July 12, 2011 |
As Roger Clemens watches jury selection for his perjury trial this week, America prepares for another rendition of its real-life theater: sports figures on trial. Two high-profile cases in the 1990s put the spotlight on the public disciplining of sports legends: O.J. Simpson's 1995 criminal trial, in which the Hall of Fame running back was found not guilty of murdering his former wife and her friend, and heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's conviction on rape charges in 1992.
October 23, 2010 |
A Nevada Supreme Court panel on Friday denied O.J. Simpson's appeal of his armed robbery and kidnapping convictions, finding his arguments that nearly every phase of the trial was flawed "without merit. " Simpson's legal team vowed to fight the decision. "This is not the end of the game," said attorney Malcolm LaVergne. "I'm not comfortable with the decision at all. " Separately, the three-justice panel ordered a new trial for Simpson codefendant Clarence "C.J. " Stewart.
October 7, 2008
Re "Simpson guilty on all counts," Oct. 4 Kudos to the Nevada judicial system. The entire O.J. Simpson trial took about three weeks to complete. The jury deliberated only one day. The judge was a no-nonsense jurist who kept the lawyers in check and kept sidebar conferences and objections to a minimum. I have served on many juries in Los Angeles County, where jurors are lucky if they hear more than two to three hours of testimony a day and cases are usually bogged down with objections and sidebar conferences.
September 16, 2008 |
Expecting to sell O.J. Simpson collectibles to a wealthy buyer at a hotel here, memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong was instead shoved, patted down and threatened with a gun by associates of the former NFL star, Fromong testified Monday. Fromong said that during the six-minute confrontation, Simpson shouted: "Don't let anybody out of this room. Nobody gets out of here." Simpson, Fromong added, accused him of stealing the memorabilia, yelling, "I thought you were a good guy!" Fromong described the scene during the opening day of Simpson's trial -- a muted event compared with his "trial of the century" in Los Angeles, where Simpson was acquitted in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
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September 9, 2008 |
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.
September 14, 2007 |
Oprah Winfrey says she won't buy or read the O.J. Simpson book, "If I Did It," but she helped promote it Thursday by having the father and sister of Ronald Goldman on her TV talk show. Fred Goldman and his daughter, Kim, said that by seizing control of the book, they are punishing the man they believe murdered their loved one. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron.