You may have noticed that Hall of Fame running back/acquitted double murderer/convicted robber, O.J. Simpson has made his way back into the news by appealing to have his 2008 Robbery conviction overturned in Clark County Las Vegas. My question is: Should we be at all surprised by this?
This man is King Narcissist Numero Uno; now it appears his chosen surname, the ubiquitous initials O.J. stand for 'oblivious to justice.' Although you could argue that they already had been for the thirteen years prior to his robbery conviction.
For those who believe he's guilty of the 1994 double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman - see: the majority of Americans, myself included - the news that he would live out the rest of his days behind bars had to be somewhat satisfying. That's exactly why we knew he couldn't stay down for long. Could we have expected anything less from a man who had the audacity to write a tell all book about the murders entitled: If I did it?!
That's what cements O.J.'s legacy of King Narcissist: This is a man who laughs in the face of justice and then cashes in by further antagonizing his victims families - not to mention, spitting on the memories of the ones victimized. All so he can get in his daily 18 rounds of golf at his affluent country club of choice...and maybe bang a couple of guileless young women in between rounds.
On Friday in Las Vegas, his former defense attorney Yale Galanter testified during the evidentiary hearing made possible by his writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial - yet another slap in the face to his victims and their families.
Galanter, defending Simpson's allegation of incompetent counsel, quickly found himself under withering cross-examination from a Simpson lawyer intent on proving that his word couldn't be trusted. Imagine that?! O.J. indicting someone else for being dishonest...
O.J. alleges that Galanter knew ahead of time about his plan gone awry and spent more effort covering up his involvement than representing him. Last week's hearing concluded late Friday with District Judge Marie Bell telling attorneys she will issue her decision in writing. She didn't specify a date.
Simpson was returned to prison custody and his current attorneys, Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, said they were optimistic the judge will grant a new trial. As it stands, O.J. is in the fifth year of serving a 9 to 33 year sentence for the 2008 robbery. He will be 70 before he is eligible for parole.
One can only hope that day will never come.