In an interview with Nightline following his sweeping speech on race in America this week, Barack Obama shared his thoughts about O.J. Simpson's 1995 murder trial:
"I'm somebody who was pretty clear that O.J. was guilty," Obama said (full transcript here).
Wow. That's kind of a bombshell, no?
Obama had mentioned the murder trial briefly in his speech as an example of how Americans "tackle race only as spectacle." Later, when the Nightline interviewer asked him to expound about how the Trial of the Century divided many whites and blacks, Obama said:
"...that reaction had more to do with a sense that somehow the criminal justice system historically had been biased so profoundly that a defeat of that justice system was somehow a victory."
No word yet from the Simpson camp about whether this affects his voting plan. Then again, when the election rolls around in November, Simpson's Las Vegas armed robbery trial will be over, and depending on its outcome, Simpson may not be allowed to vote at all.