Mid-Southerners on Simpson guilty verdict

Guilty on all 12 counts...that's the verdict in the kidnapping and armed robbery trial of O.J. Simpson.
After the gavel came down in a Los Angeles courtroom, Mid-Southerners had mixed reactions about the verdict.

"I believe he was guilty of it myself," said Memphis resident Bruce Card.

Whether Simpson got what he deserved or received the raw end of the deal depends on whom you ask.

"What goes around comes around," said Rosemary Stoots of Memphis. "I guess that's probably most everyone's thought."

Others say the justice system has been digging for dirt for the past 13 years, ever since a jury acquitted Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

"I think partly he was railroaded in this case," said Memphian Charles Perkins. "Oh, no doubt about it. So, they found something on him."
Card says he believes the previous murder trial had no bearing on this robbery trial.
"It's irrelevant. The criminal justice system works the way it works. He was found innocent the first time, he was found guilty the second time."
And others have an unusual take on the matter.
"I think he's happier," said Vivian Perry of Memphis. "I think he wanted to go to jail. I just think he's felt guilty all these years that he wanted to go. It was stupid."

But everyone agreed it was quite a coincidence that Simpson was found guilty the very same day he was acquitted more than a decade ago, on the 13th day of the month, 13 years later.

"Ironic to say the least," said Stoots. "But the Lord works in strange ways."

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