They Still Hating on "The Juice"
By Sinclere Lee
LAS VEGAS (BNW) Its been over ten tears since O.J. got away with killing his wife and her friend, and now it appears that new charges will finally do him in. Now, they got him accused of armed robbery in Vegas for taking back some football memorabilia O.J. said belonged to him. These whites in America that hate "The Juice" so are the same ones that hate Blacks as a race. Their hatred of O.J. is manifested in their hatred of us as a race. Don't you feel it?
Now, who can say that the Juice has not been rehabilitated by the criminal justice system? Its armed robbery this time, as we all know, it could have been murder!
The Juice was acquitted in 1995, of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but was arrested and held without bail on Sunday in connection with a suspected armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room last week.
To many, particularly in minority communities, the trial of Orenthal James Simpson became not so much a determination of his guilt or innocence of murder in the first degree, beyond a reasonable doubt, but whether or not a black man could find justice in a legal system designed by and largely administered by whites. To others, many of whom were white, the key question was whether a mostly minority jury would convict a black celebrity regardless of the weight of evidence against him.
To others, the tragic deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman always seemed stage left, as the man on trial for their murders commanded center stage in his fight to prove bigotry and racism were the real issues on trial, using a pack of slick lawyers willing to circumnavigate the parameters of legal etiquette and acceptable courtroom manners to achieve their objectives, transforming their client, an accused double murderer, into some kind of political prisoner.
Simpson, 60, was taken into custody at the Palms hotel just off the Las Vegas strip on Sunday morning without incident and booked on suspicion of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and burglary, Las Vegas police said. If convicted on all charges, Simpson could face some three decades in behind bars.
Simpson will be held without bail pending a court hearing on Thursday, Sgt. John Loretto said.
Las Vegas police on Saturday night arrested another man they believe was with the former star athlete during the suspected theft of Simpson-related sports souvenirs and other items and said they were searching for four others.
They also said they seized two handguns they believe are related to the Thursday night incident, which was reported by a sports memorabilia dealer as an armed robbery in his room at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.
When asked if police believed Simpson was wielding a gun, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols told reporters, "We don't have any info that would lead us to believe he was armed."
Representatives for the Palms and Simpson's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Orenthal James, or O.J., Simpson, who parlayed his fame as an athlete into a career in movies and television before the murder trial one of the most sensational in U.S. history, ended his career in Hollywood, previously told police and the media he did nothing wrong in Las Vegas.
"I'm not walking around feeling sad or anything. I've done nothing wrong," he said in an interview published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.
Simpson told the paper that "golfing buddies and some of their friends" accompanied him to a meeting at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino to help him retrieve sports memorabilia, personal photos and other items he said had been stolen by a former sports agent.
Simpson who lives in Miami, Florida, said an auctioneer set up the meeting with the sellers. He said the men in his party were unarmed.
"I'm O.J. Simpson. How am I going to think that I'm going to rob somebody and get away with it?" he said. "You've got to understand, this ain't somebody going to steal somebody's drugs or something like that. This is somebody going to get his private (belongings) back. That's it. That's not robbery."
After he was acquitted in the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, a civil court jury found Simpson responsible for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to their families.
The former National Football League star, nicknamed "The Juice" during his playing days, has had other minor brushes with police since 1995.
Simpson's latest legal flap comes as Simpson's book "If I Did It," which includes a hypothetical account of his ex-wife's murder, was hitting store shelves. The book is No. 2 on Amazon.com's best-seller list.
O.J. Simpson walked into a Las Vegas hotel room barking orders, hurling profanities and repeatedly accusing someone of stealing his things, according to a recording that a celebrity news Web site claims came from the incident.
O. J., now 60, was in an isolation cell at a Las Vegas jail Monday in connection with an alleged sports memorabilia heist. He is being held on robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy charges, according to police.
A Tuesday hearing will determine if Simpson will be granted bail, said Michael Sommermeyer, a spokesman for the Clark County District Court. Simpson will not attend the hearing, but he could appear via videoconference at a later hearing if bail is denied Monday, Sommermeyer said.
Sommermeyer said earlier the hearing was scheduled for Monday, but the Web site for the Clark County Detention Center later said the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
No reason was given for denying bail to the Hall of Fame running back.
Simpson is accused of leading an armed entourage into a hotel room at the Palace Station Hotel-Casino where they made off with several items of sports memorabilia Thursday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.
An audio recording on TMZ.com portrays an angry Simpson ordering people to stay in the hotel room and questioning the audacity of the person he thinks stole from him.
"Don't let nobody out of this room," Simpson says to one person in the room before turning his ire on the person he believes took his things. "Mother [expletive], you think you can steal my [expletive] and sell it?"
He asks the latter question several times on the tape before one of the men in the room says, "Mike took it."
Simpson responds, "I know [expletive] Mike took it." A few seconds later, he tells one of the men, "I always thought you were a straight shooter." The man responds, "I'm cool. I am."
Simpson says he was merely retrieving items that belonged to him, and that no guns were involved. But one of the victims, Bruce Fromong, describes the incident as a "home-invasion type robbery," and police say they've retrieved the guns that were used.
Fromong said Simpson walked in with several companions, two of whom leveled guns at the people in the room. The other victim, Alfred Beardsley, told TMZ.com that Simpson later called him to apologize and said he regretted the incident.
Auctioneer Thomas Riccio told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas on Friday that he informed Simpson that someone had called him about selling some of Simpson's belongings on consignment. Simpson told Riccio the items had been stolen, Riccio said.
Riccio, who TMZ.com says is the source of the profanity-laced recording, further told KVVU that Simpson entered the room while Riccio was being shown the items. Simpson did not break in, and there were no guns, Riccio said.
Las Vegas police Lt. Clint Nichols, however, says witness interviews undercut Simpson's story and police have retrieved two guns they say were used during the incident.
"We don't believe anybody was roughed up, but there were firearms involved in the commission of the robbery," Nichols said.
Also, Nichols said, it's debatable whether every item Simpson took from the hotel room belongs to him. Some of the items had Simpson's signature, Nichols said, but there were other things taken, including "some Joe Montana cleats and some signed baseballs and other stuff."
Simpson was booked Sunday evening on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of armed burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, Las Vegas police Capt. James Dillon said.
Simpson was being held in isolation at the Clark County jail because he is a high-profile inmate, Dillon said.
The robbery counts alone carry prison sentences of up to 30 years each. The other charges carry one- to six-year sentences.
A co-defendant, Walter Alexander, faces similar charges in an investigation Dillon has called "dynamic" and ongoing.
Police retrieved the weapons after the 46-year-old Alexander gave them information leading to three search warrants, Dillon said. Along with the guns, which Dillon says are the same firearms used by Simpson's entourage, police also found property that was reported stolen and clothes worn by the suspects.
Alexander returned to his home in Mesa, Arizona, Saturday night or Sunday morning after being released from jail on his own recognizance, Dillon said.
Simpson told CNN on Sunday that he didn't know why Alexander was arrested, but "the truth will come out."
The Heisman Trophy winner was arrested hours later at his room in the Palms Resort Hotel, where he was staying for a friend's wedding.
Sunday's charges come more than a dozen years after the 1994 stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman.
Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995. In 1997, a jury found him liable for their deaths in a civil case brought by the Goldman family. Simpson was ordered to pay the Brown and Goldman families $33.5 million.
Fromong, one of the victims in the alleged hotel heist, testified in the civil case that prices for Simpson collectibles had dropped substantially since the 1995 verdict. His testimony buttressed the defense contention that Simpson could not afford to pay the Browns and Goldmans.
Simpson recently wrote a book originally titled "If I Did It." He planned to publish it himself, but his book deal was canceled after a public outcry. A bankruptcy judge gave the book rights to the Goldmans.
The Goldmans renamed the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer." It hit bookstores Thursday, the same day of the alleged memorabilia heist.
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