Disclaimer: you are not in 1994. Donald Trump’s hair is running for president. The New York Knicks are still a terrible team. But that is OJ Simpson on your television, or at least Cuba Gooding Jr. portraying The Juice. For you millenials, Orenthal J Simpson was a well accomplished American football player whose athletic speed and initials earned him the aforementioned nickname. For you elders, yes, we are going to talk about OJ again.
Uh, is there a point to this story Grandpa?
While there may not be any new factual information from the TV series, we certainly get a peek at the possible theatrics that took place behind closed doors during that saga. We know how it affected Nicole’s family, how it made superstars out of stiff lawyers, and how it encouraged news broadcasters to interrupt an NBA Finals game (nothing short of a national emergency would do that today). But did you know that the OJ epic is a contributing factor to our overcrowded prisons? What about a reason that monetary bail amounts are set so high? On those charges he is definitely guilty.
Flashback to the hearings of the murder case. A recorded 911 call made by the victim Nicole Brown was played for the jury in which she is frantically explaining to the operator that OJ had broken into her home while he can be heard in the background yammering like a madman. After it was established that OJ had been that crazy aggressive ex-boyfriend whom a lot of girls can sadly relate to, it would seem that the authorities could have done something a little more given the intensity of the 911 call. Nicole said the guy wasn’t drinking or on drugs and yet he broke the back door down! Instead the officers showed up, OJ went home, and Nicole back inside her home. If OJ did indeed “do it,” could that have been prevented if they had arrested OJ that night? The justice system seems to think so.
Now, when the authorities receive a call about domestic violence or the possible threat of domestic violence, enforcement is more than likely to be dispatched. Then more likely than not, someone is going to be arrested. This leads to more pre-trial inmates, more bail necessity, and more court proceedings. Is this procedure appropriate to punish those who get in trouble over disputes? Are the consequences enough to influence future instances of domestic violence?
WHY IS EVERYONE YELLING AT EVERYONE!?
Bond agencies see these cases much more often than they would like to. It’s actually so common that if arrest conditions were more loose and bail amounts weren’t as high, domestic violence could potentially be abusrdly rampant. The overcrowded jails that are forced to release criminals earlier than their sentenced time show just exactly how much of this is going on. There is a painfully obvious missing piece to help prevent and deter these occurances. Should there be some sort of requirement at the case hearing for educational programs that help defendants learn how to handle anger, disagreements, and quarrels? If the court’s hands are tied from implementing such a plan then who does the obligation fall to?
The other stand against domesic violence is the increase in bail amounts post Simpson murder trial. The typical amount of bail in these cases can be relatively low – that is, relatively low to the rest of the bail schedule. Don’t be fooled though as it is still a costly endeavor to get sent to jail over fights, abuse, etc. Higher monetary bail means the courts are showing that they aren’t messing around with crimninal offenses.
I just want to see how it ends
So while the younger generation is on the edge of their seat eagerly awaiting to see what happens at the end, the rest of us just want it to end. Let’s keep talking about what can proactively be done so that, at the very least, we see OJ on TV never more.
Then again there is that Heisman Trophy heist.
And that darn knife.