I have a friend who was close friends with Ron Goldman and knew Nicole Brown Simpson (they were neighbors and he says she actually babysat him once). Ordinarily his Facebook posts are claptrap about the 2d Amendment and government conspiracies and taxes. This morning he wrote about testifying three times in the OJ case, and sitting across the room from the man who he felt murdered one of his best friends. The rage that he felt was palpable. But he added "When OJ was found innocent in the criminal trial I did not march down the street in protest. I understood why the jurors had made their decision, I did not agree, but I understood and respected it, as I did the civil court decision."
That's pretty much how I feel about this (minus the personal animus, of course). As I looked at the evidence, I didn't find GZs story very credible, nor did I believe his actions to be entirely pure of heart. So you have a man who admits to taking another human life in questionable circumstances suffering no legal consequence of that action. But I understand how reasonable people would come to a different conclusion and believe his story and find him not criminally liable. So I disagree with the verdict, but that sometimes happens. Our justice system isn't perfect, but I'll take it over pretty much any other one on offer.
The foregoing registers as completely bonkers now that I'm reading the story from last year about the woman in FL who had never been in any sort of legal trouble in her life, who fired warning shots at her (allegedly abusive) husband, against whom she had already obtained a protective order.... and was sentenced to the man min 20 years in jail for attempted murder with a firearm. For not
malkinshair wrote:Mark O'Mara (lead defense attorney) also said bluntly that, in his opinion, had GZ been black no charges would've been filed.
That could be turned around to say the same if TM had been white.