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Judge thwarts Simpson's lawyers

June 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

O.J. Simpson's lawyers lost a bid to question prospective jurors in his armed-robbery trial about what they know and think about the former football star.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass also rejected the lawyers' attempt to use a long pretrial questionnaire to gauge how those in the jury pool might respond to defense strategies.

Simpson, Charles Ehrlich and Clarence "C.J." Stewart face kidnapping and other charges related to the alleged robbery of sports memorabilia from dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in September.

Defense lawyers are concerned about seating an impartial jury because of Simpson's celebrity -- as an NFL Hall of Famer and the acquitted defendant in the Los Angeles slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

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