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  •  That reminds me of the sad time of the OJ trial (0+ / 0-)

    when many African Americans, and some people on the Left, said that even if he was the murderer, because their was undoubtedly racism in the LAPD he should get off.  It was not a pleasant era to live in LA.

    •  I don't remembering weighing in on that case (0+ / 0-)

      at the time (which probably makes me almost unique), but although I was deeply suspicious of the guy and convinced he was wife-beating scum whether he was guilty of murder or not, it can't be said that Mark Fuhrman, the botched police procedures, and the incompetent prosecution were OJ's fault.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
      --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

      by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:01:59 PM PST

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      •  It consumed LA (0+ / 0-)

        Between the acquittals of the beaters of Rodney King, the subsequent riots, arson, and looting, and the OJ trial and acquittal , race relations in LA were set back decades.  999 defendants in a 1,000 would have been found guilty with the evidence that was presented, incompetently or not.  True, it wasn't OJ's fault that some of the procedures were botched.  But what was truly disturbing was that essentially everyone knew he was guilty, yet many felt he should get off, not because of incompetent prosecutors or tainted evidence, but because letting him off represented some kind of twisted racial payback for many real crimes committed against African Americans for decades.  So many didn't care if there was "real" racism in the case against OJ or not--there had been enough cop racism before that it still counted.

        That is the same disturbing attitude I see in some in the comments here.

        •  I can't speak for how others felt (0+ / 0-)

          That's for them to do. Me, I thought Simpson was probably guilty, but by the time the trial came to an end I also thought that he should be acquitted nonetheless, not as payback for past racism in the legal system and not because I didn't think he deserved a long stretch behind bars, but because the legal system failed to do what it is supposed to do.  

          As for the 999 out of a 1000 thing, I disagree, at least if we are comparing Simpson to others in his income range. Sure, very likely 999 out of a 1000 defendants with low to average resources would have been convicted on similar evidence. In fact, I know of a case in my own circle of acquaintances in which far more slender evidence (concocted, actually) was sufficient to convict an innocent poor person of color, and that case was accompanied by no less egregious police misconduct. But if we were talking about 999 out of a 1000 millionaires? No, not even close. Their brand of "justice" is a lot more discriminating.

          Regarding the comments here, almost all of the really offbase ones seem just to be overly gullible, trusting that all links actually contain the information a diarist claims they contain.

          My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
          --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

          by leftist vegetarian patriot on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 03:35:32 PM PST

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    •  I actually said (1+ / 0-)
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      he was probably guilty, and should be acquitted, because the Dream Team proved pretty clearly that the LAPD tampered with the evidence (most notably the glove, where Mark Fuhrman took the fifth when asked if he planted it).

      This has nothign to do with systemic racism or anything. It has to do with the physical evidence in the case being unreliable due to malfeasance and thus being a wide enough opening of reasonable doubt to drive a Mack truck through.

      We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

      by raptavio on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:27:04 PM PST

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