Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson appeals

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Las Vegas - The Nevada Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of Hall-of-Fame running back O.J. Simpson, deeming all eight of his appeal arguments as without merit.

Simpson was convicted in October 2008 on multiple charges in an armed robbery and kidnapping trial, and the 63-year-old was sentenced to serve between nine and 33 years in prison.

On appeal, Simpson's lawyers raised eight separate issues, including that two prospective jurors were rejected because they were African-American. But the state Supreme Court rejected that appeal, saying that Simpson's lawyers offered no evidence of "purposeful discrimination."

The ruling also said prosecutors provided a number of race-neutral reasons for rejecting both prospective jurors.

Simpson's lawyers also argued that the district court committed judicial misconduct by ordering them to "stop" and "sit down," though the Supreme Court denied that by saying those directives were made to both the prosecution and defense to maintain order.

Another appeal said that prosecutors engaged in misconduct by eliciting testimony of witness intimidation. The appeals included allegations that the district court abused its discretion when settling jury instructions and by admitting hearsay statements.

They also argued that the district court, in which Simpson was convicted, violated Simpson's Sixth Amendment right by limiting cross-examination of a witness. Two other appeals concerned redundant convictions and insufficient evidence.

But in Friday's ruling, the state Supreme Court outlined its reasons for rejecting all of the appeals in a 24-page opinion, upholding the ruling of District Court Judge Jackie Glass.

Simpson was convicted of charges which include conspiracy, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a September 2007 incident. Simpson led a group of men into a Palace Station hotel room, aiming to retrieve personal items and memorabilia.

Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, was also found guilty in the case. But the state Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the district court abused its discretion by denying a motion to sever the trials, reversing the conviction and ordering a new trial for Stewart.


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