So Robert Blake was today found not guilty.
One witness said Blake offered him $10,000 to “pop” his wife. Another testified that Blake proposed several ways to kill her, testifying that one possible location for the crime could be near Vitello’s, Blake’s favorite Italian restaurant in the Valley. He told jurors that when he told Blake he wanted no part of the scheme, the actor responded: “Well, if you’re not going to do it, then I sure as hell am.” Whoever did do it, well, it was near Vitello’s.
Blake himself reported that he’d spent 10 million dollars on his defense with 3 sets of attorneys, over 5 years.
Deputy District Attorney Shellie Samuels, a career prosecutor who has won 48 of 49 murder cases before this one, said she was “blown away” by the verdict. “I can’t believe a jury would not convict on this,” she said. She was wondering what effect Blake’s celebrity had on the case.
What’s to wonder?
We had O.J. and now we have this, and soon there’ll be Jackson. There’s a lesson to be learned here, still alive and well. Money plus celebrity delivers!
But there is an upside for the victims. Think on this.
If you are unfortunate enough to be touched – read popped – by a celebrity, at least you’ll have your eternity’s worth of fame.
Just make sure to make a note of it on your tombstone.