- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 17, 2000

O.J. Simpson has been out of the limelight for a while now, so it's about time he had another round with the cameras. This time TV; the infamous football great recently announced he would like to make his pay-per-view debut by taking a polygraph test on television.

Simpson said he is ready to undergo a public lie-detector test to prove his innocence and fuel the search for his ex-wife's "real" killer. Simpson made his offer after F. Lee Bailey said he stopped a lie detector test Simpson was taking just days after his arrest for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Mr. Bailey said Robert Shapiro, another Simpson attorney, called him and said Simpson was failing the test miserably, so he told Shapiro to stop the test. "I said shut the test down, you have to let him settle down," Mr. Bailey said.

Now the question is whether or not Simpson violated legal standards and perjured himself in the civil trial. A lot of people already believe Simpson is a liar. Did Simpson lie under oath about the polygraph test, and did Mr. Bailey know about it?

In the civil trial Simpson told the plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Petrocelli that he did not take, much less fail a polygraph test. He claimed he was merely hooked up to the machine to see how it worked. According to Mr. Petrocelli, however, Simpson scored a -22 on the test, a number signifying "extreme deception."

If Simpson continued practicing extreme deception in the courtroom, and Mr. Bailey knew he was lying, then Mr. Bailey should have pursued legal action. "Bailey may have had reason to seek a confidential ethics opinion from the Florida Bar if O.J. did take the test and then lied about taking one in the civil trial," Mark Levin of the Landmark Legal Foundation said.

In fact, a Florida court is currently determining whether or not Mr. Bailey should retain his law license, in light of his dubious dealings in another case. Rather than telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, Simpson and his lawyers have spoken anything but the truth from the beginning. Yet, it is doubtful that much will come of Mr. Bailey's revelation. In this land of liberty, celebrities can literally get away with anything and even make some money while they're at it.

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