Saturday, December 6, 2008

UGA Law Professor Says O.J. Simpson Sentence is Fair

According to nationally-recognized trial law expert and University of Georgia law professor Ronald L. Carlson, after today’s sentencing in the kidnapping and armed robbery case in Las Vegas, many will say that O.J. Simpson’s punishment was excessive, as a make-up for his earlier homicide acquittal.

“Simpson’s defense team says the justice system is punishing him for the Los Angeles murders. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“[Clark County District Court] Judge [Jackie] Glass undercut the recommendation which had been made by the court’s parole service, a recommendation of 18 years. Doubtless, those parole officials were moved to advocate a stiff sentence by what Judge Glass described as O.J.’s arrogance. The lack of remorse for an armed attack on hotel room occupants understandably undermines a plea for leniency.

“O.J.’s professed sorrow apparently first surfaced at the sentencing hearing earlier today.

“Appeals will be next but, for the moment, it appears justice was done.

“When O.J. maintained there were no guns displayed in the retrieval of property at the Palace Station Hotel, a denial which was rebutted when several witnesses saw the weapons, his credibility was hopelessly comprised.”

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