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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2007, 05:43:48 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/09/18/oj.simpson/index.html

Prosecutors charge O.J. Simpson and three others
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NEW: Prosecutors file numerous charges against Simpson and others

NEW: Alleged victim in critical condition following heart attack, hospital says

Man alleges O.J. Simpson, others entered room with authority

Ex-NFL star Simpson held without bond, due in court Wednesday


LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday filed numerous criminal charges against former NFL star O.J. Simpson and three other men in connection with an alleged armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel last week.

The charges include conspiracy to commit a crime; conspiracy to commit kidnapping; conspiracy to commit robbery; and first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadlyweapon.

One of the alleged victims of the purported robbery suffered a major heart attack and is in critical condition at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the hospital said.

Bruce Fromong was hospitalized Monday after experiencing chest pains, The Associated Press reported. He was admitted to one hospital and then transferred to another, according to AP.

Simpson is accused of using force to illegally seize sports memorabilia from a hotel room where Fromong and another alleged victim were located.

One alleged victim said he thought the whole thing was a law enforcement operation.

"They came into that room like policemen or military style people," Alfred Beardsley said on CNN's "Larry King Live" Monday night.

"They were well dressed. It was a takeover situation and they knew what they were doing. I thought they were involved in law enforcement or the FBI," Beardsley said of the incident Thursday.

Simpson, 60, was arrested Sunday and booked on two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of armed burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, Las Vegas police Capt. James Dillon said.

Prior to his arrest, Simpson said he was merely retrieving items that belonged to him, and that no guns were involved.

Police said Simpson orchestrated the incident and the suspects had at least two firearms, which authorities recovered during searches.

Simpson is being held without bail and is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning, when charges are likely to be filed, Las Vegas Judge Nancy Oesterle said Monday.

Another suspect, Walter Alexander, was arrested Saturday in connection with the incident and released without bail.

A third suspect, Clarence Stewart, was booked Monday night on six counts of robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy. He posted bail early Tuesday morning and was released, the Clark County Detention Facility said.

Beardsley told Larry King that he was contacted last month by Thomas Riccio, who said he had a client who wanted to buy some high-end O.J. Simpson items and would pay top dollar for them.

Beardsley then called Fromong, a Simpson acquaintance, who gave him a list of items he could provide.

Although the items Fromong mentioned were in the room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino on Thursday, Beardsley said he himself did not purchase them.

"There's a lot of controversy about who is owner of the items right now," Beardsley said. "I'd rather let a judge decide who is the owner, (but) they were in mine and Bruce Fromong's possession."

That ownership will be disputed Tuesday in a court in Los Angeles, as Fred Goldman and his family ask a judge to order Simpson to turn over the items he allegedly stole in the hotel incident.

Beardsley said he was still in shock over the robbery, which he said involved at least two guns.

"This guy came over at gunpoint and ordered me to pack the items up," he said. "I refused. I was told to 'Get the f--- up, get the f--- up.' "

"It was scary. You just wait it out, see what's going to happen. ... It was pretty bad," Beardsley added.

Beardsley also identified Walter Alexander as the man who shouted "Police!" when the group came through the door of the hotel room.

Alexander, 46, was arrested Saturday in connection with the alleged robbery and was released on his own recognizance, said his attorney, Robert Rentzer.

The attorney said Alexander agreed to talk to prosecutors "on the condition that nothing he said could or would be used against him."

Police retrieved two firearms after Alexander gave them information that resulted in the issuance of three search warrants, Dillon said Sunday.

Alexander told King that he had been friends with Simpson for years, and he was in Las Vegas to attend the same wedding that Simpson planned to attend.

He said he knew "exactly what happened in that situation (the alleged robbery) before, during and after," and he claimed that Simpson was "set up."

According to a recording that a celebrity news Web site claims came from the incident, Simpson walked into the hotel room barking orders and profanities and repeatedly accusing someone of stealing his things.

The audio recording on TMZ.com portrays an angry Simpson ordering people to stay in the hotel room and questioning the person he thinks stole from him.

"Don't let nobody out of this room," Simpson says to one person in the room before directing his ire at one person. "Motherf------, you think you can steal my s--- and sell it?" Hear TMZ's recording of the confrontation

Alexander told King Monday: "It's very obvious that Thomas Riccio had intentions to set O.J. up, and that's what happened."

Riccio, who is an auctioneer, is the source of the recording, according to TMZ.com.

"Unfortunately, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and now I'm in the middle of this mess and I hate that it happened," Alexander said.

He predicted that this time, Simpson will go to jail for what happened.

"There's been an outcry for him to pay for possibly past transgressions," Alexander said.

Here is the actual complaint filed:

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/09/18/criminal.complaint.pdf

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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2007, 08:41:37 PM »

Simpson charges include kidnapping


Former football star and three other men are charged with 10 felonies in connection with the alleged theft of sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.
By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-me-simpson19sep19,1,4045240.story?coll=la-celebrity-news
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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2007, 10:06:32 PM »

http://www.tmz.com/



Big Surprise ... O.J.'s Got No Friends!
Posted Sep 18th 2007 8:50PM by TMZ Staff

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has just released the visitor list for O.J. Simpson, and apparently he's got no friends! (*crickets*).

According to a press release issued by the cops, the following people have visited the Juice in his cell:

Legal 09/17/07 @ 0840 Scott Holper(atty) Phillip Kohn(Pd) Daren Richards(Pd)
Legal 09/17/07@ 1230 Scott Holper(atty) Liborius Agwara (atty) Malcolm Lavergne(atty)
Social 09/17/07 @2000 Christine Prody, Mattie Baker
Legal 09/18/07 @0830 Scott Holper (atty)
Legal 09/18/07@0940 Gabriel Grasso (atty)
Religious 09/18/07@1450 Robert Greene(religious)
As of 09/18/07 @ 1620 hrs., these are the only visits that he has had.

Christine Prody is the Juice's longtime girlfriend and Mattie Baker is his sister.

Sign that guy up for MySpace!
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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2007, 12:56:15 AM »

The last part of the robbery video tape  - uncensored

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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2007, 10:31:45 AM »

According to OJ its always somebody else's fault.
I hope the Goldman's are able to take everything from OJ. What else can they do? Its their only way of punishing him for what he did. Im lovin it.

I wonder why Marcia Clark is in the courtroom? Scary thought, lol.
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« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2007, 01:11:50 PM »

OJ Simpson granted bail
Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:15 PM EDT161
http://tinyurl.com/2pzfdlLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A Las Vegas court granted bail of $125,000 on Wednesday to former American football star O.J. Simpson, who faces criminal charges stemming from what police say was an armed robbery of his own sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel.
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 A court spokesman, Michael Sommermeyer, said Simpson would be freed on bail later on Wednesday.

Under the bail conditions, Simpson, who lives in Florida, will have to surrender his passport but will be allowed to travel within the United States.
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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2007, 02:44:50 PM »

I watched Fox News during my lunch hour.  They were reporting that the judge specified that O.J. surrender his passport, that he make no attempts to contact witnesses in any way (including phone or email) AND that he not engage anyone else to contact the witnesses. 

I was glad to hear that....out of fear something mysterious might happen to a witness before the next court appearance in late October.
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« Reply #27 on: September 19, 2007, 03:07:44 PM »

According to OJ its always somebody else's fault.
I hope the Goldman's are able to take everything from OJ. What else can they do? Its their only way of punishing him for what he did. Im lovin it.

I wonder why Marcia Clark is in the courtroom? Scary thought, lol.


I must admit, I haven't followed this case closely.  I am puzzled though, why would the Goldman's want that stuff of OJ's??  I would think its worthless junk to anyone but OJ.  Well maybe that football is worth big bucks,  but pictures aren't IMHO.  Besides,  why would the Goldman's want anything that reminds them of a murderer? 
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« Reply #28 on: September 19, 2007, 03:21:46 PM »

According to OJ its always somebody else's fault.
I hope the Goldman's are able to take everything from OJ. What else can they do? Its their only way of punishing him for what he did. Im lovin it.

I wonder why Marcia Clark is in the courtroom? Scary thought, lol.


I must admit, I haven't followed this case closely.  I am puzzled though, why would the Goldman's want that stuff of OJ's??  I would think its worthless junk to anyone but OJ.  Well maybe that football is worth big bucks,  but pictures aren't IMHO.  Besides,  why would the Goldman's want anything that reminds them of a murderer? 

There are articles about why the Goldman's want the memorabilia, and some of them do indicate there isn't much of a market for the Simpson stuff, except for football related items,-like the football, any jerseys etc., because he just isn't very well liked by people.  The Goldman's want the stuff so they can sell it, to apply toward the judgement  they won against OJ in a civil case.  I think it's like 33.5 million dollars, and little of it has been paid.  Even taking the things that aren't of monetary value is maybe the only way the Goldman's feel they can make OJ pay for what he did. ~  That's the gist of what I've read.  If you are interested, you could go to some of the links posted and read through and I think some of that is in there. 
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« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2007, 03:22:30 PM »

Apologies on messing up the post/ quote.  I didn't go down far enough, past the quote notation when I posted 
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« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2007, 03:32:55 PM »

Just heard on the news a little while ago that some of the 'stuff' was his mothers'.  Guess he could say he had given it all to her.  Give me a break!   Mad
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« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2007, 04:40:07 PM »

In the civil trial, the Goldman's were awarded $30+ million.  Many things were set to be confiscated from OJ to be sold and money give toward the settlement (the only form of punishment/justice the Goldman's could get).  Just before the items were to be confiscated, OJ says his "stuff" was stolen and there was nothing for the Goldman's to have.  Money disappeared, too. However, OJ did not make a police report.  Was widely thought at the time that OJ had some of his friends take away his "stuff" so that the Goldman's could not have it.

Now, we know from the Las Vegas incident, that these items are some of the "stuff" that was taken.  We also know, because it's on tape, that one of OJs friends back then was upset with OJ breaking in on them and said "I opened off-shore accounts for OJ".

Thinking.....there's money to be found.  This is NOT over!!
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« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2007, 06:12:17 PM »

'You're a Fool'
O.J.'s friend challenges Mark Fuhrman to on-air debate

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« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2007, 09:33:12 PM »

Muffy

Thank you for responding.  Your post was helpful to me to see why they would want it.  Worthless as it might be, it is something personal to OJ and taking that away from him is in a way, getting a bit of satisfaction.  I know that didn't come out right, but I'm sure you know what I mean.....
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« Reply #34 on: September 19, 2007, 11:31:04 PM »

I hope to God that OJ will not dominate the media from now until his next trial. I can't find any TV news station that is not talking about OJ. In 1995, when the jury said they had a verdict, the company I worked for assembled in the conference room to watch the TV. I was shocked at the not guilty verdict but my boss was elated and shaking hands with many people.

I am filled up to my neck with OJ. I'm tired of hearing about him. It seems he is two different people.
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« Reply #35 on: September 19, 2007, 11:49:44 PM »

I hope to God that OJ will not dominate the media from now until his next trial. I can't find any TV news station that is not talking about OJ. In 1995, when the jury said they had a verdict, the company I worked for assembled in the conference room to watch the TV. I was shocked at the not guilty verdict but my boss was elated and shaking hands with many people.

I am filled up to my neck with OJ. I'm tired of hearing about him. It seems he is two different people.

He isn't two different people, he is one monster that I hope finally gets what he deserves! 
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« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2007, 10:01:39 AM »

I hope to God that OJ will not dominate the media from now until his next trial. I can't find any TV news station that is not talking about OJ. In 1995, when the jury said they had a verdict, the company I worked for assembled in the conference room to watch the TV. I was shocked at the not guilty verdict but my boss was elated and shaking hands with many people.

I am filled up to my neck with OJ. I'm tired of hearing about him. It seems he is two different people.

He isn't two different people, he is one monster that I hope finally gets what he deserves! 

I think I understand what Louise meant.  My husband said several days ago that he had once thought that OJ had some intelligence or an ounce of such...many looked upon his early successes in football & film as 'something'.  The murder trial negated this thought & now this latest confirms he never did deserve to earn any admiration by the public.  (DH had once bumped into him while leaving a Ft Lauderdale restaurant with business associates long before 1994 and was quite impressed that he was leaving a place that OJ frequented)

The image of long ago & the reality of who OJ is perhaps what Louise is referring to as two people.  Just my thought, at present.
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« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2007, 09:47:34 PM »

Hi 2NJSons_Mom.

Thanks for your thoughts.

I hate football and was never an OJ fan, although my daughter was. The world loved him.

What I mean when I say he is two people, is that he is so jovial and friendly and likable and on the same day, he is committing robbery and guns are involved. Then he goes back to smiling and schmoozing.
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« Reply #38 on: September 22, 2007, 01:34:48 PM »

Court apologizes to Simpson lawyers for camera-phone photo
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 LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- A court administrator apologized to lawyers for O.J. Simpson on Thursday after a court employee was caught taking a picture of the former football star during his first court appearance on robbery, kidnapping and assault charges.
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Simpson appears in court Wednesday -- offering a tempting target for an amateur paparazzo.

Charles Short, the chief executive officer for Clark County, Nevada, courts, said a court reporter used a mobile phone camera to snap the picture of Simpson as he left the courtroom at the end of Wednesday's hearing.
Our court is a professional organization, and this behavior is an aberration and will not be tolerated," Short wrote in a letter to Simpson lawyers Yale Galanter and Gabriel Grasso.

The photo was deleted before it could be distributed, and the employee's actions have been addressed "in the appropriate way," he wrote.
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« Reply #39 on: September 23, 2007, 04:35:26 PM »

A Timeline of Latest O.J. Simpson Case

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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j4eDRkiikLRmOL3G7W5N3HmElIpw
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