Wednesday, September 19, 2007

WAS O.J. SETUP?!?

Someone much smarter than me once said (something like), "When you roll around with dogs, you end up with fleas."

The more you look at the guy who got O.J. all riled up in the first place, the more you begin to wonder about Tom Riccio. Riccio's a man who has an extensive rap sheet and he's the one who told Simpson about where O.J. could go to find the men who had items that either belonged or used to belong to Simpson. Who really owns what is something that the police are still trying to sort out, but what ended up happening is something that all of us know. O.J. and (for lack of a better phrase) an "interesting cast of characters" showed up in a Las Vegas hotel room demanding the return of items that O.J. claimed were his.

And this is where we go back to Tom Riccio and the possibility of a setup question. Riccio had a tape recorder with him while all this was going on. And what he recorded, he sold to the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com, an outfit that makes their money off the backs of celebrities who are in trouble. In other words, an outfit whose scruples deserve to be examined.

Here's question number ONE for TMZ.com. Was the arrangement to buy the audio from Tom Riccio made before O.J. and his crew (including Riccio) entered the Las Vegas hotel room or after?

If the answer is, "before", then TMZ.com has some "serious 'splainin'" to do.

If the answer is, "after", then TMZ.com reverts back to simply being purveyors of sleaze as opposed to being exposed to a possible conspiracy crime of some kind.

No matter what the responsibility and or motives associated with TMZ.com are, a question that needs to be posed to Mr. Riccio is this; "After getting the information to O.J. about items of his that might be about to be sold in a Las Vegas hotel room, you accompanied Mr. Simpson to the hotel room while secretly carrying a tape recorder. WHY?!?"

"Annnd Mr. Riccio, as someone who was with Mr. Simpson in this hotel room, why haven't YOU been charged with some of the charges other persons who were with Mr. Simpson have been charged with?"

Okay...I'm not a lawyer or prosecutor. I've only played those roles on television, buuut...?!?

And yes, it's possible that the questions I've posed have simple and innocent explanations (answers), but Enquiring Minds want to know; "Was O.J. Simpson setup?!?"

AND THEN THERE'S THE PHIL SPECTOR CASE:

Here's the thing about possible criminal behavior, accidental behavior or a misunderstanding involving behavior. Unless you were there, you don't know what the behavior was.

This Phil Spector/Lana Clarkson case involves the jury having to decide that Spector was responsible for her death (2nd degree murder) or it was an accident or a suicide.

Some irresponsible editorial writing has been done involving this case. I mean, off the charts irresponsible editorial writing. Writing done by folks who thought that once this case went to the jury, a guilty verdict was a "slam dunk".

Yesterday we were told that after 7 days of deliberations, the jury foreman told the judge that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked. No, it wasn't 11-1 or 10-2. It was (is) 7-5. The foreman didn't say if it was 7-5 guilty or not guilty. But he did say that the jurors were in disagreement about the facts in the case, not about the law. The judge is now thinking about letting the jury consider a lesser charge. Manslaughter. If that happens, lawyers on both sides would reargue their case to the jury.

MORE BAD POLL NEWS FOR PRESIDENT BUSH AND CONGRESS:

Because of all these foreclosures, Iraq and overall lack of leadership, a new Reuters/Zogby poll gives President Bush his lowest approval rating ever. 29%. Congress is much worse. Only 11% approve of what Congress is doing and yes, that's also a new low. Most of this polling was done after General Petraeus' testimony to Congress and the recent speech by President Bush.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. AND RON REAGAN JR.:

How about this for an off the wall duo to consider? It's only in the talking stages, but some folks are seriously trying to get these two guys to consider running for the two highest offices in America. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to run as a presidential candidate and his running mate would be Ron Reagan Jr.

Short Commentary: Well...There certainly wouldn't be a name recognition problem. Other than that? I guess stranger things have happened, but none at this level that I can think of.

TWO NEW TV SHOWS MAKE THEIR DEBUTS TONIGHT:

The much talked about Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton show, "Back to You" will air their first episode at 8 tonight on Fox. The reviews I've read have been better than bad which is another way of saying, "so-so".

"Gossip Girl" will debut on The CW (channel 5 in L.A.) at 9 tonight. I've never heard of any of the stars on this show, but the Executive Producer, Josh Schwartz, is the same guy who created "The O.C.", a show I loved and saw every episode of. Reviews for "Gossip Girl" are about the same as the reviews for "Back to You" (so-so), but I'll be watching.

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TOMORROW: I'll tell you what I thought of "Gossip Girl", anything new factual wise in the O.J. and Phil Spector cases annnd...Anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

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