Friday, April 01, 2005

O.J. 2.0

And so it's begun again. Robert Blake, famed actor and murder suspect, was acquittedof all charges. The uproar was immediate - rightous indignation, questioning of thelegal system, vows to never forgive him. Very familiar, isn't it? Almost like thetrial of a former football player a few years back. Blake and O.J. both need money -they should go on tour. Call it the Injustice Tour, where they go around the country,stand on stage, and let people throw vegetables and abuse at them for two hours.

To be honest, I had the same reaction when I heard Blake was acquitted. "Howcould this happen? He's guilty, isn't he? Jay Leno said so." So unlike most people, I actually went to CourtTV and did some reading up on the trial. I'm not saying Blake is innocent, but just like O.J., the case wasn't as open-and-shut as everyone led me to believe. There wasn't a shred of direct evidence tying him to the murder. No fingerprints, no murder weapon, no witnesses, nothing. So I suggest all those who are quick to judge Blake do the research.

Bottom line - it's not society's job to judge and execute punishment. That's what courts are for. The court found Blake innocent. Move on, people. Like there's a chance of that happening.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

The media tends to put things in little compartments like "Innocent" and "Guilty" without basing it on fact. While everyone may be 'sure' a man's guilty, our justice system cannot convict a man of murder without direct proof.
Thank goodness.
"It's better that 1000 guilty men go free than one innocent man be imprisoned"