Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Juice no longer loose

Thirteen years to the very day that a jury in Los Angeles acquitted Orenthal James Simpson of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, another jury in Las Vegas convicted him on some other very serious charges: Armed robbery and kidnapping, related to what OJ claimed was an attempted retrieval of sports memorabilia stolen from him.

I never cease to find it amazing that celebrities or politicians or media personalities wind up in jail not for the big things they do, but for the smaller things for related or unrelated actions that come back to bite them in bigger ways. Off the top of my head, I can only think of two, and both wound up in trouble for tax evasion which was much easier to prove because no one was scared enough to testify on a tax case: Capone murdered or ordered the murder of dozens while Agnew took bribes in office.

How truly odd it is that OJ could spend the rest of his life in jail not for murder but for attempting to take back items that were worth perhaps in the thousands of dollars and with a gun no less. If there is any justice, only one major celebrity bothered to hang around the second trial and that was Dominick Dunne who is working on his final book about, surprise, celebrity justice. Even Marcia Clark who was credentialled to the insipid Entertainment Tonight for this trial, decided to take a pass.

So, how to mark this occasion -- well, I know this is morbid, but how about some music from another Juice: Juice Newton. The Sweetest Thing was too obvious, so I settled on Angel of the Morning.

Yeah, yeah, I know ... but in these times we all could use a laugh.

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