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O.J.’S COLLECTIBLES HEADED BACK TO L.A December 23, 2008

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A Las Vegas judge has ordered that the sports memorabilia caught up in O.J. Simpson’s bungled robbery attempt must be turned over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where the items’ ownership will be determined.      

       According to E! Online, collectibles judged to be Simpson’s will likely be auctioned off with proceeds going toward the wrongful death judgment awarded to the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown.      

       Las Vegas District Judge Jackie Glass also ruled during the brief hearing that Simpson, along with codefendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and the other defendants who struck plea deals, must pool their resources and pay a combined $3,560 in restitution to the robbery victim – memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong.           

       Fromong claimed he was left with $2,600 in medical bills due to injuries suffered during the altercation.       

       Alfred Beardsley, the other memorabilia dealer targeted by Simpson, testified at a separate hearing that he didn’t have Simpson’s NFL Hall of Fame ring, which the Goldman family is looking for.

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O.J. IN PRANK MUSIC VIDEO ‘GET JUICED’ December 9, 2008

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As O.J. Simpson begins his 33-year jail sentence for robbing two sports memorabilia stars at gunpoint, he leaves behind an appearance in a rap video that was filmed as part of a prank-themed DVD titled “Juiced.”

 

      The song, “Get Juiced,” features Simpson pranking unsuspecting victims a la Ashton Kutcher in his former MTV series “Punk’d.”  Adopting a gangsta rap persona named MC Juice, Simpson performs the track at a strip club surrounded by numerous burlesque, nude dancers, according to Allhiphop.com.

       “All you player haters and you sucker MC’s better get on your knees/and get some of the these/These nuts…,” Simpson raps over a beat similar to Steady B’s “I’m Serious.”       

       Outtakes from the video also show Simpson holding a tongue-in-cheek audition for the strippers, dressed as Elvis with a dwarf, working in a fast food drive-thru, dressed as an 80-year-old man playing bingo and as a cheater who gets caught with a married woman, according to Allhiphop.com.       

       Additionally, Simpson is shown attempting to sell his infamous white Ford Bronco to unsuspecting marks, while acknowledging there are “no bodies in it” and that the SUV has “escapability.”

       An uncensored version of O.J. Simpson’s “Get Juiced” will be featured on the Juiced comedy DVD, which is available in stores and online (http://www.getjuiced.com/) for $19.99. The video is also available on iTunes for $.99.

 

      In other O.J. news, the family of murder victim Ronald Goldman, who won a wrongful death lawsuit against Simpson, will continue its pursuit of the $42 million award owed by the disgraced star, even as he serves jail time.

 

       A lawyer for Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, tells the New York Post the $33.5 million award his family won has increased to $42 million with interest. And Goldman is reportedly determined to pursue Simpson’s assets during his sentence to collect the sum.      

       Goldman’s collection lawyer, David Cook, says, “Even though Mr. Simpson has changed his address from Florida to Nevada, we’re still going on.”

 

O.J.’S TEAM ASKS FOR MINIMUM SENTENCE December 4, 2008

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O.J. Simpson’s lawyers are asking that he receive the minimum sentence of six years in prison for his October robbery and kidnapping conviction, calling a recommendation of 18 years “inappropriate and knee-jerk,” reports the AP.

 

      Simpson was found guilty on October 3 in the armed robbery of two memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The 61-year-old former football star and his co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, are scheduled for sentencing on Friday and could face life in prison for their conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and assault convictions.

 

      “Simpson has never previously been convicted of a crime. Thus, he now stands before the court as a first-time offender,” defense attorney Gabriel Grasso told the judge in court papers filed in advance of Friday’s sentencing hearing.

 

      Grasso called for Simpson to be given the minimum term of six years behind bars, adding, “Such a sentence would be a sufficient reflection of both the nature of the case as well as the first-time offender status of the defendant.”

 

      A report filed by the probation officials has not been made public, but according to the defense, it calls for Simpson and Stewart, 54, to be sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

 

NO NEW TRIAL FOR O.J. SIMPSON November 10, 2008

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O.J. Simpson lost his bid for a new trial during a hearing Friday before the same judge who oversaw his recent conviction in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

 

       Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass said the issues raised by lawyers for Simpson and co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart did not rise to the level of granting another trial, reports the Associated Press.      

       Glass acknowledged during Friday’s hearing that her ruling paves the way for Simpson and Stewart to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.      

       Simpson and Stewart are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5. They face up to life in state prison. The jury found them guilty on Oct. 3 of all 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, in the Sept. 13, 2007, hotel room confrontation.      

       Stewart’s lawyer, Brent Bryson, alleged misconduct by the jury foreman, whom he quoted as saying he thought Simpson should have been given a life sentence in the Los Angeles case involving the 1994 slayings of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in that case.

 

JURORS DISCUSS O.J.’S GUILTY VERDICT October 7, 2008

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      Speaking at a press conference Sunday, the panelists said the prosecution may not have won convictions for Simpson and his co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart had those recordings not been made.

 

       “It would have been a very weak case,” said Dora Pettit. Another juror David Wieberg added, “Yes, a weak case,” and other jurors nodded in agreement.      

       The seven jurors agreed to speak out two nights after the verdict was announced in a move to diffuse the onslaught of interview requests. They answered questions for an hour in the same courtroom where Simpson and Stewart were convicted of robbing two memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a hotel room.      

       The jury listened repeatedly to recordings made by collectibles dealer Thomas Riccio — the host of the hotel confrontation, who was granted immunity — and felt they heard things that had not been fully transcribed by police, juror Michelle Lyons said.      

       But jurors could not trust the credibility of witnesses who were given plea deals, Lyons said. “We felt we could not rely on that witness testimony,” she said.      

       The jurors all denied they wanted to punish Simpson for past wrongs. Pettit said she prayed for him before and after the case.      

       “I think he’s an ordinary man that made a bad decision,” she said. “I prayed for him and Stewart and the attorneys. I don’t have any ill feelings, and if they walked out tomorrow, so be it.”

 

       Simpson, 61, was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles. He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil case. He had claimed in the robbery case that he was trying to retrieve items that were stolen from him.      

       The jury also reacted to complaints by Simpson’s lawyers that there were no blacks on the panel; both defendants are black. One juror identified herself in a court questionnaire as Hispanic.      

       “We’ve been painted as an all-white jury who hates O.J., and that’s just not true,” Pettit said. “The laws that were laid out were the laws. And they were clearly broken.”

 

       Simpson’s lawyer Yale Galanter told The Associated Press earlier Sunday that the his client is hoping for a new trial and a strong bid to reverse his conviction. He is being isolated from other prisoners in the Clark County Detention Center for his own safety, and is allowed to see only family members and a few friends, he said.      

       Simpson will be held at the detention center until his sentencing on Dec. 5 and then is expected to be moved to state prison. Galanter said he will pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond during the appeals process.

 

O.J.’S CASE WINDING DOWN October 3, 2008

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       Simpson and co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart each face 12 counts – including conspiracy and coercion – in the alleged robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room last year. They face five years to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping, or mandatory prison time if convicted of armed robbery. Both men have pleaded not guilty.      

       Neither Simpson nor Stewart testified before the prosecution, and their defenses rested their cases Wednesday after a last-minute dispute over a witness’ blurted testimony threatened to derail the trial after four days of jury selection and 12 days of testimony.      

       Glass expressed exasperation and concern that the trial was in jeopardy after the blurted comment from the stand by the final witness, Las Vegas police detective Andy Caldwell, who headed the investigation.      

       Dismissing calls for a mistrial by the defense because of the detective’s comments, Glass said: “I’m trying to get this case back on track. I’m surprised you haven’t seen my head spin and fire come out of my mouth at this point in this trial.”      

       Glass admonished jurors to disregard the comment by Detective Caldwell and then told them to forget about her admonition.

 

O.J. SIMPSON TO FACE ALL-WHITE JURY September 15, 2008

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The fate of O.J. Simpson will be in the hands of an all-white jury of 12 when opening arguments begin today in his trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges in Las Vegas.

 

      The selection process began back in mid-August when 500 prospective jurors filled out a 26-page questionnaire. The judge wanted to be sure that jurors would not be biased against Simpson, who is African-American, and was acquitted of the 1994 slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, both of whom were white.

 

       “If you are here thinking you are going to punish Mr. Simpson for what happened in Los Angeles in 1995 this is not the case for you,” said Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass last Monday, according to the Associated Press. “I mean really, truly, folks. I’m not kidding around. Can you put that aside and understand that the case we are trying here and the info you’re going to hear about here is totally separate from that case?”

 

       Simpson, 61, faces 12 faces life in jail on charges stemming from a confrontation in a hotel room in September 2007 after which he and a gang of gun-toting cohorts left with pillow cases stuffed full of sports memorabilia. In the state of Nevada, kidnapping and armed robbery both carry potential life sentences.