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Take a Knee, O. J.

Susan Harmon
Staff Writer  

   Charged liable in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown-Smith and Ronald Goldman, O.J. Simpson once again faces criminal charges.  He could possibly spend time in prison.

   Sep. 13 a group of six armed people including Simpson stormed a room at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas.  

   Their so-called intentions: regaining some of Simpsonís lost memorabilia, now for sale.

   The main trophy Simpson sought: the suit worn on the day he was acquitted in his wife's and Goldman's murders. 

   How sick! 

   Strangely, Simpson then exited with a lithograph of Joe Montana and his cleats, signed baseballs, and the cell phone of the memorabilia dealer he robbed.  Yet, he declares his innocence, saying: ďIn any event, itís stolen stuff thatís mine. Nobody was roughed up.Ē  

   In criminal law, it's simple.  The taking of another person's property, without that person's freely-given consent, describes theft of property. Whether or not the property belonged to Simpson, his group entered the room military-style, armed with guns.  Furthermore, this shows intention to cause harm. 

   A fellow suspect involved in the raid, Walter Alexander, claims he asked Simpson why he hadn't simply told authorities the dealers were planning to sell the signed footballs and framed awards.  

   Alexander stated, "Simpson kind of leaned forward and said 'Do you think you can get some heat? You know, just in case things go wrong. Can you bring some heat?'"

   Yet Simpson denies any involvement using guns. 

   Since Simpsonís checkered past still lingers, the idea of stealing what was stolen reflects his insolent pride. After all, he managed to murder his ex-wife and her friend while avoiding imprisonment.  Then he writes a book, telling how he would have killed them.

   In 2001, fined $25,000 for receiving unauthorized satellite programming, he continued the pattern.  He insisted he had not stolen the company's signal, and pointed out the television remained off when police entered his home.  

   "The evidence was overwhelming since the devices seized in Simpson's home were connected to his TV and in operation and receiving unauthorized signals at the time of the raid," said Dan Fawcett, an executive vice president with DirecTV of California. 

   Whether or not the television showed a picture, the fact stands: the DirecTV representative caught him.  Devices were found that specifically assist in the unauthorized decryption of DirecTV satellite programming. 

   Simpson escaped punishment many times regardless of evidence, but the robbery may finally reveal Simpson at fault. Video surveillance at the hotel and one of the victimís audio recordings puts Simpson in a world of trouble.  It shows his guilt in the crime. (Evidence in the Brown and Goldman murders maintained guilt also, but he obtained his freedom by simple celebrity status.) 

   Criminals tend to repeat their offenses with the same claims and excuses.  I wait for Simpson to blame someone for attempting to frame him.

   The former Heisman trophy winner and star football player deserves to finally get his just rewards and quickly take a knee.

   For more information, try reading:  "The O.J. Simpson Trials: Rhetoric, Media and the Law" by Janice Schuetz and Lin S. Lilley. 

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01/13/2008 03:28:04 PM —