From what I know of the facts in the Blake case, I never had a strong conviction that Blake did it (or was the puppet master), or didn’t do it. And so, I’m satisfied. You see, my interest is in justice, and by that, I mean: justice. I could give fuck-all about any prosecutor’s career, and I could give a shit about the political heat the Chief is taking–or the goddamned mayor for Jesus’ sake. Fuck all that. And especially, fuck the public’s "need" for justice. It’s not their business.
And you know what else? Justice requires no "authority." Justice, when done, is an equal-opportunity principle. Every one of you is just as justified (often moreso) in carrying out a death sentence as any nation, state, or municipality. If justice means a guy buys it, then who mets out that justice is irrelevant.
Case in point: did you see the justified chortling by Laci’s relatives over what Peterson got? Does anyone doubt that given the opportunity, there’s more than none of Laci’s relatives who’d be more than happy to carry out the sentence? You see, in this case, all a rational person needed to know was that her body washed up 100 miles away, in the exact place he said he’d gone fishing, with a boat he’d just bought, and for the first gaddamned time in his life. That’s all anyone should need to know. All that Amber Frey crap was just superfluous; through and through.
OJ was guilty. Everyone knows it. And because twelve racist derelicts–who ought to be shunned for life for their shirking of responsibility–failed in a solemn duty, the general public had to take up the necessary task for them. And, so, OJ might as well be in prison for all the life he’s leading. It’s not perfect justice, but it’s something.
Update: No, I’m not talking about vigilantism, lynch mobs, or any other sort of slippery-slope chaos. I’m talking about the fact that if something is just (i.e., if it’s just to kill someone who is rationally judged to have murdered another out of pre-meditation or reckless and uncontrolled emotionalism), then who carries out that justice should not matter. I’ll say this though: first, anyone who sets about to effect any sort of serious justice better damned well be sure he’s dead-on right, because there are no breaks for being wrong; and second, even if we lived in a rational world in this regard, I’d hire professionals with a reputation for the careful and deliberate adjudication of cases brought before them.
Of course, you must realize that it is illegal for you, private citizen to affect any sort of justice whatsoever, even if you are dead-on right. Even if you are as careful and deliberate as a court, it doesn’t matter. What does this mean? It means that in our system of governance, justice is only a secondary consideration, if that. Primary is the authority and power of the state. To state it more plainly, it’s better that murderers get away clean than there be any challenge to the monopoly power of the state.