Archive for the ‘robbery’ Category

OJ Simpson’s guilt: "What goes around—-comes around?"

December 6, 2008

“What goes around— comes around.” This is what people of the street say upon hearing of OJ Simpson’s sentencing to serve jail time on December 5, 2008. Las Vegas’ Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass has sentenced him to at least
9 years to 33 years for his conviction in 12 criminal charges. These included assault of a deadly weapon, conspiracy, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

With the jail time, Simpson would be 70 before he’d be eligible for parole. But his lawyers planned an appeal. The former football star was obviously upset and emotional when he offered an apology, but many who watched the trial were relieved the sentence was handed in.

You went to the room, and you took guns,” Judge Glass told Simpson. “You used force. You took property, whether it was yours or somebody else’s. And in this state, that amounts to robbery, with use of a deadly weapon.”—AP (12/05/08, Ritter, K)

In 1994, Simpson was acquitted in a racially-charged jury of homicide involving his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Since then, OJ had been a symbol of dubious carriage of justice which divided citizens on how they regard the American legal system. Many people believed Simpson was guilty of the double murder case which was witnessed in TV and the news like a old time soap-opera (Photo Credit; AFP/ Pool/ Isaac Breeken)

RELATED BLOG: “OJ Simpson conviction: running out of luck and karma takes over?” Posted by mesiamd at 10/08/2008.

"Robbery” in Paranaque subdivision leaves 17 dead

December 5, 2008

One can’t help but be scared with the news that 17 people died in a shoot-out between police officers and alleged robbery gangs of Waray-Waray and Ozamis Group on December 5, 2008.

In the blood bath inside a residential area—the United Paranaque Subdivision, five (5) civilians, eleven (11) suspected thieves and one (1) policeman were killed. Among the dead was Alfonso de Vera, 53 and his 7 year old daughter Avanna.

According to witnesses, they were caught by gun fires from members of the police team as they pursued the suspected robbers. De Vera’s wife theorized that the police might have mistaken their van as one of the getaway vehicles.—PDI (12/05/08, Ramos, M.)

Pending thorough investigation no one for sure knew what went wrong, but the deaths of civilians in this setting raised doubts on the manner the police conducted its operation. There were others who suffered injuries in this incident.

In the past, many innocent people suspiciously died or sustained injuries in similar circumstances. Alarmed people ask if this is another case of “shoot first, investigate later” —a frightening possiblity civilians and police officers find hard to deal with. =0=

Brazen thieves & their love for jewelries

November 3, 2008

Wowowee, the popular ABS-CBN TV show is most remembered for the Ultra stadium stampede which resulted to the gruesome deaths of 74 game show spectators and injured more than 800 others on February 4, 2006. I still feel a sense of great loss and sadness for the victims. With similar sadness, I read that noontime Wowowee program host Willie Revillame lost P3 million worth of personal stuff to akyat bahay thieves in a well-executed robbery in his home in Corinthian Hills Garden in Quezon City on Monday, November 3, 2008.

“Suspects gained entry through the house comfort room by destroying its back window and carted away with assorted jewelries approximately worth P3 million,” said Senior Supt. Magtanggol Gatdula, Quezon City Police District. (11/03/08, Aurelio, JM)

I can imagine the brazenness of robbers when economic crisis roils on. Revillame must be an attractive target of theft— for as a TV celebrity he must have much jewelry and expensive items to keep. He suspects the early dawn theft to be an “inside” job which is a cautionary reminder of the increasing difficulty in protecting private property. It is unclear if he will ever go far from just reporting the incident to the police.

High walls, security cameras, guards, barbed wires, watch dogs, and caretakers don’t provide perfect protection. That’s why some rich people opt not to have jewelries at all. Besides, keeping valuables entail expenses in terms of covering them with adequate insurance. (Photo Credit: C4Chaos; lightweavers) =0=

OJ Simpson conviction: running out of luck and karma takes over?

October 7, 2008

Hall of fame NFL star and movie actor O. J. Simpson, 61, seems to run out of luck when a jury convicted him of armed robbery, conspiracy, and kidnapping in Las Vegas on Friday, October 3, 2008. The verdict is different from his highly- publicized acquittal of double murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman 13 years ago in Los Angeles. With a possible 30 years jail time that could put him locked-up in prison for life, O.J. who is currently detained at the Clark County Detention Center is scheduled to be sentenced on December 5, 2008.

Those who believe in the Buddhist concept of karma have something to think about. Karma, in essence fate, is supposed to be the total effect of one’s actions and conduct which determines a person’s destiny.

In, karma is further explained: “as you sow, so also shall you reap” in this and other lifetimes until you understand the complete consequences of all your actions. Karma is the principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility.

It’s intriguing to see the rise and fall of the famous black football star who hugged the limelight in the one of the most celebrated murder trials in the 20th century. The lawyers who helped him be exonerated from the murder cases, Robert Kardashian and Johnnie Cochran, died in 2003 and 2005 respectively, the former of esophageal malignancy, the latter of brain tumor. (Photo Credits: Reuters/John Kursinski;; =0=