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Johnny Crow

It is funny being here in Vegas with all this media buzz. In fact I had to have a photo lineup (I was robbed back in July) moved a few times because a lot of the detectives are busy trying to help out in this high profile case.

I hate to be the devils advocate but we should treat this just like any other incident that someone else would have been in. All the charges that have been brought against him are probably going to be lightened and he will be offered a plea bargain because he knows that no matter what the truth is any Jury would convict him because of his past, plain and simple. The reports that I have read say that he never had a gun but was present and at least somewhat in control. Those with the weapons should and probably will receive harsher punishments unless of course they plea bargain to say that he was the head conspirator. Most of it will be bullshit and hearsay as evidence, except for the victims testimony, physical evidence (such as a weapon) and corresponding evidence that it was his or in his possession. The audio tape may be inadmissible because it is actually a felony to record someone without their consent whether by a notice or by a statement. Now it MAY be admissible if it was being used to record a conversation going on prior that was legitimate and subsequently recorded the break in and event. In which case, it could be damning for OJ even if he wasn't in possession of a gun.

Either way he went about it in a stupid way, probably because if he had gone to the police the Goldman family, would have found out and would have fought for the memorabilia in order to collect on their 36mil civil suit. Considering I knew some of the family here in town, they would hear about it and take action as soon as possible.

Johnny Crow

I also want to note that I know some detectives and others on the LVMPD and I can tell you they will thoroughly investigate. We have one of the best Police forces in the U.S. and are diligent in collecting evidence and doing so under the provisions of the law. I have no doubt in my mind that any and all evidence will be present that can be found. If anything fails it will probably be the judicial system, but then again we also have some pretty decent judges too.. can't say much for the lawyers, except that of the ones I have met (those in the D.A. and the City Offices) are pretty good at what they do.

p.s. sorry for the long responses, I just don't have many people to talk about it with =).

Johnny Crow

I also want to note that I know some detectives and others on the LVMPD and I can tell you they will thoroughly investigate. We have one of the best Police forces in the U.S. and are diligent in collecting evidence and doing so under the provisions of the law. I have no doubt in my mind that any and all evidence will be present that can be found. If anything fails it will probably be the judicial system, but then again we also have some pretty decent judges too.. can't say much for the lawyers, except that of the ones I have met (those in the D.A. and the City Offices) are pretty good at what they do.

p.s. sorry for the long responses, I just don't have many people to talk about it with =).

Jeff Mariotte

I don't think OJ should get different treatment than anyone else--the trouble is, in his last case, he did. He got off because of his celebrity, and because the jury couldn't bother to understand overwhelming amounts of physical evidence.

Apparently it doesn't matter, legally, whether or not OJ held a gun himself--the whole event was armed robbery (and, legally, kidnapping). He should have involved the cops if the stuff was really his--and yes, he shouldn't own anything of value because he is still deeply in debt to the Goldmans, and shouldn't be living in a fancy house in Florida, wearing an expensive watch, or able to make $125,000 bail, because anything of value he owns should be sold to pay down his debt.

Casinos have pretty sophisticated surveillance systems--not on the guest floors, despite what we see in Las Vegas on TV, but definitely in the elevators. It'll be interesting to see if there's surveillance video that comes into evidence, showing the gang on their way to the room.

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