O.J. is going to prison

Those who thought O.J. Simpson should have been found guilty of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, may take solace in the likelihood that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The weird symmetry with the number 13 associated with the two cases is enough to make us superstitious: Simpson was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13 and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary (Friday) of his Los Angeles murder acquittal. The Las Vegas jury that convicted him deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial.

And we probably don't need to mention that 13 is a notoriously unlucky number.

While some will insist that this is justice delayed, we will settle for justice under the circumstances. Simpson, the former NFL star and pop icon, now 61, has been an embarrassment for the past 13 years, drifting from one seedy project to the next.

One low point was his participation in the plan to publish a book titled, "If I Did It," based on how the L.A. murder might have transpired -- if he actually had committed it. Thankfully, publication of that tome was aborted.

But he hit bottom a year ago when he and five knucklehead pals stormed into a room at a Vegas hotel-casino and grabbed several game balls, plaques and photos. At least two of the men with Simpson were armed, and one claimed Simpson asked him to bring a gun.

Simpson claimed that the memorabilia belonged to him. The jury didn't buy it. He was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges. He will appeal, but could end up spending the rest of his life in prison.

Whatever might have happened 13 years ago, we say good riddance to Simpson now.


Many will view latest verdict as overdue justice for O.J. Simpson.