I don’t know if you’ve seen it — that commercial for LegalZoom.com featuring an endorsement from former O.J. Simpson defense attorney and LegalZoom co-founder, Robert Shapiro. At first I was a bit taken aback. All my brain heard and saw, were the words “LegalZoom” and “Robert Shapiro.” After a couple of seconds went by, the name Robert Shapiro rang a bell. “Hey, isn’t he that guy who helped O.J. get off in the murder trial? Not Johnnie Cochran. The other guy.”
Sure, most people probably know Robert Shapiro immediately upon hearing the man’s name, but let me remind you that while it was dubbed “The Trial of the Century,” as a kid, I more or less just saw coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial as something that day-after-day just annoyingly interfered with Sports Center’s showing of game highlights.
So anyway, when Shapiro popped up on my TV, I thought to myself, why would I want to work with LegalZoom, a company associated with a man who helped another man essentially get away with murder. I mean, just because someone is famous, this doesn’t automatically mean he or she is a good fit for selling products and services to the general public. But after all, this is for LegalZoom and legal services. So who better to represent an online-lawyering service company than a man who helped a former client literally get away with murder. So just imagine what they can do for you…
And it’s not that I’m trying to judge Shapiro for his actions (at least not intentionally). After all, we’re supposed to be entitled to due process and a fair trial. I say “supposed to be,” given our Federal government’s recent passing of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). But that’s a topic for another blog, for now just Google “NDAA indefinite detention.” Because with the NDAA now, even Robert Shapiro might not be able to help you.