It was one of those rare moments in collective history that is burned into our memories. One where everyone probably remembers where they were.
On Friday, Simpson will be sentenced by District Court Judge Jackie Glass after being convicted of kidnapping and robbery in October.
While this case was much more removed from the public eye than the one in 1995, it looks like Simpson's punishment will be severe.
At least more severe than I thought.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who sort of lost track of the proceedings."Court probation officials have been investigating Simpson for weeks, preparing a recommendation that will be a critical factor in Judge Glass' decision. In most cases, probation officials are inclined to suggest sentences that are more lenient. But according to recently filed court documents, the probation officers in Simpson's case are suggesting a sentence of 18 years. Even worse, it will be 18 years of actual incarceration before there can be any consideration of parole.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports weighs in on how the passing of time has changed things. In short, the public's interest in Simpson is nowhere near what it once was.
"Perhaps it's Simpson fatigue. Perhaps it's a desire to avoid fighting the battles of the past. Perhaps it's because the new case was so dull, sad and bizarre - one of the items Simpson took was the suit he wore the day of the original verdict.
Perhaps it's the wars and the economy and uncertainty that makes caring so much about some sorry old felon seem a waste of time.
Perhaps it's that no matter where you stood on the original case, you'd have to agree that anyone who survives a double-homicide trial has to be a fool to get a parking ticket, let alone have anything to do with an armed robbery.
Whatever it is, it's a long way from that October day in 1995, when the People of California v. Orenthal James Simpson stopped the nation in its tracks and then nearly busted it apart. Back then you'd never have believed that he'd one day face a potential life sentence and most people would just shrug.
The one-time most famous defendant in the country, the center of a media storm like almost no other, the touchstone figure of a decade, will head off to a Nevada prison for perhaps the rest of his life.
So what about you? Are you still following this case, or did the sentencing sneak up on you? Do you believe that he should have been convicted in the double-murder trial? If so, do you believe late justice is better than no justice? Or do you simply not care?