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The cops in the Rodney King beating did not go to jail like you said, they were aquitted on April 29, 1992.
As far as the OJ case, that's a tough one. Everyone knows he did it, but corruption was so rampant in the LAPD, and things like evidence planting were happening left and right, that I think the jury actually handed a verdict against the LAPD, and not for OJ. Otherwise there would be no consequences for all the dirty things LA cops do. It sucks that a killer had to get off because of it, but the LAPD made their own bed there.
In August 1993, Judge Davies sentenced Koon and Powell to thirty months in federal correctional camps. The government appealed, arguing that the sentences were too light and violated federal sentencing guidelines. In 1995, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the government's position and sent the case back to Judge Davies for the imposition of a tougher sentence. Koon and Powell appealed to the United States Supreme Court. On June 13, 1996, the High Court reversed the Ninth Circuit and upheld the sentence of Judge Davies on all but two minor points. The original thirty-month sentence stood.
In October of 1993, Koon and Powell began serving their sentences in separate federal camps. Near the end of Koon's sentence, an armed African-American man broke into a halfway house in Rubidoux, California where Koon had been staying. The man announced his intention to kill Koon, but fortunately Koon had been released to his family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The armed invader was killed by police in a shoot-out.
FreeTed, Of course I think Simpson was guilty, but the events surrounding the glove struck me as awfully strange.
At any rate, you hardly needed the glove to prove his guilt in my opinion. I think OJ went free because the LA police department was corrupt and the prosecution was inept. That combination allowed jurors to see a reasonable doubt. As you know, a few years after the OJ Simpson trial, there was a big scandal regarding officers who framed people. Those officers are in part responsible for a murderer like OJ Simpson going free. Those officers in effect tainted the jury pool