They had a hard time trying to find a jury that said they could put that bias aside... I doubt it was completely removed though. Thats pretty hard to do
1. Attempted murder
2. Assault with a deadly weapon
4. Possesion of burglary tools
6. Interference with official acts
The hope was if you didn't find him guilty of attempted murder then hopefully you would find him guilty of one of the 2 assault charges.
We found him innocent on 1-3. Unfortunately 4-6 were a different story.
I've always liked "Interference with Official Acts". It's turned into a catch-all that basically says "We can do whatever we want, and you're gonna like it." Yeah. Kinda like when the British would house soldiers in people's homes, or search them for weapons just because they wanted to.
And "possession of burglary tools"? That's a stitch. You'd be amazed at what's in in your house, your car, or even on your key ring that can be labeled as a "burglary tool".
Another ludicrous one, just to nail people for something, is the drug stamp law. Just an excuse to pile something else on. Essentially double jeopardy. I certainly don't condone drug use, but if contracts that cover illegal activitis aren't binding, then you certainly can't tax illegal drugs. Pure silliness.
So hey, charge O.J. with "unlawful restraint" or something that actually decribes keeping someone from fleeing a hotel room for a few minutes. "Kidnapping"? Right.
The burglary tools was quite a debate during deliberation.
I agree about the drug stamp. If the state is collecting a tax on your drugs (and if you're caught they send you a bill), wouldn't that make them a co-conspirator?
I know its bad to say it, or even think it, but I don't care if the jury was on an agenda in this case. OJ apparently is too stupid to realize that he should just lay low and chill for the rest of his life after getting away with murder, and he gave another jury a chance to right the wrong of the previous jury from 13 years ago.
You should probably be locked up just for being friends with OJ at this point.
Do I think this case was a "make-up" for how the original murder case was handled more than 10 years ago? Yes.
Do I think OJ was "railroaded" in this case? Absolutely.
Do I have an ounce of sympathy for OJ at this point? Not a chance.