LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson's acquittal on murder charges nearly 13 years ago loomed large over the first day of jury selection in his armed robbery trial here.
"If you are here and think you are going to punish Mr. Simpson for what happened in 1995, this is not the case for you," Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass told potential jurors Monday. She added in a no-nonsense tone that she didn't want panelists who intended "to become famous and write a book and be on TV."
Glass stopped short of allowing Simpson's attorneys to ask prospective jurors whether they considered the football great a murderer. But the judge dismissed two people who said they couldn't get past Simpson's trial in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Simpson, 61, a former USC and NFL star, is accused of robbing two sports collectible dealers at gunpoint at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino last September. He says he was trying to get back stolen mementos and denies guns were involved.