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« Reply #60 on: October 04, 2008, 08:15:20 PM »

Simpson guilty of robbery, kidnap charges

Ex-NFL star convicted exactly 13 years after acquittal on murder charges

The Associated Press
updated 9:27 a.m. CT, Sat., Oct. 4, 2008

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson, who went from American sports idol to celebrity-in-exile after he was acquitted of murder in 1995, was found guilty Friday of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The 61-year-old former football star could spend the rest of his life in prison. Sentencing was set for Dec. 5.

A weary and somber Simpson released a heavy sigh as the charges were read by the clerk in Clark County District Court. He was immediately taken into custody.

The Hall of Fame football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering up five men a year ago and storming into a room at a hotel-casino, where the group seized several game balls, plaques and photos. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one of them said Simpson asked him to bring a gun.

The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles in one of the most sensational trials of the 20th century.

"I don't like to use the word payback," defense attorney Yale Galanter said. "I can tell you from the beginning my biggest concern ... was whether or not the jury would be able to separate their very strong feelings about Mr. Simpson and judge him fairly and honestly."

Co-defendant also convicted
Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, 54, also was found guilty on all charges in the Las Vegas case and taken into custody.

Simpson showed little emotion as officers handcuffed him and walked him out of the courtroom. His sister, Carmelita Durio, sobbed behind him in the arms of Simpson's friend, Tom Scotto, who said "I love you" as Simpson passed by. As spectators left the courtroom, Durio collapsed.

Jurors made no eye contact with the defendants as they entered the courtroom. They declined to answer questions after the verdict was read.

Galanter said his client had expected the outcome, and in a courthouse conversation with an Associated Press reporter on Thursday, Simpson had implied as much.

Simpson said he felt melancholy and that he was "afraid that I won't get to go to my kids' college graduations after I managed to get them through college."

Galanter said it was not a happy day for anybody. "His only hope is the appellate process," he said.


Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said prosecutors would not comment until the case was "completely resolved."


Judge Jackie Glass made no comment other than to thank the jury for its service and to deny motions for the defendants to be released on bail.

She refused to give the lawyers extended time to file a motion for new trial, which under Nevada law must be filed within seven days. The attorneys said they needed time to submit a voluminous record.

"I've sat through the trial," Glass said. "If you want a motion for new trial, send me something."

Appeal promised
Stewart's attorney, Brent Bryson, promised to appeal.

"If there was ever a case that should have been severed in the history of jurisprudence, it's this case," he said of unsuccessful attempts to separate Stewart's case from Simpson's because of the "spillover" effect.


From the beginning, Simpson and his lawyers argued the incident was not a robbery, but an attempt to reclaim mementos that had been stolen from him. He said he did not ask anyone to bring a weapon and did not see any guns.

The defense portrayed Simpson as a victim of shady characters who wanted to make a buck off his famous name, and police officers who saw his arrest as an opportunity to "get" him and avenge his acquittal.

Prosecutors said Simpson's ownership of the memorabilia was irrelevant; it was still a crime to try to take things by force.

"When they went into that room and forced the victims to the far side of the room, pulling out guns and yelling, 'Don't let anybody out of here!' — six very large people detaining these two victims in the room with the intent to take property through force or violence from them — that's kidnapping," prosecutor David Roger said.

Kidnapping is punishable by five years to life in prison. Armed robbery carries a mandatory sentence of at least two years behind bars, and could bring as much as 30.

'Don't let nobody out of this room'
Simpson, who now lives in Miami, did not testify but was heard on a recording of the confrontation screaming that the dealers had stolen his property. "Don't let nobody out of this room," he declared and told the other men to scoop up his items, which included a photo of Simpson with former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Four other men charged in the case struck plea bargains that saved them from potential prison sentences in return for their testimony. Some of them had criminal records or were otherwise compromised in some way. One, for example, was an alleged pimp who testified he had a revelation from God telling him to take a plea bargain.

Memorabilia dealer Thomas Riccio, who arranged and secretly recorded the hotel-room confrontation, said he netted $210,000 from the media for the tapes.

Similarly, minutes after the Sept. 13, 2007, incident, one of the alleged victims, sports-memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley, was calling news outlets, and the other, Bruce Fromong, spoke of getting "big money" from the case.

Shadow of Simpson's past
Simpson's past haunted the case. Las Vegas police officers were heard in the recordings chuckling over Simpson's misfortune and crowing that if Los Angeles couldn't "get" him, they would.

During jury selection, Simpson's lawyers expressed fears that people who believed he got away with murder might see this case as a chance to right a wrong.

As a result, an usually large pool of 500 potential jurors was called, and they were given a 26-page questionnaire. Half were almost instantly eliminated after expressing strong feelings that Simpson should have been convicted of murder.

The judge instructed the jurors to put aside Simpson's earlier case.

In closing arguments, Galanter acknowledged that what Simpson did to recover his memorabilia was not right. "But being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a criminal," he said.

He added: "This case has taken on a life of its own because of Mr. Simpson's involvement. You know that. I know that. Every cooperator, every person who had a gun, every person who had an ulterior motive, every person who signed a book deal, every person who got paid money, the police, the district attorney's office, is only interested in one thing: Mr. Simpson."


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« Reply #61 on: October 04, 2008, 08:59:43 PM »

Yeah, Nicole won't be able to make the kids graduation either.
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« Reply #62 on: October 04, 2008, 10:44:37 PM »

Yeah, Nicole won't be able to make the kids graduation either.

My thoughts exactly jj...he is responsible for their mother not being there for them for most of their lives now.  He won't get any sympathy here.
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« Reply #63 on: October 05, 2008, 03:30:50 AM »

Yeah, Nicole won't be able to make the kids graduation either.

My thoughts exactly jj...he is responsible for their mother not being there for them for most of their lives now.  He won't get any sympathy here.
  OJ Simpson is a Murderer.  How that man could have lived with himself for 13 years knowing he brutally murdered the Mother of his own Children and her friend is unfathomable.

Kind of eery though---13 years to the day his acquittal and the jury spent 13 hours in deliberation.   Wonder if the Prison ID # he will be assigned will have 13 in it. 

I hope he doesn't get any special treatment in jail- but they are probably going to have to keep him in some sort of isolation.  He will die an old and lonely man with plenty of time on his hands in there to reflect on all the evil things he did which reaked havoc and ruined so many lives.   (Including the lives of his own children!  There have been media reports in the past about how messed up they are.  Such a shame.)
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« Reply #64 on: October 05, 2008, 09:55:39 AM »

Of course now they are saying that 5 of the robbery jury members think the verdict in the murder trial was wrong. I'm sure OJ's lawyer made that choice intentional so he could appeal because OJ knew he was going to lose this one (because of the evidence against him).

5 out of 12 is still a minority and I hope the judge throws out the appeal if it happens. Gotta love the American justice system but too many take advantage of it if they can afford to.
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« Reply #65 on: October 17, 2008, 04:04:18 PM »

 
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« Reply #66 on: December 08, 2008, 09:04:36 PM »

O.J. Simpson sentenced to long prison term
Ex-NFL star apologizes to judge moments before his sentencing
updated 7:13 p.m. ET, Fri., Dec. 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS - A weary and beaten-looking O.J. Simpson was put away Friday for at least nine years — and perhaps the rest of his life — for an armed robbery in a hotel room, bringing a measure of satisfaction to those who believed the football star got away with murder more than a decade ago.

The 61-year-old Hall of Famer listened stone-faced, his wrists in shackles, as Judge Jackie Glass pronounced the sentence — 33 years behind bars with eligibility for parole after less than a third of that.

Moments before, Simpson made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, simultaneously apologizing for the holdup as a foolish mistake and trying to justify his actions.

He choked back tears as he told her: “I didn’t want to steal anything from anyone. ... I’m sorry, sorry.”

The judge said several times that her sentence in the Las Vegas case had nothing to do with Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

“I’m not here to try and cause any retribution or any payback for anything else,” Glass said.

'We are thrilled'
But Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, and sister, Kim, said they were delighted with the sentence.

“We are thrilled, and it’s a bittersweet moment,” Fred Goldman said. “It was satisfying seeing him in shackles like he belongs.”

Simpson said he and five other men were simply trying to retrieve sports memorabilia and other mementos when he stormed a Las Vegas hotel room occupied by two dealers on Sept. 13, 2007. He insisted the items, which included his first wife’s wedding ring, had been stolen from him.

But the judge emphasized that it was a violent confrontation in which at least one gun was drawn, and she said someone could have been shot. She said the evidence was overwhelming, with the planning, the confrontation itself and the aftermath all recorded on audio or videotape.

Series of sentences
Glass, a no-nonsense judge known for tough sentences, imposed such a complex series of consecutive and concurrent sentences that even many lawyers watching the case were confused as to how much time Simpson got.

Simpson could serve up to 33 years, according to Elana Roberto, the judge’s clerk.

In state prison, he will remain in his own cell protected from the general prison population because of his celebrity.

Simpson’s lawyer suggested again that his client was a victim of payback for his acquittal in Los Angeles.

“It really made us all aware that despite our best efforts, it’s very difficult to separate the California case from the Nevada case,” attorney Yale Galanter said.

Some people who followed the case said justice had finally caught up with Simpson.

“You do things and you’ve got to expect karma to come around,” said Greg Wheatley, 32, of Los Angeles.

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« Reply #67 on: May 26, 2009, 06:38:21 PM »

OJ Simpson Appeals Conviction
Updated: Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 1:27 PM CDT

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

A court clerk says his appeal was filed Tuesday in Carson City.

The 47-page brief alleges Simpson's conviction in a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers was tainted by judicial misconduct, a lack of racial diversity on the jury, and errors in sentencing and jury instructions.

The document heaps blame on Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, and accuses prosecutors of improperly questioning witnesses about allegations of intimidation.

It could take a year or more for justices to issue a ruling. The former football star is serving nine to 33 years in state prison.

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May 28, 5:41 PM EDT

OJ co-defendant appeals Nev. robbery conviction


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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former golfing buddy of O.J. Simpson on Thursday appealed to overturn his conviction in an armed hotel room heist, saying he suffered "spillover prejudice" from being tried with the former NFL football star.

Clarence "C.J." Stewart, 55, also said in his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court that crucial audio recordings were improperly admitted as evidence and that the jury foreman committed misconduct by withholding his bias toward Simpson until after the pair were convicted and sentenced.
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Bryson said the most significant issue in his appeal was the judge's decision to admit recordings of a conversation between Simpson and others planning the confrontation and another recording made in the room by the man who arranged the meeting.

Bryson said the recordings, which were sold to a celebrity gossip Web site before turned over to police, could have been manipulated and that no witness authenticated them in court.

"But that appears to be what the jurors hung their hat on: the recordings," Bryson said.

Stewart's appeal also alleged bias and inconsistencies by jury foreman Paul Connelly in his pretrial juror questionnaire and comments made after the verdict.

"Some people think (Simpson) should have been given life 13 years ago," Bryson quoted Connelly as saying after the trial. "That was my opinion, but I think that's reserved for the court to decide."

Connelly did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Simpson, 61, filed an appeal separately Tuesday in which his lawyers cited insufficient evidence for conviction and improper exclusion of blacks from the jury. Stewart's appeal Thursday raised several of the same issues. Both defendants accused Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass of judicial misconduct and bias against defense lawyers.

A clerk for Glass said the judge could not comment. The judge has denied requests for a new trial, but threw out two coercion charges against both men before the sentencing on Dec. 5.

A spokesman for Clark County District Attorney David Roger said he was confident the convictions would stand.


"From the beginning of trial until its conclusion, the jury was improperly presented with 'prejudicial,' 'tainted' and 'unreliable' evidence," Stewart attorney Brent Bryson argued. "The cumulative error that infected this trial warrants reversal of these convictions."
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« Reply #69 on: June 15, 2009, 11:35:42 PM »

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Jun 15, 9:26 PM EDT

Judge: Simpson `acquittal suit' to stay in storage

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 SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge on Monday ordered O.J. Simpson's former manager to keep the former football star's so-called acquittal suit in storage until it is determined who rightfully owns it.

The ruling came after a contentious hearing that ultimately spilled into a courthouse hallway, where the former manager, Mike Gilbert, and a lawyer for Fred Goldman exchanged heated accusations.

Goldman - the father of Ronald Goldman, who was slain alongside Simpson's ex-wife 15 years ago - is seeking to satisfy a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson by selling the suit the Hall of Famer wore to court when he was acquitted on murder charges.

Gilbert said Simpson gave him the suit the day after his Oct. 3, 1995, acquittal. He claims it is his property because Simpson had not yet been found civilly liable for Ronald Goldman's and Nicole Brown Simpson's deaths.
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« Reply #70 on: July 25, 2009, 02:04:16 PM »

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O.J. Simpson wants items seized in Las Vegas
 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- O.J. Simpson has filed a declaration in Superior Court saying most of the items seized by authorities following a bungled hotel heist that sent him to prison last year are rightfully his and should be returned.

The declaration was filed Friday in Superior Court in Santa Monica. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19.

Most of the items listed are signed footballs Simpson was awarded during his glory days as a college pro football player. Also listed are ties Simpson says he wore during his trial for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Simpson was acquitted of the killings in criminal court but found liable for the deaths in civil court.
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« Reply #71 on: July 25, 2009, 02:29:30 PM »

He is incarcerated in LOVELOCK CORRECTIONAL CENTER, NEVADA, at least until the year 2023 -- He has no rights, period.
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« Reply #72 on: July 27, 2009, 02:35:47 PM »

He is incarcerated in LOVELOCK CORRECTIONAL CENTER, NEVADA, at least until the year 2023 -- He has no rights, period.

He wants his stuff back, does he?   People in he77 want ice water too... Monkey Devil!

And why would Simpson want the ties he wore during his trial for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman?  Because they were seen on him during the trial and will be worth $$$ in the future?  Or did he want to keep some small mementos from how he managed to murder two people and get away with it?  I could see why he might want the signed footballs.  But the ties?   
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« Reply #73 on: August 03, 2009, 03:48:42 PM »

 
Nevada Supreme Court considers releasing Simpson 
 
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  LAS VEGAS (AP) - A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices is considering whether to let O.J. Simpson and a former golfing buddy out of prison while the full court reviews their convictions for a gunpoint hotel room heist.
Justice Michael Cherry didn't say at the end of a hearing Monday how long it will take for the three-member panel to rule on whether the former football star and convicted co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart should be allowed to post bond.


Simpson and Stewart weren't in the courtroom, but their lawyers say they deserve to go free while they work to prove that they were denied a fair trial.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger argued that a jury had spoken, and the two men should continue to serve their sentences for kidnapping and armed robbery.

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Aug 19, 1:58 AM EDT

Judge in Santa Monica divides Simpson memorabilia


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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- A California judge ordered some memorabilia returned to O.J. Simpson Tuesday, even as the football Hall of Famer sits in a Nevada prison for stealing it during a hotel room heist.

In a ruling that capped more than a year of legal wrangling, Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg on Tuesday gave nine souvenir footballs and a few other items to a lawyer for Simpson nemesis Fred Goldman for auction. Goldman is trying to collect on a $33.5 million civil judgment against Simpson.

But in another odd twist, the judge said Simpson must get the first $6,075 from the auction.

Rosenberg said it was possible that figure would not be reached, and then Goldman would get nothing.

The most satisfied litigant was memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong, who was able to reclaim about 600 photographs and several books that he said were taken from him during the Las Vegas hotel room confrontation on Sept. 13, 2007.

During his trial, Simpson called it a sting operation designed to recover his memorabilia, which he said had been stolen from him.

Another of the participants in the dispute was Simpson's former manager Mike Gilbert, who asked for nothing at the hearing and received nothing.
Outside of court, Gilbert grumbled, "I think America is tired of O.J. Simpson, tired of Fred Goldman and tired of me. I just want it over."

Because of the hotel room standoff, Simpson was sentenced to nine to 33 years for convictions on armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. He has applied for release on bond while he appeals.

Rosenberg had all of the items seized from the hotel room brought to his courtroom in cartons, which he opened and displayed. Among the items returned to Simpson were framed awards, a signed photo of him and others with former FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover and three neckties that he wore at his murder trial. Simpson also received a few souvenir footballs.

One of the men who was in the hotel room, Alfred Beardsley, was given back only the baseball hat he wore the night of the heist. He proudly put it on.

Attorney David Cook, representing Goldman, received nine game balls and two pillow cases from the hotel room, for the auction.

Beardsley, who took up Simpson's cause after he blew the whistle on him, said outside court: "I'm happy and excited for O.J., that he'll be getting some of his stuff back."

Meanwhile, Simpson attorney Ronald P. Slates, told the court clerk that if the $6,075 is obtained, it should be deposited in a trust account because "it's tough cashing checks in prison."

Cook, who initiated the campaign to seize the items, acknowledged that "it's chump change" and his battle to collect on the memorabilia has been "enormously futile." Cook has collected substantial amounts in other proceedings.

The judge said he was following a law that exempted certain items from civil judgments, including household furnishings, decorations and items used in business. Awards that were displayed in Simpson's house fell into that category, he said.

Fromong estimated he could sell his photos and books for $15,000 to $30,000, but the sports market is flooded with Simpson memorabilia now, he said, so prices may be down.

Slates acknowledged there was an irony in Simpson receiving items he always claimed were his.

"It was his," he said, "but you have to go about getting the things lawfully."
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Goldman will refuse to sell Simpson footballs

By LINDA DEUTSCH
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The lawyer who won possession of nine O.J. Simpson footballs in a yearlong legal fight on behalf of Fred Goldman said Wednesday he will not sell them unless Simpson agrees to contribute the first $6,075 of proceeds to a foundation named for Goldman's slain son.

Simpson's lawyer immediately declined the offer and said Simpson won't auction the footballs either. In light of that, both lawyers conceded the year-long legal battle was for naught.

"Am I going to walk away empty handed?" said Goldman lawyer David Cook. "You betcha. But we're not going to work for O.J. or his legal team."

The footballs were part of a cache of items that Simpson was convicted of stealing from a Las Vegas hotel room during an armed robbery on Sept. 13, 2007. Simpson is in a Nevada prison serving a sentence of nine to 33 years for the confrontation.

In an ironic twist Tuesday, a judge ruled that many of the items did belong to Simpson as the former football star claimed. His lawyer, Ronald P. Slates, said Simpson should have acted within the law to try to get them back. Instead, he burst in with an armed posse.

Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg ruled Tuesday that a number of items including framed awards, neckties and a picture with J. Edgar Hoover should be returned to Simpson. But he said the commemorative game balls could be awarded to Goldman.
Rosenberg said, however, that Simpson has a legal exemption that allows him to collect the first $6,075 in proceeds from any sale. He ruled that the footballs came under a category of "tools of the trade" that are exempt from seizure in a civil action up to that figure.

If the footballs were sold for a larger profit, the balance would go to Goldman. Cook said that was not acceptable.

The attorney said he proposed to Slates that the $6,075 be donated to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice.

If Simpson declined the proposal, Cook said, Goldman would return the footballs to Simpson, who can sell them on the sports memorabilia market.

"To the extent that Mr. Simpson generates a recovery in excess of $6,075 we will proceed with legal recourse for the excess," Cook said.

Slates said Simpson has always wanted his children to have the footballs and did not plan to sell them.

Ron Goldman was slain along with Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, on June 12, 1994. Simpson was acquitted of the murders but was subsequently held liable in a civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5 million. He has repeatedly said he will not pay the judgment because he is not guilty of the murders, and Goldman continues to try to seize Simpson's property to satisfy the judgment.

Slates said he hopes this is the end of collection litigation between Goldman and Simpson.

"It's time to stop," said Slates. "It's been 13 years. Enough already."
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Court: OJ jury questions should have been public

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 5:36 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jury questionnaires in last year's O.J. Simpson robbery-kidnapping trial are subject to public disclosure and should not have been kept from the media by the judge, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled.

In a 6-0 ruling Thursday, the court sided with open records arguments by The Associated Press and Stephens Media LLC, owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Attorney Donald Campbell, who represented AP and the Review-Journal in the case, hailed the decision as "a victory for the First Amendment and a victory for every citizen."

"One of the most critical features of our legal system is public access and open trials," Campbell said. "This decision reinforces just how important that commitment to full access is."

The court ordered the release of the blank and completed questionnaires from the Simpson case, but acknowledged the matter is now moot.

Simpson's trial ended in October 2008, and the former football star was sentenced later that year to nine to 33 years in prison after he and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart were convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. Stewart was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 27 years.

Both Simpson, 62, and Stewart, 55, are appealing their convictions and sentences. Thursday's ruling did not address those appeals.

In the 26-page ruling, signed by five other justices, Chief Justice James Hardesty said that questionnaires used in jury selection are presumptively subject to public disclosure, and that judges need specific findings identifying a "countervailing interest to public access" before ruling that closure is appropriate.

The ruling said the court took the case, heard oral arguments last March and issued their Christmas Eve decision to underscore a legal point "for the purpose of providing guidance to the district courts in future criminal cases."

The state high court said Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass was wrong to delay release of blank and completed jury questionnaires at the start of Simpson's trial in September 2008, and didn't fix the problem by redacting questionnaires before releasing them after trial.

Glass was off work Thursday and unavailable for comment, a clerk in her court said.

Judges normally are permitted to withhold jurors' personal information such as Social Security and driver's license numbers. But the AP and Review-Journal argued that Glass illegally censored without explanation information such as where jurors were born and raised, their parents' occupations, whether they had children and whether they owned a home.

The attorneys argued that written surveys are simply extensions of open-court questioning known as voir dire.

The court faulted Glass for denying the media a chance to intervene at the time to protect public access in a criminal proceeding.

Glass was wrong to providing a "blanket promise of confidentiality" to jurors and a promise that their answers to questions would be kept "under seal," the court said.

Glass had said she was withholding the questionnaires because of extraordinary pretrial publicity and fears that someone might try to contact jurors and affect the outcome of the proceedings.

A deputy Nevada state attorney general argued before the high court later that releasing personal information about jurors could hinder future efforts to find people willing to serve on a jury.

"We stress that a 'naked assertion ... without any specific finding of fact' does not justify closure of the voir dire proceedings," the justices said.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued a statement Thursday saying she was "glad to see the Supreme Court provided guidance on this important issue for all other judges in our state."
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« Reply #77 on: April 06, 2010, 04:56:10 PM »

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpps/news/dpgonc-oj-simpson-acquittal-suit-finds-new-home-at-newseum-km-20100406_6936792
OJ Simpson Acquittal Suit Finds New Home At Newseum
Tuesday April 6, 2010


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NewsCore) - The suit worn by O.J. Simpson when he was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman will be acquired by the Newseum in Washington, D.C., it was announced Tuesday.

The tan Armani suit and white and gold colored tie will be added to the museum’s collection of items from the media coverage of the trial, the Newseum said in a statement.

A California judge approved the donation earlier this year as the solution to an extended court battle over the fate of the suit between Simpson, his former agent Mike Gilbert, and Goldman’s father Fred.

The so-called “acquittal suit” was offered to the Smithsonian Insitution last month, but was rejected by the museum.
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http://www.kvue.com/news/entertainment/112888289.html
OJ co-defendant takes plea deal in Las Vegas heist
January 5, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A one-time O.J. Simpson golfing buddy whose conviction in their 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping case was overturned in October took a plea deal Tuesday to be freed from prison and avoid a retrial.

Clarence "C.J." Stewart, 56, stood in shackles before a Nevada judge and pleaded an equivalent of no contest to felony robbery and conspiracy. The so-called Alford plea didn't admit guilt, but acknowledged that prosecutors could prove their case at trial.

"Mr. Stewart will be released after he pleads ... with the understanding and agreement that he will begin house arrest," his attorney Brent Bryson told the judge.

For his part, Stewart declared himself "guilty by way of the Alford plea." He was released Tuesday evening, Bryson said.

Simpson is now the only person convicted in the case to remain in prison. Now 63, the pro football Hall of Famer is more than two years into a nine- to 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass agreed Stewart can serve nine months of home detention in Louisiana to be near family members, if parole and probation officials in both states agree.

Stewart also faces an unspecified additional term of probation under terms of the plea deal worked out with prosecutors. Glass ordered Stewart released from the Clark County jail to house arrest in Las Vegas pending sentencing Jan. 11.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said later he was satisfied the 27 months Stewart has served behind bars, plus the additional time restricted to home, was appropriate punishment for his role planning and taking part in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.

"He was offered 30 months at the time of the trial. Another nine months will take him to 36 months," the prosecutor said outside court. "For his role, it's a fair resolution."

"Mr. Simpson was the main culprit who formulated the plan and was the person who wanted to steal this property," Roger added.

Glass sentenced Stewart after trial to 7 1/2 to 27 years in prison.

Simpson always maintained he was only after family photos, heirlooms and mementos that had been stolen from him following his acquittal on criminal charges in Los Angeles in the 1994 slayings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Four other men, including two gunmen, who took part in the Las Vegas robbery in a room at the Palace Station pleaded guilty. They testified against Simpson and Stewart and received varying sentences of probation. A middleman who arranged and recorded the meeting and later testified was never prosecuted.

Simpson — a former football star, movie actor, television pitchman and celebrity criminal defendant — was found guilty of 12 criminal charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

A three-justice Nevada Supreme Court panel in October upheld his conviction, and the court hasn't ruled on a request for reconsideration.

Roger said he was confident the request would be denied.

In its separate ruling granting Stewart a new trial, the state high court ruled that Stewart didn't get a fair jury trial because of Simpson's notoriety.

Since then, Stewart had been unable to raise $150,000 bail to be released pending a new trial.

Simpson attorney Malcolm LaVergne said Tuesday he was glad Stewart was being freed and wished him well.

"Our petition for rehearing is still pending," LaVergne said. "Mr. Simpson waits for it patiently."
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2012/02/oj-simpson-armed-robbery-las-vegas-bruce-fromong-alfred-beardsley.html
Victim of O.J. Simpson Vegas robbery accused of shoplifting
February 11, 2012

One of the sports memorabilia dealers whom O.J. Simpson was convicted of robbing in a down-market Las Vegas hotel is now fighting his own court battle.

Bruce Fromong, who testified against Simpson in the 2008 armed robbery trial, is accused of shoplifting from the Nellis Air Force Base Exchange near Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.  He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Authorities say that in October, Fromong swiped a Madden football PlayStation game from its package and a Case Logic briefcase; and that in November he removed another Madden disc from its package, taped up the box and put it back on the shelf.

In 2007, Fromong and Alfred Beardsley had gone to the Palace Station hotel expecting to sell Simpson collectibles to a wealthy buyer. The meeting was a ruse. Simpson and a ragtag band of men –- two of them armed -– stormed into Room 1203 and scooped up dozens of items. Simpson claimed he was merely trying to get back memorabilia stolen from him.
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