My brother (who’s in from LA) and I were discussing the Jackson case–BTW, he was on a JetBlue plane when the verdict came in on the satellite TVs and he says the whole cabin exclaimed in disbelief and disgust–when he brought up some “facts” I’d never heard before in ten years about the OJ Simpson case:
That the Bloods and Crips planned major looting sprees “that would dwarf the King riots” if OJ was found guilty (they actually cared about OJ as much as he cared about black folks himself, ie not at all, but they were going to use the conviction as a pretext, and FBI informants planted in the gangs gathered this info);
That subsequently large swaths of LA County were placed under martial law, with all libraries and schools closed down, white and Asian employees told not to report to work, most private businesses boarded up, roads closed by the National Guard and LAPD, riot vehicles prepared and all cops called up, etc.;
That registration of new guns swelled during the trial as the citizenry braced for the riot;
Finally, that either a court officer or lawyer or reporter secretly informed the jury of these facts and that was why OJ was acquitted, and so quickly. Bro says he heard this on talk radio and from our cousin who sells computer software to the court system.
Now, as a Doper, I called BS so fast, especally on 2 and 4, I think I actually hurt his feelings. Yes, I was in Boston, but we had a TV on at work in the background all day and I didn’t see a single boarded-up window nor closed library or school or blocked-off road except the one in front of the courthouse (I’d passed by Camp OJ myself a couple of weeks before and it would block the road cops or no cops by verdict time). Bro also says that it’s one of the open secrets that every law officer and Angeleno knows, but denies, so that’s why there were no articles, no mention in the books, etc. and that the jurors have been told the gangs will get them if they speak out too.
I’ve looked at some sites but so far all they’ve shown me is that a) finding an objective site ten years on is virtually impossible and b) the Net can be a scary, scary place. The gun licenses seem the easiest thing to verify so I’ll pursue that, but I’m still skeptical that none of the analysts, reporters, authors, and talking heads have discovered this or that the jurors have kept their mouths shut about it. Anybody have anything solid? If I have to apologize to little bro, I want to be able to show him evidence one way or another.