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Plenty of hysteria, notoriety surrounded 2008 Simpson trial

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 5/01 9:11 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- It's been nearly five years since O.J. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery inside a Las Vegas hotel room. At a hearing beginning next week in Las Vegas, Simpson will claim his attorney was incompetent.

News 3 takes a look back at the memorabilia case.

It took the jury just one day to reach its decision that Simpson was guilty.

A nearly four-week trial featured a little bit of everything, including a foul-mouthed Simpson caught on tape shouting orders during the actual crime in September 2007.

Police say Simpson and a posse of accomplices burst into a room at palace station and robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

Hotel surveillance video captured the group as they left.

Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger prosecuted the case and says the evidence was overwhelming.

“O.J. Simpson was only going to walk out of that courtroom a free man if the jury rejected all of the evidence and disregarded the court's instructions,” Rogers said.

But from the beginning, it was clear -- this was no ordinary robbery trial.

The defendant: a former football hero acquitted of double murder a dozen years earlier and treated like a superstar outside the Regional Justice Center.

Former Judge Jackie Glass presided over the trial and spoke to News 3 after the guilty verdict.

“Maintaining control of that courtroom was one of the things I was focused on,” Glass said, “and there were times when I felt like I was in the game Whack-A-Mole with the attorneys standing up with objections, whatever they were doing.”

As for a defense, Simpson told police he was simply retrieving his own property, memorabilia stolen from him years earlier.

That story fell flat with jurors.

Simpson was found guilty in October 2008 and given a sentence of nine to 33 years in prison. Now he wants a new trial, alleging his attorney at the time was incompetent. Roger has been subpoenaed to testify.

“I was a prosecutor for 25 years and I knew that cases were never over until either the defendants were released from prison or they died,” he said.

Simpson did not testify at the 2008 trial. Chances are good he may take the stand this time around.


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