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Simpson guilty on all charges in robbery trial

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  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - 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.
    Simpson, 61, could spend the rest of his life in prison. Sentenced 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 and a friend of hers in Los Angeles in one of the most sensational trials of the 20th century.

    Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, 54, also was found guilty on all charges 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. As spectators left the courtroom, Durio collapsed and paramedics were called, court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer said.

    Jurors made no eye contact with the defendants.

    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."

    From the beginning, Simpson and 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.

    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.

    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, defense attorney Yale 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."
     
  2. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    WOW!!! The karma bug in on a major rampage this week!!!!
     
  3. English

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    In 95 when Simpson went on trial for the murder of his wife, the case caught the eye of the English public.

    It was nothing to do with his status as an ex football star, the sport wasn't a big deal over here at that time. However, TV footage of the chase after the event was something most of us hadn't seen before.

    It was also the first time we were aware of a trial being filmed live. Although we couldn't watch it live, recorded clips were shown on our news broadcasts and they were avidly watched and discussed at length in most workplaces the following day.

    The common thinking is that he 'got away with that one' and it must have been hard for any of the current jury to ignore their own thoughts about the murder trial and he was probably destined to be found guilty from the start.

    He can't be too intelligent though, if the memorabilia dealer set the meeting up yet OJ thought he could get away with taking his gang in there tooled up!
     
  4. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Yeah. I remember after getting away with murder, he went to England hoping to refresh his career in public appearances and acting.
    I understand that the people there didn't exactly greet him with open arms.
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Let's wait and see if it sticks.
     
  6. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Breaking News:

    The "real killer" in the Brown/Goldman murders is now behind bars.

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  7. Kwak

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    So long dirt bag.
     
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    payback's a *****
     
  9. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    The karma bug is biting viciously and has a major taste for blood!!! :yes:

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  10. Enormo

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    Karma nothin'... a criminal is as a criminal does. Give any criminal enough appearances infront of a jury and the evidence will eventually will do them in. He burried himself. Fool.
     
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    Well put. Simpson is such an arrogant prick that he must've literally thought he was made out of Teflon. Finally, karmic retribution is at hand.........and it's gonna stick to him like **** sticks to a blanket.:yes:
     
  12. LV Bolt Fan

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    It will stick. :yes:

    D.A. David Roger tried the case himself.
     
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    That jury must have really wanted to bring back the verdict on 10/3.... :icon_mrgreen:

    13 turns out to be a very unlucky number for Simpson. His little hotel blunder was on 9/13/07. The trial lasted 13 days, the jury deliberated 13 hours before reaching their verdict which was read 13 years, to the day, that Simpson was acquitted of murders of his wife and Ron Goldman. I was able to watch the reading of both OJ verdicts, live..It gave me a little satisfaction to see that the law caught up with him, finally...

    This verdict will stick for Simpson, yet I believe that CJ Stewart could get a reversal on appeal.
     
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    Good point. Just like those who keep dodging bullets. Only one has to hit!


    Do you know what was ahead in his life before the murders?
    I read this years ago... CBS was going to put a sitcom together where he would be the main character. Sort on like the new "Cosbys" type of show.
    You figure, even if the show flopped... it still would have got him more offers for movies, commercials, and other TV shows.

    Amazing how he couldn't let the divorce go and move forward. Especially when he had so many options to move forward.
     
  15. LV Bolt Fan

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    CJ will serve the same as OJ. :yes:
    This isn't California! :icon_tease:

    JMO,
    I think OJ was set up and his stupidity caught up to him.
     
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    But fukem. He got away with one.
     
  17. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    Stupidity and narcissism.
    Most people in his situation would realize they bought their way out of going to prison and now there's no more Cochran.
    I guess he felt that as long as he doesn't kill anybody, he can still get by.
     
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    I couldn't help but wonder if the reason the jury decided to deliberate so late was to be able to give OJ the verdict they thought he deserved on the anniversity of his acquittal.
     
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    So, I guess it's Lucky 13 for those of us who wanted OJ to get be found guilty.
     
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    Simpson planned acquittal party

    O.J. Simpson was so confident that he was going to beat the rap again that he had an acquittal party planned, it was learned.

    Simpson associate Thomas Riccio, after an in-studio interview Friday with radio talk-show host Anthony Crivello and retired Las Vegas police detective Phil Ramos, invited them to join O.J.'s entourage at an undisclosed location.


    "That's how certain he was," Crivello said during an interview on Saturday, a day after Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart were found guilty on all counts, including armed robbery and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

    "He's been predicting a hung jury," said Ramos, who attended the trial and provided expert commentary on Crivello's show, "The Sicilians" on Fox Sports Radio KBAD-AM, 920.

    "The first thing that popped into my head," Ramos said, "was Sandy Murphy." He was referring to Murphy's overconfidence the day the jury began deliberating in 2000 when she and Rick Tabish were accused of killing casino operator Ted Binion in 1998.

    While getting ready to return to jail, Murphy called out to her attorney John Momot, "See you at Piero's tonight, John," a reference to her favorite restaurant.

    She had to eat her words when the jury came back several days later with guilty verdicts for her and Tabish, her lover. They were convicted of killing Binion in 1998. Three and a half years later, the Nevada Supreme Court overturned her and Tabish's convictions for murder.

    Riccio had arranged Simpson's meeting that led to the September 2007 holdup of two memorabilia dealers at Palace Station.
     

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