear something OJ once said that stuck with me. He said that if there was a burning building with ten kids in there, and he ran in and saved eight of them, all the media would talk about is the two that he “let die”. This is a paraphrase obviously, but it struck me as true.

So these are my thoughts today as I watch the news. I don’t have any strong feelings either way about his guilt or innocence, but he was in prison for robbery, not for murder, and therefore his parole was deserved.


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