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We covered a lot of cases on our network in 2008, from exonerations to gay marriage. And while Osama Bin Laden's driver was tried by the first Military Commission at Gitmo and the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions on lethal injection, the right bear arms and even presidential powers, the biggest legal story of the year, at least for most Americans, was probably O.J. That’s right O.J. Simpson, back in court, back on trial and now going to jail.
He was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping 13 years to the day of his acquittal on double murder charges. The families of Nicole Brown Simpson and especially that of Ronald Goldman have been pursuing Simpson ever since. And so have we, in the public. Difficult for us to let it go. To accept that the state of California didn’t make its case, but the state of Nevada did. And now, America finally has what it has wanted from all these years.
But while we pursued O.J. with a passion, our own civil rights have been undermined by our government. We’ve invested billions in two wars overseas and we’ve allowed Wall Street executives to get away with, well not murder, but at least a whole lot of looting of Wall Street.
That’s why I think we’ve finally come full circle in the O.J. Simpson saga. With a new president in a time of crisis, I predict in 2009, Americans will care more about the bigger issues that will affect our children and their children for decades to come.
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