Last month, OJ Simpson and Clarence Stewart were found guilty on multiple charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. Brent Bryson, the pair’s criminal defense lawyer, attempted on Friday to have the case declared a mistrial and begin a new one. Bryson claims that the jury foreman, Paul Connelly, was guilty of misconduct, as Connelly was dismissed from a job for making racial slurs and reportedly told reporters on the scene that Simpson “should have gotten life in prison” for Nicole Brown’s murder.
The judge for the case denied the motion, and reminded the defense attorney that they were aware of Connelly’s past before the case began.
Simpson and Stewart currently face begin sentenced to prison for life. They are currently scheduled for a sentencing hearing in December.
Thirteen years to the day after OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder charges, he was found guilty on twelve criminal charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary.
Simpson, along with his co-defendant, are now in jail and will remain there until December when they will face sentencing. The charges against Simpson could put him in jail for the rest of his life.
Simpson’s defense lawyers plan to appeal, and believe that Simpson’s prior trial and acquittal tainted the jury and led to their decision to find Simpson guilty.
Have you been following the the current OJ Simpson robbery case? If not, here is a run down of what has happened…
About a year ago, OJ Simpson and now co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart went into a sports memorabilia convention in Las Vegas and purportedly at gunpoint took Simpson memorabilia away from dealer Bruce Fromong who the claim stole the items from Simpson.
The defense criminal law attorney claims that Simpson was merely taking back what was rightfully his, while prosecutors have filed 12 counts of robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and coercion against Simpson and Stewart.
Things are currently heating up in the courtroom as testimony from key witness Fromong contradicts himself on the stand, now saying that he had no intention of profiting from the confrontation at the convention, while the defense has shown on tape him stating “It’s not (expletive) over. I’ll have ‘Inside Edition’ down here for us tomorrow. I told them I want big money” and eBay listings on Fromong’s account with text promoting items as “The same ones stolen by O.J. in Las Vegas.”
The prosecution plans to bring The Goldmans, the family of Ron Goldman who was murdered in 1994 who Simpson was found not guilty of murdering him back in 1995 but found guilty in a civil case, into the mix with allegations that Simpson was trying to hide valuables in order to avoid paying them financial compensation.
Co-defendant Stewart fears that he will be dragged into a more severe punishment if found guilty due to Simpson’s notoriety. Should Simpson be found guilty of the most serious charges, he will face life in prison.
You can be sure we’ll have future updates as new information comes to light. This case is far from over…