It is very difficult to believe that after so many years some local reporters still believe that “most of the public” believes O.J. Simpson is the guy who got away with murder.
I hope and really pray that Judge Linda Bell can block out of her mind the past history of O.J.’s previous trial (which found him not guilty), and concentrate on present issues, contrary to the feelings and beliefs of Judge Jackie Glass, who likely sentenced O.J. Simpson to prison by taking into account the presumption of his guilt based on her beliefs that he was guilty of the murder of his former wife and supposed friend, charges on which he was acquitted.
I am glad I am not part of that “most of the public” group of which others speak because I always believed, and still do, that O.J. Simpson was covering up for someone dear and close to him, and decided to let the public presume he was to blame for that horrible crime.
I followed the “trial of the century” and always wondered just what Ronald Goldman was doing by returning a pair of sunglasses left behind at the restaurant where he worked, in the middle of the night?
Any restaurant employee nowadays would pick up the sunglasses, give them to management, and if they were claimed later on – fine. But if they were not claimed and happened to be a very expensive brand of sunglasses, the employee would hope to inherit them in the near future.
Very seldom would you see a restaurant employee trolling the streets of a city to be a Good Samaritan just to return an item left behind on a table they just served.
Anyway, that is a story of the past.
What really shocked me was to see O.J. Simpson appear in court shackled, shuffling in full-body chains and attached to a chair, unable to even stand up out of respect to the judge when she walked in.
I could not understand the point; he had two Marshal gorillas in back and front of him. Did they think he was going to perform his famous field running back move and run out of the courthouse?
I have seen this treatment many times before, but I have never understood it until I read Oscar Goodman’s book and the chapter on OUR (and I say ourin capital letters) Federal Judge Harry Claiborne.
Oscar Goodman wrote in his book how Harry Claiborne was brought into Capitol Hill for his impeachment hearing in shackles, shuffling in full-body chains and manacles.
Such actions – supposedly done by the marshals – were totally demeaning and degrading to a man who meant a lot to the citizens of Las Vegas.
I believe that Judge Linda Bell still needs to learn a lot from her father. I honestly believe that if Stewart Bell was presiding over that trial, he would have asked the marshals to unshackle O.J. Simpson to properly address the judge, and might even have allowed him to be dressed in other than a prison garment.
Many men believe that a male attorney is much better than a female attorney, but if O.J. Simpson had thought of retaining Patricia Palm five years ago, he would not be asking for a second trial today. He thought that because Yale Galanter was a nationally recognized defense attorney, he would be some kind of holy ointment for his problem. Well, it turned out he was not; he ripped him off in more ways than one, and charged more than half a million dollars for that privilege.
One thing O.J. Simpson needs to remember for the future is that, just for the record, we have lots of qualified attorneys here in Las Vegas, Nevada. No one in need here needs to seek counsel from outsiders.
Patricia Palm has spent seventeen years of her life as a defense attorney.
She has brought along attorneys Oswaldo (Ozzie) Fumo and Thomas Pitaro as co-counsels, and they are three professionals who can shine light at the end of the tunnel.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.