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On Monday the boss of all the FOX networks weighed in on the O.J. controversy. Rupert Murdoch called the O.J. TV interview and O.J. confession book an "ill-conceived project" and cancelled both of them. So if anybody says your voice doesn't count, remind him or her of this episode.
Obviously the public reaction to this project weighed heavily on the minds of the big FOX bosses, and so people who objected strenuously carried the day. What it also says to me is the verdict is still a raw wound in the mind of the public in this country.
When you look at the evidence that came into court in the civil trial, when you look at O.J.'s pathetic performance on the stand in that case, when you look at the Bruno Magli shoes that left the footprints in the blood and which were seen in pictures on O.J.'s feet, when you add it all up, only an unreasoning person would still harbor doubts that Simpson did it.
Many African-Americans were glad to see a black man — O.J. — buy his way out of a guilty verdict, as many more white men have done before him. If the color the legal system responds to is green, black people were just glad to see it was a black man wielding green power for once.
But the facts eventually sink in.
People were angry with the verdict 11 years ago and time has not washed away the bitterness, evidently. Compounding that fact was Florida law. O.J. could move the money artfully and keep it from going to the Goldman and Brown families.
It's over. No book. No TV interview.
Except you can't unring a bell. At least according to Judith Regan, who did the interview, O.J. confessed.
Oops. The cat is out of the bag.
Perhaps the public will be pleased most that Simpson has evidently admitted his guilt, and there is a chance he won't get anything for it. Which is the way it should be, of course.
It's not justice, but it's probably as close as anybody can come in this case.
As I've said before, he should be on death row at San Quentin and the real offense in all of this is the simple fact that he is not.
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