O.J. Simpson: Still Guilty
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied O.J. Simpson’s appeal of his armed robbery and kidnapping convictions in connection with the Las Vegas hotel room heist. In the ruling handed down Friday morning, the state’s high court said all of Simpson’s arguments for overturning the conviction were “without merit.” However, the court did overturn the conviction of Simpson’s co-defendant Clarence “C.J” Stewart, and ordered a new trial for Stewart. Simpson and Stewart were convicted on a dozen counts each including kidnapping, armed robbery, and conspiracy for the September 2007 heist of two memorabilia dealers in a hotel room at the Palace Station. During the September 2008 trial, Simpson and his attorneys denied any use of guns and argued he was simply trying to retrieve personal items that had been stolen from him. Simpson is serving a 9-33 year prison sentence at the state prison in Lovelock, Nevada. Stewart is serving 7 1/2 to 27 years at the High Desert State Prison northwest of Las Vegas. In his appeal, Simpson’s attorneys accused Judge Jackie Glass of misconduct, and claimed prosecutors unfairly tilted the racial makeup of the jury.