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    Ex-football star faces prison sentence of 15 years to life over Vegas incident

    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."

    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."

    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."

    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.
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    The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson

    Couldn't have been more appropriate.

    Add up the charges, looks like a lifer to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson

    Couldn't have been more appropriate.

    Add up the charges, looks like a lifer to me.
    Kinda like Al Capone finally convicted of income tax evasion.
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    He had something like 20 domestic battery charges originally but the police figured that this was the Juice -let him go-every policeman who failed to file those reports should be held accountable .

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    He had something like 20 domestic battery charges originally but the police figured that this was the Juice -let him go-every policeman who failed to file those reports should be held accountable .
    Your post isn't making sense to me. How is it that we know he had 20 dv charges but the police didn't file reports once they learned it was OJ? Are you actually claiming the police actually took dv reports but never forwarded them to the DA's office asking for prosecution?

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    That was brought up several times during the trial.

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    Am I understanding this correctly? So a couple of the guys facing the same charges as Simpson were given immunity and they testified against Simpson? Seems like a conflict of interest to me. Anyone follow the trial and know if there was substantial evidence against Simpson, other than the word of two accused felons?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Oliverbush View Post
    Am I understanding this correctly? So a couple of the guys facing the same charges as Simpson were given immunity and they testified against Simpson? Seems like a conflict of interest to me. Anyone follow the trial and know if there was substantial evidence against Simpson, other than the word of two accused felons?
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    "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."

    I am willing to bet that some of them already have a book deal in place and are already through chapter 10.

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