Monday, December 8, 2008

When O.J. Simpson was acquitted by a jury in his celebrated first trial in 1995, he was given the opportunity afford to few double-murderers — the ability to go free and build a new life. He could conceivably have become a model citizen, kept his big mouth shut, and faded into the woodwork, never again to see the inside of a jail cell. This would presume, though, that Simpson is a civilized, sensible human being who is grounded in reality, which he is not.

There is now, thankfully, some gratification for the survivors of murder victims Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman: He is going to jail for at least nine, and as many as thirty-three years.

Thank God O. J. Simpson will not be terrorizing any member of the public for at least the next nine years, and perhaps not for the rest of his life. Sometimes, the justice system gets it right.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.



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