Category Archives: Court Cases

‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson,’ Captivates the Nation Once Again

As a person who grew up in the 90s and watched the O.J. Simpson Murder trial play out in real time, watched every single trial day on CourtTV, watched in anticipation when A.C. drove O.J. around in that infamous white Bronco chase, watched the verdict be served on TV- watching the new FX Series, “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” is indeed still fascinating.

I wouldn’t say “obsessed” with the case, but I was enthralled. Watching a trail play out sparked my interest in law and criminal trials. I was a CourtTV addict from then on; still am.

Even though this new TV series isn’t a documentary, and they have certainly taken liberties, even flubbed a few facts, there’s still something captivating about this case and about this show. Honestly it takes a little bit to get used to seeing Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson. He doesn’t exactly look or sound like him, although sometimes in his movements with a little imagination, you can catch a glimmer of the “Juice.” Despite that, the casting in this series is great, Billy Magnussen makes a great Kato Kaelin, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran is spot on, Sarah Paulson nails Marcia Clark, and I love Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden.

I almost hate to admit, but when he was first charged, I rooted for O.J. I didn’t want him to be guilty. A lot of us did, a lot of us cheered when he was found not guilty and set free. Looking back, and knowing what we know now, that seems insane. The arsenal of evidence presented against him makes his guilt undeniable, but it felt different at the time, somehow we were all convinced he was set up. That he couldn’t have done it. How did that happen? The power of celebrity? The racial tensions at the time?

At any rate- after one episode, I love the show. I can’t wait to see where they take it from here.


Can We Just Stop Calling it an Abortion Pill Already

Biology is hard. And I should know because I much rather liked to pass notes around to my friends in class instead of listening to my high school bio teacher, which obviously didn’t bode well for my final grade that year.

It seems like I wasn’t the only one not listening to the lesson plans because for some reason a surprising number of internet pundits, big box store owners, religious zealots and even members of the Supreme Court have failed to grasp a few scientific facts.

Today’s lesson of the day is no, emergency contraception is not an abortifacient or “a drug or device that causes an abortion,” in layman’s terms.

Emergency Birth control products like the “morning after pill” won’t stop an already fertilized egg. In reality, it can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to meet after having sex. Betcha didn’t know that, which frankly is sad. Emergency contraception pills work by keeping a woman’s ovary from releasing an egg for longer than usual. Pills like Plan B can continue to reduce the risk of pregnancy for up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex. IUDs, another form of emergency contraception, can be placed in the body for up to five days after sex. They also don’t kill fertilized eggs. Emergency contraception is just like your typical pill form of contraception, but it’s sort of like taking many pills at once. That being said, some religious people (and that is their prerogative) don’t believe in any contraception at all (Hey Duggers)! But let’s not mince personal choices with facts here. The distinction between the pill and the morning after pill is they are not really that much different.

This confusion about what the facts about birth control is and isn’t reminds me of the season two Orange is the New Black episode “Whole Other Hole.”

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch it, it’s hilarious- basically the women are in desperate need of an anatomy lesson. This is why anatomy and sexual health should be mandatory lessons in schools; it’s amazing how little we know about our bodies and the science of what medicine and sex and birth control is all about.


Another Doozy From The Vaults Of The Rolling Stone

Cover of the Rolling StoneFound this.. maybe the Rolling Stone has always been tasteless. I just forgot.

Zimmerman Jurors release statement distancing themselves from B37

In wake of the backlash from the interview from Zimmerman juror B37 on Anderson Cooper, four of the remaining jurors have signed a written statement. Last juror to hold out is B27 (the Only minority juror of the group).