AP Exclusive: OJ Simpson says 'Life is fine' after prison

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Kenngo1969 , 00
    June 11, 2019 5:29 a.m.

    DN Subscriber - Cottonwood Heights UT: "... while he can afford golf fees and other things most people would consider luxuries, he chooses to not pay a dime towards the judgements against him.

    "Legally, he is doing fine. Morally, he is as despicable a person who ever lived. And, he does not care."

    Oh, I don't know, DN Subscriber. Perhaps I was too hard on Mr. Simpson in my previous comment. Since the tragic deaths of his wife and her friend, Mr. Simpson has made good on his promise to conduct a tireless search for The Real Killer ... on every golf course in America.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2019 9:54 p.m.

    "....Simpson is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events he attends occasionally."
    ===========

    Given the truth of that statement, is it really any wonder that our country has been in such a downward slide for at least the last couple decades when it comes to basic decency and morality?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 7:09 p.m.

    Even though he was not convicted of the double murder, he was found guilty on civil charges and owes the (I wanted to say "his") victims' families over $58 million. But, ironically, much of his income and assets are protected from seizure to pay such judgements. And, while he can afford golf fees and other things most people would consider luxuries, he chooses to not pay a dime towards the judgements against him.

    Legally, he is doing fine. Morally, he is as despicable a person who ever lived. And, he does not care.

  • Betcha Waltham, MA
    June 10, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    It is amazing to me that every commandment has been made legal, you can lie about your neighbor, you can have an affair and commit adultery, you can bear false witness, and you won't be punished, O.J. Simpson taught us that you can even get away with murder , when you have a great legal team. Wow, if you want to know what this world is coming to, just read the Bible, we are repeating everything , every society did in those days.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 10, 2019 6:38 p.m.

    Just totally to hard for conservatives people to believe that Mark Fuhrman killed the OJ case?

    Fuhrman was known to use racist slurs.

    Fuhrman lied and said he hadn't in the past ten years.

    OJ's defense proved him a liar.

    Fuhrman plead the Fifth when asked if he planted evidence.

    You cannot lie to a judge and jury and expect to prosecute your case.

    Mark Fuhrman is the reason the case failed.

    OJ won his freedom because Mark Fuhrman lied!

    Move on with your lives.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 10, 2019 4:28 p.m.

    I am convinced that OJ Simpson is one of the 10 guilty that go free so that we avoid wrongly convicting the 1 innocent man.

    His trial is evidence of why police officers must be held to a higher standard. 1-In this day and age they have to be very careful of even their private, off-duty conduct. 2-They must never, ever prevaricate in the least on the stand. If one once told a unPC joke or used naughty language on the 6th grade playground, he better admit it frankly if asked under oath.

    Whatever doubt reasonable people may have had about his guilt following his trial and acquittal had to have been eliminated with his "If I Did It" book and then with his criminal assault and conviction in Nevada.

    Unreasonable people who worship or idolize someone simply because he has athletic skills or is famous for playing likable characters, will continue to make excuses. That is their right.

    He was acquitted and is legally innocent. He was found civilly liable. And his conduct post trial speaks volumes.

    When he faces his final judge, there will be no lawyers and no doubt at all about what he did or why. I believe payment will come due, with very heavy interest at that point.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2019 4:25 p.m.

    "Paid enough, already". Are you lucid? The man brutally killed two people which fact was verified in a civil trial. His penalty: pay $33.5 million to the families of the victims. Has he paid it all? -not even a penny.

    He got off because of his celebrity status and the use of the most inept prosecution team in court history.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    RE: "The jury returned the correct verdict for the case presented"...
    ---
    How do you explain the DNA evidence (OJs blood mixed with both victim's blood at the scene)? Usually that's Conclusive evidence.

    It wasn't just the glove. There was also very conclusive DNA evidence. But his lawyers were able to systematically play on people's fears (especially race baiting and fear of corruption in the LAPD), to get the jury to dismiss it all in their minds. Because they obscured it enough that even his blood mixed with the blood of the victims wasn't "Proof".

    How can you explain OJ's blood mixed with the victims blood on the scene of the crime? You can't. You can only discredit and discredit and smear and smear people till the Jury doesn't know what to believe.

    That's not the Prosecution's fault. They don't pick which police officers go to the scene and which evidence they find or who processes the blood evidence from the scene.

    The Prosecution presents the evidence. They did. OJs attorneys were just very good at smearing people and setting up fear. Fear in jury's mind of getting it wrong. Fear of possibility of an LAPD conspiracy against a black man.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2019 1:42 p.m.

    The Simpson trial was a prime example of "fake news". The trial was televised on live TV, with a summary on the evening news. I had the opportunity to watch several days of the trial and was surprised that the media summary didn't match what actually happened in court.

    If you only watched the evening news, you were surprised by the verdict because they had slanted everything to "guilty". Those that actually watched the trial were not surprised by the verdict at all. It was more than "the glove didn't fit". Everyday, the prosecution failed in making their case.

    Debate his guilt or innocence, but the jury returned the correct verdict for the case presented.

  • Elsleuth Valencia, Ca
    June 10, 2019 1:12 p.m.

    Changing the trial from Beverly Hills or Brentwood where it occurred to downtown was a huge mistake.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 12:55 p.m.

    I wonder if he's ever apologized to the family of his victims... Can you really repent without even apologizing?

    They can't try him again, it would be double-jeopardy. He may as well apologize and get the process of healing started. They would know what happened for sure, and he would be out in the open and could start working on forgiveness instead of just denial all the time.

    It's gotta be a painful place for him too. Knowing what he did, and denying it 24x7x364 hoping he never slips up.

    And for the families of the victims (constantly wondering if he did it or the murderer is still out there, or being confident he did it but got away with it).

    If I were him I would just confess so everybody can get started on the healing process. But could they then charge him with Obstruction? I don't know. He did try to hide what he did and lied to police, destroyed evidence, and lied in his pre-trial depositions. Is that Obstructing the investigation?

  • Semi-PRO Brigham City, UT
    June 10, 2019 12:54 p.m.

    Seems like a lot of people here don’t believe in forgiveness.

  • ji_ Ketchikan, AK
    June 10, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    I don’t know if the jury got it right — but still I support the jury system. The jury said “Not Guilty,” and I accept that.

    Life goes on.

  • birwin Herrmian, UT
    June 10, 2019 11:28 a.m.

    'Life is fine' ... for those still living.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    June 10, 2019 11:29 a.m.

    Living the life of 'total exoneration'...

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 10:59 a.m.

    Flashback
    RE: "He should be doing life but the inept prosecutors and judge kept that from happening"...
    ---
    It wasn't because the prosecution blew it. They put on a good case. There was tons of evidence presented. He got off because he's a celebrity, and his lawyers played the race-card perfectly. And because of the issues going on with the LAPD at the time (trust issues).

    ===

    It's OK that his life is fine now, but it would have been nice if the family of the victims got some justice in this case. They didn't. Nobody was held accountable for their son/daughter/brother/sister's murders.

    Their grieving process was probably pretty horrible. It went on for so long (the trial). And in the end no justice for them. And they knew who did it. Almost everybody knew who was responsible for their deaths.

    He's doing good now. Wonder how the relatives of his victims are doing.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 10, 2019 10:54 a.m.

    @xert

    "I mean--hasn't he paid enough already?"

    Considering he should be in prison today for double murder, I'd say no, he hasn't paid enough already.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 10, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    Let me refresh your memories:

    Mark Fuhrman is a former detective of the LAPD. He is known for his part in the O.J. Simpson murder case.

    In 1995, Fuhrman was called to testify regarding his discovery of evidence in the Simpson case, including a bloody glove recovered at Simpson's estate. Fuhrman was known to have used a racist epithet toward African Americans during the early 1980s but claimed on the stand that he had not used that term in the last ten years. Simpson's defense team produced recorded interviews with Fuhrman and witnesses showing that he had repeatedly used racist language during this period. Later (with the jury absent), when asked under oath whether he had planted or manufactured evidence in the case, Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right and declined to answer. According to the defense, this raised the possibility that Fuhrman had planted key evidence as part of a racially motivated plot against Simpson. The audiotape proving that Fuhrman perjured himself — thereby undermining the credibility of the prosecution — has been cited as one reason Simpson was acquitted.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 10, 2019 10:33 a.m.

    It's tough to hear about our sports heroes going through a tough time mostly because of the sensationalistic media, but it seems like it's all worked out pretty well for the Juice. We all make mistakes and let our temper get the best of us at times, (and from those photos--OJ really threw a fit that night...) but if we keep a positive attitude, there's no reason why we can't all live happy lives in a warm climate and play a lot of golf. I do think that the Goldmans and the Browns could stand to be a little more forgiving. What has it been? Like 25 years? Sheesh--let it go! I mean--hasn't he paid enough already? He doesn't really even get to be a celebrity anymore and he has to live in Nevada!

  • Kenngo1969 , 00
    June 10, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    "The town has been good to me," Simpson said. "Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here."

    Everyone you meet apologizes to you for the fact that you were convicted of crimes you committed and sent to prison for them? Hmm. That's interesting. Everyone has his own brand of justice, I suppose.

  • estebanborup Brunswick, GA
    June 10, 2019 9:39 a.m.

    Lookin' happy and buff. Still like watching his Hertz TV commercials, runnin' thru airports.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    Life may be fine for him, but not so much for his victims and their families who had to grieve their murder and then go through the rest of their lives without them, and without justice for their horrible deaths.

    That would be the worst part to me if I were their parents or siblings... The fact that you know who did it, but the justice system gave you zero justice and only catered to the perpetrator of the crime the whole trial. And ignored you and your family and the victims.

    ===

    Flashback,
    It wasn't totally the prosecution's fault. It was his race, and his celebrity status that got him off. That and his ability to hire a dream-team of lawyers to play the media and the jury like a fiddle.

    The prosecution put on a good case. You should remember the piles and piles of evidence. But all that evidence didn't matter, because the media was on his side and his lawyers were able to play the race card and make it all about race, and pretend the police only investigated and accused him because of his race.

    If they didn't have the race card in the OJ case and the advantages of being a celebrity... the victims and their families would have gotten justice.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 10, 2019 8:22 a.m.

    He should be doing life but the inept prosecutors and judge kept that from happening.