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O.J. Simpson goes to trial, dogged by his past

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  1. Deb

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    O.J. Simpson goes to trial, dogged by his past

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    LAS VEGAS - Once upon a time O.J. Simpson was a national sports hero, showered with adulation and endorsement contracts. He was the "Juice" — a Hall of Fame football star, actor, TV commentator and pitchman with a beautiful wife, two children and a Rolls Royce.

    But the stabbing death of his ex-wife more than 14 years ago makes those early days seem like a fairy tale for Simpson. It was a life before allegations of murder, robbery and kidnapping, before the world he knew ended and a new, darker one began.

    The next chapter unfolds Monday in a Las Vegas courtroom, where Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart go on trial on armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

    The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a motion filed Thursday by Stewart's lawyers seeking to have the two men tried separately.
    A conviction could send them to prison for life.

    Simpson, 61, is accused of leading an odd collection of characters, including three convicted criminals, to a casino hotel room, where they were charged with holding two sports collectibles dealers at gunpoint and taking memorabilia that Simpson maintains belonged to him.

    Simpson, who lives in Miami, has said he was trying to retrieve personal belongings and family heirlooms, that he didn't ask anyone to bring guns and that he didn't know anyone in the room was armed.
    But four of the five men who accompanied him have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Simpson.

    One, Michael McClinton, testified that Simpson asked him to bring guns and told him to look "menacing" during the confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley.

    Shadow of slayings hangs over trial
    Hanging over the trial, scheduled to last five weeks, will be the shadow of the 1994 slaying of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, who was found slashed to death along with her friend, Ronald Goldman.

    As a stunned nation looked on, Simpson led a slow-speed chase in a white Ford Bronco and was charged with the killings. A year later, after a televised trial watched by millions, he was acquitted. A civil jury later held him liable for the killings, but he hasn't paid the $33.5 million in damages, insisting he did not commit the slayings.

    And then Simpson retreated to Florida seemingly intent on living the life of a retiree, playing golf every day and looking after his children.

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  2. Lightning's Girl

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    My piles bleed for him...............

    OJ Simpson is an overhyped, murdering, selfish, ego-"testicle", greedy, thieving, sexist, hypocritical, lying sack of ****.

    'Nuff said.
     
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  3. BFISA

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    Make it stick!! :yes:
     
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    Geez, I forgot that trial is here in Vegas; one can't hardly get close to the Clark County Courthouse from alla the security and media.

    No biggie?? It is if I wanna get to the back end of Fremont St. :tdown:
     
  5. Lightning's Girl

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    OJ is a total waste of oxygen.

    If I had my way, he'd have been convicted right the FIRST time and thrown so far back in prison they'd have to pipe light in to him........he's a smug, sickening son-of-a-beep.
     
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    word
     
  7. Lightning's Girl

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    What I can't believe is how anyone could have believed him innocent of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. I just got done arguing with some chick on another board who thinks he's too dumb to do what MOST of the world knows damn well he did. I say, he's dumb like a fox---he only plays stupid to escape the justice he should have gotten 15 years ago. AND he had the best defense money can buy in the form of Johnnie Cochran, who's probably in Hell trying to get Satan off on a technicality.

    To hell with them both. I'm sick to death of OJ Simpson as a topic of conversation---his 15 minutes of fame should have been over with once he left football.
     

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