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O.J. Simpson appeal denied by Nevada Supreme Court


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O.J. Simpson appears during a sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, 2008.

Updated Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 | 11:09 a.m.

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O.J. Simpson.

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of former football great O.J. Simpson, convicted of 11 counts involving taking items from memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The court, however, ordered a new trial for Clarence Stewart, who was convicted with Simpson. It said Stewart should have been granted a separate trial.

Simpson and five other men attempted to regain what Simpson believed was his personal property in September 2007 in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.

The Supreme Court, in a 24-page opinion, said evidence showed Simpson and his accomplices devised a plan to lure memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley to a room in the Palace Station hotel-casino.

Simpson’s plan was to get both men to the room under the false pretense of orchestrating a memorabilia sale, the court said.

“When Simpson and Clarence Stewart and the rest of the men came through the door, (Michael) McClinton had his gun out and both victims were directed to stop talking on the phone and get their backs to the wall and not move," the court said.

The court said Simpson yelled for nobody to leave the room and accused the two men to stealing his items.

Simpson was convicted of conspiracies to commit a crime, kidnapping and robbery; and burglary, kidnapping, robbery with use of a deadly weapon and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpson, now 63, is serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center. Stewart, 56, is at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City.

The court rejected seven claims by Simpson that his convictions should be overturned. He argued the prosecution committed misconduct during the trial by excusing two potential jurors who were black and eliciting testimony by intimidation of a witness. He also claimed there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of kidnapping.

But the court upheld the rulings of District Judge Jackie Glass. The court found, however, that Glass was wrong in refusing to grant Stewart a separate trial.

Stewart received the same sentence as Simpson.

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  1. I can't believe they overturned Stewart and not Simpson for the same thing. That is an expensive point for Nevada to make for not addressing the issues....

  2. This is a serious miscarriage of justice - it is costing Nevadans millions that the state does not have. The matter was settled without the intervention of the state - time to get real here!

  3. Looking back,...OJ shouldn't be locked up in Lovelock at all. Fact is he shouldn't have been in Vegas in 2007,...or anywhere but locked away in Pelican Bay where he should have been for the rest of his life.

    Had they not searched and located 12 of the dumbest people on planet earth years ago in California OJ would have been convicted of the deaths of Nicole & Ron and wouldn't have been slithering around Vegas, Miami or anywhere but his cell.

    Have no sympathy for him,...he's been not too bright twice, away with it once, and here's a toast to his doing all 33 years.

  4. It has been proved many times over that Simpson never committed those murders. How can so many people who only saw extremely biased "summaries" of that trial tgink they know better then the jury? In Las Vegas the jury was carefully selected to make sure they only got people who would convict anyone for everything on the authority of the prosecution. There were no guns. Listen to the tape. Nobody is scared. It's not Simpson who said "let nobody leave the room", the guy even said that when Simpson was still talking... do they think he can speak with two voices at the same time?
    O.J. Simpson is a very good, smart and completely non-violent person.