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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Clark Dark Has A Report

Clark Dark here, with the latest celebrity news.

The jury awarded $30 million in the civil lawsuit against former television actor, and child-star of another era, Robert Blake, to the family of his murdered wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. The decision by the jury was 10-2 that Blake "intentionally caused the death" of his wife who was gunned down May 4, 2001 outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined.

"I still don't get how anyone can be found not guilty of a murder and then be found responsible for it in any way shape or form," so said O.J.Simpson in a telephone interview from his Florida home. "... If you're found not guilty, how can you be found responsible? I'd love to hear how that's not double jeopardy."

Simpson who was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, then was sued in civil court where a jury found him liable for their deaths, said he has no opinion about Blake's guilt or innocence in the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, because he did not follow either trial closely. The families of Brown-Simpson and Goldman were awarded damages of $33.5 million. Simpson said the damage awards in both cases are suspiciously similar.

Simpson said both he, and 72 year old Blake were subjected to an unfair system in which a civil jury can essentially reverse a criminal jury's finding by using a lesser standard of proof in which jurors need be convinced only by "a preponderance of the evidence," meaning at least 51 percent.

"If that was the standard in criminal trials, only 51 percent, then so many people would be convicted that we'd have to build more jails," Simpson said. "The standard is the difference."

I'm Clark Dark, ace investigative reporter for YouThinkWhat with your celebrity news.


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