December 5th, 2008
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/05/08

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O.J. Simpson sentenced to 15 years in prison. He says what he did was stupid and he's sorry, but his crimes will keep him behind bars for at least 9 years. Did his rambling apology in court help or hurt his case?

And, as the auto industry begs for billions of dollars, more than half a million jobs were lost in November. Will that grim jobs report help the Big 3's case?

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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Narcissists like OJ believe that they are above everyone else and think that they can get away with saying and doing anything they want, but sometimes they end up paying the price.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Eric

    I think it is a very sad day in American jurisprudence, the state of Nevada and for any one who may be faced with proceding in the criminal justice system. Some if not most of the charges against Mr. Simpson are over kill. Charges bostered, charges on steriods. A confrontation most of which has been recorded smell of set up. In addition how do you make a case for kidnapping when the law is clear and the statements are clear that at most it was false imprisonment?

    December 5, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Linda

    Well, I guess everyone is happy now.
    I agree with what someone said about, I would have left the country, he knew since his aquittal that they were out to get him no matter how long it took. But according to what the pundits are saying its seem like he was really convicted of what he was aquitted of over what 13-14 yrs ago. If not O.J. I doubt that anyone else would have gotten any more than a couple of years. People do arm robbery, bank hold ups, child abuse and killed people who get less time.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Frank H. St. Petersburg, Florida

    OJ has gotten away with so much over the years. He is an Actor and it really showed today. It is really unfortunate how his life has declined. I believe he has finally gotten sentenced to what should have come many years ago. It is actually two little, to late. I hope this brings alittle Peace to the Goldman faamily. It will never make up for their loss. Even though this case had nothing to do with his murder trial, I think what goes around, comes around really fits this situation.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  5. ericacnn

    happy friday, bloggers – and a busy one!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  6. missy

    Anderson, why is OJ the lead story? Haven't we heard enough from him?

    December 5, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Catrina Turner

    I think that OJ's sentencing was an injustice. I do agree he should suffer repercussions for how he confronted these people. I just think it's an atrocity that he would be sentenced in honesty for what happened in 1994. Not for any crime that has just occurred. I feel OJ would never receive a just trial by his peers only a calculated effort to indict a man based on an private individual's opinion. That is not justice. That is not how it should be in a court of law.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Paolo

    Hi everyone! When OJ Simpson said he didn't know he was doing anything wrong, I wondered what is not wrong with using weapons to get them. He could have just called the police.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Minou, New York City

    I feel sorry for the kids! He robbed them of their mother and by doing that, he removed himself from them, too.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Patty Rogers

    Finally, vindication for the two innocent people he killed in 1994.
    Everyone has prayed for this day and OJ Simpson will finally pay his debt to society for the brutal and horrific murders he escaped paying for. Maybe he will finally tell the truth someday to the family and children's life he destroyed.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  11. lampe

    Jim: the only way Ron Goldman set up OJ, was from the grave. Now, if your talking about Fred Goldman, then maybe you might have a good question. OJ put himself in this position, nobody held a gun to his head. He though he was above the law, now he has time to think about what he should have done instead. Like maybe go to the Cops, and report those items stolen.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  12. mike/ jersey

    it was a setup !!!!!! light cameras action>............... oh yeah we also had hidden audio........... Damn if dat aint a setup.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  13. tonya

    He looks terrible, I just don't see him toning down in prison..he will
    still kick up some trouble!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. sara

    There are so many wonderful people in ur area and around the world , and all cameras and spotlights are just on a criminal?!?

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  15. ashley - willis, tx

    if he gets out before 9 years from now, i'll be extremely pissed. that's why i'm glad i live in texas, he would be rotting on death row right now..."You do the crime, you do the time"...i love it!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Lynda - Indiana

    Love the judges comment.....arrogant, ignorant or both!! Good job Judge Jackie!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The judge is right OJ is arrogant and ignorant.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Renee

    Yes, Avery, that is Obama's speechwriter that has a position now in his Administration at the White House.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Confronting friends with a gun? I think OJ is very confused and out of touch with his reality.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  20. Nick Campanale

    If the crime fits you must convict !! I am Happy he is going to serve some time for a less crime!!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Renee

    When all is said OJ is going to look like any other guy in prison. I am sure he will be ranting and raving to boast his ego but at the end of the day an orange jumpsuit is an orange jumpsuit. I hope he gets some highway clean up time in the sun.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Avery

    that was Obama's speech writer?
    it does appear that Obama and his advisers treat women funny.
    my motherinlaw hated when obama referred to that one reporter
    as "sweetie".

    December 5, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Mary

    OJ's personal plea did not help, period. Would of, could of, should of.
    Sounds like the big 3! Looks like the unemployment rate will be even higher for December, if the Big 3 can't bridge their auto loans to nowhere. The common denominator between the two, is that it isn't their faults, but someone elses. What has happened to accountability?

    December 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Go Jeffrey, Go! Right on target with his description of O.J.
    Curtis Jo
    Yes...... He is right on and I agree with Jeffrey Toobin.... what he said.

    I agree with Jeff Toobin – extreme narcissism all the way.
    Yes, That's true!!!!! Go Jennifer!!! I agree with you too.......

    December 5, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Natalia, England

    Morning all (3am in the UK)!
    You can always count on an OJ Simpson trial being almost as entertaining as the Naked Gun films he stared in!
    It's actually quite sad to see someone as high profile as Simpson, who frankly should know better, see his reputation shattered by an act of pure stupidity.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica? everyone. OJ should not have gone in to that room, could've called the police, lots of options, should not have had or allowed, I'm not sure what happened, a firearm to be there. There is, though a dispute here, and I wonder if he should be convicted of armed robbery. Overall a terrible situation.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    It didn't seem just that OJ Simpson was acquitted in the murder trial. Though separate, the satisfaction of a guilty verdict and sentence in this case comes across at least as a remedy for the non-conviction years ago. Either way, it isn't a good situation.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The problem with OJ is that he put himself above everything and everyone else including his wife, his children, and even the law.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    OJ probably write another book while in prison.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  30. elisabeth meier

    hey everyone, good evening,
    i cant remember that oj was crying for his exwife nicole... sometimes life is really strange. does he get now the penalty he should have get before

    December 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think that apology was a bad thought out excuse.He knew what he was doing and he meant to hurt the people involved and he knew what he was doing was unlawful. His apology is full of ( insert your own word here) and he is very narcissistic

    December 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Mindy

    Good evening to Anderson, and Erica and all bloggers.

    I saw OJ live today. Finally he is getting only some of what he deserved. The judge was extremely fair, considering the severity of the charges.

    For those here who think this is too lenient, keep in mind that OJ must serve at least nine years, but he is not guaranteed parole after he completes the minimum sentence. He may just have to serve longer.

    I have no sympathy at all for OJ. He still doesn't get it. Same old OJ. He thinks he can break the law and threaten people with a gun and hold them against their will and get away with it.

    With all due respect to Jeffrey Toubin, I think justice has been served. This was a crime, a violent act and he deserves to go to prison. No special rules for OJ.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I have no sympathy for OJ. Finally the Goldmans and the Browns are getting some justice knowing that he will finally be going to prison. However, I doubt he will serve the full sentence.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Jennifer - Michigan

    I agree with Jeff Toobin – extreme narcissism all the way.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    but his all fault to blame to kidnapping and robbery all the items? yes of course...

    December 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Susan, Mi

    Good evening Anderson, tgif, sure am glad to see that OJ will be off the golf course for a few years.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    What a lon, long ramble from OJ. I wonder if the judge fell asleep during that endless speech.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. CurtisJo

    Go Jeffrey, Go! Right on target with his description of O.J.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Lori from IL

    Hi, Anderson, Erica and all -

    What an acting job by OJ today. Not exactly the way our justice system is supposed to work, but I think he's finally getting a little bit of what he deserved.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Renee

    "I didn't know I was doing anything illegal!" Right OJ!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. elisabeth meier

    hey everone, good evening/morning or whatever....
    isnt it strange that o.j. simpson now gets a penalty he maybe should have get years ago? sometimes life is really strange? i dont remember him crying when his exwife was killed

    December 5, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Jim Phoenix Az.

    Is there any chance that Ron Goldman set OJ up for this?

    December 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Renee

    Amen, it is over for the Goldmans and Nicole! It is sick but hearing OJ beg for mercy is kind of fun.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello Bloggers! Bring out the tissues....nothing like some good Friday nite OJ drama!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm |

    hi anderson& erica oj must have been the dumbest man alive, after being acquitted he should have left the country, this was much about nothing had it been someone else it would'nt have a case. but so long oj the goldmans, and the browns. youve got what you wanted.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Stacy

    You're leading with OJ?!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    Hi all,
    I'm glad they finally got OJ! What's 7 years in prison considering what he did? But a few years is better than nothing.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. It looks like karma has came back and got OJ right in the backside. If I were the judge I would have gave him the 33 years

    December 5, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica and best bloggers.....
    Happy Friday night!! Thank God It's Friday!!!! I can't wait forward this weekend!
    I am disappointed with Judge Glass told O.J. Simpson will stay prison long time 33 years max instead 9 years prison..... too harsh for him too long stay jail... Ouch! I think his attorneys will file appeal to released from prison......... Oh boy!!!!

    December 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi there Anderson, Glad to be with you tonight.
    How about OJ's performance today? I thought it was bad and insincere.

    December 5, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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