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What happened in Vegas

October 07, 2008

Re "Simpson guilty on all counts," Oct. 4

Kudos to the Nevada judicial system. The entire O.J. Simpson trial took about three weeks to complete. The jury deliberated only one day. The judge was a no-nonsense jurist who kept the lawyers in check and kept sidebar conferences and objections to a minimum.

I have served on many juries in Los Angeles County, where jurors are lucky if they hear more than two to three hours of testimony a day and cases are usually bogged down with objections and sidebar conferences. No wonder everyone, including me, hates jury duty.

Maybe it is true that "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," but in this case, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas for a minimum amount of wasted time. We in California should pay attention to our neighbor. This case probably would have taken months to complete here.

Bill Becker

Redondo Beach

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Simpson should consider his convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping a golden opportunity. He'll have a much better chance of finding the real killers in prison than on the golf course.

Lorrie Farrelly

Yorba Linda

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Many have contended that the civil judgment of $33.5 million awarded against Simpson in 1997 was meaningless, as the Goldman family has seen nearly nothing from Simpson since. But the guilty verdict in Las Vegas shows that the civil victory did have an effect: Had the Goldmans not won the right to Simpson's earnings, perhaps Simpson would not have stooped to armed robbery and kidnapping to make money to live.

In the end, the civil verdict paid off, and Simpson may spend the rest of his life in prison. Sometimes justice takes awhile.

Jack Wolf

Westwood

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White America, are you satisfied? Now Simpson has been found guilty. But is he guilty of attempting to recover his own property, or is he guilty of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman?

Simpson is in custody. He may remain in custody for life. I will admit that he put himself in this position. But I do not believe that any 12 jurors could fairly debate a charge against him.

Russell J. Givens Jr.

Los Angeles

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