Everyone Has One, Today Happens To Be Snarkista’s.

Even MORE interestingly, Snarkista shares her birthday with THESE people:
Tom Hanks
Courtney Love
Marlon Brando
Author Dean Koontz
OJ Simpson (yikes!)
Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr
Jack White (LOVE!)
Fred Savage
And… Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld! (The MAN!)
July 9th is also apparently Rock & Roll Day, Argentina’s Independence Day, and according to Best Week Ever July 9th is the most random Celeb Birthday ever! Snarkista agrees, and sees some crazy similarities with MOST of the people on this list! Best wishes to all of the water babies born today, and here’s hoping that Snarkista doesn’t get any appliances. Unless it’s that fab stainless grill she spotted.


Breaking: OJ Simpson Sentenced To 16-21 Years For Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

OJ Simpson, 61, was denied bail pending an appeal of his armed robbery conviction, and called a flight risk by Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass. She in turn sentenced him today on 10 separate counts, to 16-21 years in state prison, with parole unlikely but possible after 6-7 years. Sentences for some of the counts will run concurrently. It could have actually been worse- the sentences could have run consecutively.

Outrageously, before sentencing, Simpson’s attorneys asked that Ron Goldman’s father and sister be removed from the courtroom. The Goldmans had gone through the lottery process like all other observers to be able to sit in the courtroom today. The motion was swiftly denied by Judge Glass.

OJ’s lawyers sucked up hard to Judge Glass prior to sentencing, with Grasso throwing out badly presented quotes by John Adams (WTF!) and Gale Galanter telling Judge Glass what a pleasure it was to practice before her. OJ was not expected to speak on his own behalf, but surprised by throwing himself on the mercy the court before sentencing was pronounced. OJ very emotionally and tearfully said:

…”I stand before you today sorry, somewhat confused, I feel apologetic to the people of the state of Nevada, I’ve been coming to Nevada since 1959, and I have never gotten in trouble. I came here for a wedding, I didn’t come to reclaim property. I was told it was here. Things that were being sold on the internet. I called my kids and told them, I called the Brown family, I told them I had a chance to get some of it back… I called the police and asked them what to try to do, they told me to try to get it back- this was the first time I had the opportunity to catch the guys red-handed. I didn’t ask anyone to help me do anything but to help me remove these things from the room. It was my fault they were there, I’m sorry, by no means did I mean to hurt anyone, or to steal anything. I volunteered to come back, show the police what I had…I just wanted to have my family things that were stolen. Ms. Brown gave my daughter her wedding ring- it was stolen. Family pictures- stolen. I didn’t know I was doing anything illegal, and I’m sorry, I’m sorry for all of it.”…

Judge Glass then said:

“I didn’t know if he (OJ) was arrogant or ignorant or both, but during the trial I found out he was both. At the time of the event, and the time of the bail hearing, it was clear to the court that you believed you could do in Las Vegas you could get your stuff back…the tapes, however, in theis case indicated to me that you didn’t want all of the items to fall into the hands of the Goldmans. You refered to them on the tapes as the “Golddiggers”. So you put your group together, and went to the Palace Station to get it back. What you didn’t know, was the planning was taped, the event was taped, conversations were taped…everything in this case was on tape. And it’s your own words, Mr. Simpson that have brought you here to this seat in my courtroom…what came out on the tapes was overwhelming evidence. How often do I sit as a judge and hear everything laid out for me to hear…very rarely. I went to that hotel room. There were a lot of you big guys in that little bitty room. On the tape it wasn’t ‘Oh just give me my stuff back’ , it was a violent event. Guns were brought…the potential for harm in that room was enormous. If a gun had gone off, not only could someone in the room have been hurt or killed, some poor tourist or worker in that hotel could have been hurt. That is why in Nevada we say you can’t take back your property by force. When you take a gun with you, and take men with you in a show of force, that’s why we are all here. It’s not behavior we can say is just ‘no harm, no foul’. Then, after the event, all of the sudden the realization hits…phone calls were made ‘there was no gun’- why would Mr. Simpson say this? All of a sudden he realized he was in trouble. At the party afterwards, the laughter, the joking, ha ha ha, isn’t this funny…you knew what was going on there. I have to respect the jury’s verdict. I’m not here to try and cause any retribution or payback for anything else. I want that to be perfectly clear to everyone. If I did, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a judge in this jurisdiction and this matter.

Jurors who heard 13 days of testimony, said after their guilty verdict that they were convinced of Simpson’s guilt because of audio recordings middleman Thomas Riccio secretly made of the Sept. 13, 2007, Palace Station casino hotel confrontation with sports memorabilia brokers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

“Don’t let nobody out of this room!” Simpson commands on the recordings, and instructs other men to scoop up items he insists had been stolen from him. Judge Glass, known for giving severe sentences, received a recommendation from the state parole agency calling for at least 18 years. In the Las Vegas trial, Simpson was accused of taking a gang of men to the Palace Station to retrieve items he lost while trying to hide them from Goldman’s family, which won $33.5m in damages from Simpson in a civil case over the deaths of Brown and Goldman.

Four of the five men who accompanied Simpson to the casino – Charles Cashmore, Walter “Goldie” Alexander, Michael “Spencer” McClinton and Charles Ehrlich – agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testified against Simpson and Stewart.

On Tuesday, Glass is scheduled to sentence four former co-defendants who took plea deals and testified against Simpson and Stewart. Michael McClinton, Charles Cashmore, Walter Alexander and Charles Ehrlich could receive probation or prison time. McClinton could get up to 11 years; the others face less.

The judge treated OJ and Stewart the same in their sentencing, closing an argument that could have paved the way for an appeal. Stewart is paying the price for wanting to hang with a “celebrity.” If the idiots hadn’t brought a gun, the issues would be very different. Also, in Nevada, just holding a person can trigger a kidnapping charge. The overwhelming evidence- much of it on audio and video surveillance tapes sunk OJ completely.

O.J. Simpson Convicted On All Counts!

O.J. Simpson was found guilty yesterday of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. O.J. is 61, and he could spend the rest of his life in prison, and is looking at a minimum of 20 years. Sentencing is set for Dec. 5.

Simpson released a big sigh as the charges were read by the clerk in Clark County District Court. He was immediately taken into custody.
Watch the video of O.J. being taken into custody.

The former football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering up five men a year ago and storming into a room at a hotel-casino, where the group seized several game balls, plaques and photos. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one of them said Simpson asked him to bring a gun.

Ironically, the verdict came 13 years to the day after O.J. was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles in an extremely controversial trial. O.J.’s attorney Yale Galenter said:

“I don’t like to use the word payback. I can tell you from the beginning my biggest concern … was whether or not the jury would be able to separate their very strong feelings about Mr. Simpson and judge him fairly and honestly. Galanter acknowledged in his closing argument that what Simpson did to recover his memorabilia was not right. “But being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a criminal. This case has taken on a life of its own because of Mr. Simpson’s involvement. You know that. I know that. Every cooperator, every person who had a gun, every person who had an ulterior motive, every person who signed a book deal, every person who got paid money, the police, the district attorney’s office, is only interested in one thing: Mr. Simpson.

Simpson’s co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, 54, also was found guilty on all charges in the case and taken into custody. Simpson showed little emotion as officers handcuffed him and walked him out of the courtroom. His sister, Carmelita Durio, sobbed behind him in the arms of Simpson’s friend, Tom Scotto, who said “I love you” as Simpson passed by. Durio collapsed after the court emptied of spectators.

Galanter said it was not a happy day for anybody. “His only hope is the appellate process,” he said. Stewart’s attorney, Brent Bryson, promised to appeal, and said:

“If there was ever a case that should have been severed in the history of jurisprudence, it’s this case,” he said of unsuccessful attempts to separate Stewart’s case from Simpson’s because of the “spillover” effect.

Simpson and his lawyers argued the incident was not a robbery, but an attempt to reclaim items that had been stolen from him. O.J. said he did not ask anyone to bring a weapon and did not see any guns. Right. The jury didn’t buy it either.

The defense portrayed Simpson as a victim of shady characters who wanted to make money from his famous name, and police officers who saw his arrest as a chance to “get” him and avenge his acquittal in the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldstein murder case.

Prosecutors argued that Simpson’s ownership of the memorabilia was irrelevant; it was still a crime to attempt to take things by force. Prosecutor David Roger said:

“When they went into that room and forced the victims to the far side of the room, pulling out guns and yelling, `Don’t let anybody out of here! Six very large people detaining these two victims in the room with the intent to take property through force or violence from them, that’s kidnapping.”

Simpson didn’t testify, but could be heard on a recording of the incident screaming that the men had stolen his property. “Don’t let nobody out of this room,” he shouted, and told the other men to get his items. Four other men charged in the case struck plea bargains that saved them from possible prison sentences in return for their testimony. Some of them already had criminal records. One was an alleged pimp who testified he had a revelation from God telling him to take a plea bargain! God is smart!

This morning, all Snarkista can say is: Karma’s a bitch, dude.