Nora 120 hours of community service, two years

 Nora CarpenterBensonPeriod 71/02/18Novel Write Up    The book I chose to read was The Run Of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. The book is 496 pages and was published by Random House in 1996. This book relates to the topic of crime in sports because O.J. Simpson was a former NFL running back who was tried on two counts of murder for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. O.J. and was found to not be guilty. For my topic, I am focusing on how professional athletes are more likely to commit serious crimes and are treated differently than regular, everyday people. People believe he was treated differently because he was a professional athlete and was given “special treatment.” One of his many lawyers claims it is because he is “the O.J. Simpson.” The book describes how O.J. has had a troubled history since his teenage years, but has been able to brush it off. At 16 he was arrested for fighting/stealing and spent a weekend in Juvenile Detention. After he was visited by his idol Willie Mays, he was motivated to stay out of trouble and get his life back on track.However, in 1989, he was arrested for spousal battery that left Nicole Brown Simpson hospitalized. Police were called to the house eight times to settle domestic disputes and each time they would talk to him and leave without arresting him. In the book, it states that O.J was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, two years probation and spend 30 days in jail. However, he ended up not having to do any of these, but instead began counseling. O.J. was able to get off with an easier sentence because he was so well-liked and was a very good athlete. A normal person would have been required to go through with the initial sentence that was given. Simpson was then arrested for 1st degree murder on June 17, 1994. His attorney received a phone call in which Simpson was required to surrender by a certain time. O.J. refused to surrender and fled with a friend and had left a suicide note. He returned home later that night and was taken into custody. He went through a very lengthy trial and  was acquitted of the murder charges on October 3, 1995. The author, Jeffrey Toobin, is very blunt about how he feels about the trial and how he believes that O.J. is guilty.