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July 5, 2015

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Nevada Supreme Court rejects petition of O.J. Simpson

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This is O.J. Simpson's booking photo in Nevada's High Desert State Prison.

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

Simpson, through his lawyers, had asked that the full seven members hear his case.

A three-judge panel initially rejected the appeal of Simpson, who was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.

The court today rejected the petition for a rehearing without comment. Simpson is serving his term at the Lovelock Correctional Center.

Simpson and his partners entered the hotel room of memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley at Palace Station. Simpson said the items belonged to him and accused the two men of stealing them.

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

The Supreme Court earlier granted a new trial to Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, an accomplice of Simpson’s. He had originally received the same sentence as Simpson.

In district court earlier this year, Stewart entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to nine months of house arrest, plus probation.

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  1. i think the govenor should pardon mr. simpson he may have gone about it the wrong way but at one time the stuff was his.

  2. When you sell your car, you're not allowed to get it back just because you owned it first. OJ sold all that stuff, then he wanted it back without paying for it. That's against the law.

  3. He did not sell the items, they were misappropriated and sold by someone who did not own them. OJ was also not armed with a weapon, the man that was armed is out walking the streets today.

  4. Real simple--This city and its citizen will not tolerate anyone walking in to a hotel with a gun and making unlawful demands for property and ordering people around at gunpoint. Period.

    There are lawful means to recover stolen property. Mr. Simpson did not pursue those means.

    There appears to be no question that Mr. Simpson had a gun and demanded property. He admitted as much in interviews with the police before he was booked.

    He was tried and the jury found him guilty. To date no appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court has been successful. Read the pleadings. His attorneys failed to demonstrate that he did not receive a fair trial (an all white jury does not, in and of itself, constitute an "unfair" trial.)

    Anything less than the sentence he received would have been a miscarriage of justice.

  5. OMG - MG is a lover of a murderer. Wow! If only he knew the facts of the case before he makes himself look like an idiot! Having watched the entire case so that I could KNOW the facts, OJ Simpson is right where he should be. He is a criminal who thinks laws don't apply to him. Well, now he knows that when you commit a crime in Nevada you're going to get convicted! I hope he serves every bit of his 33 years and dies a slow, hideous and horrible death in prison. And that's better than he deserves!