The Legal Saga of O.J. Simpson

Background and Latest Developments

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O.J. Simpson in Court. © Getty Images

On October 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but his legal problems did not end then by a long shot. On Feb. 4, 1997, a civil jury found Simpson liable for the deaths and awarded their families $8.5 million in compensatory damages.

On Sept. 13, 2007, Simpson and four other men entered a Las Vegas casino hotel room where some of his sports memorabilia was being offered for sale by two collectors.

After three days of investigation, police arrested O.J. Simpson on kidnapping and armed robbery charges.

O.J. Simpson's Appeal Denied

September 11, 2015 - Former NFL running back O.J. Simpson has lost another appeal of his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room. The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected Simpson's latest request for a new trial.

A three-judge panel of the state's highest court issued a 16-page ruling that there was no reason to overturn Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell's rejection of Simpson's latest appeal.

Simpson, now 68, was previously turned down in an appeal effort for a new trial in September 2010. He is serving a nine to 33-year sentence in a Nevada prison.

This time, his attorneys argued that his trial attorney had conflicts of interest in the case and mishandled the case.

Previous Developments

O.J. Gets New Trial Hearing
May 13, 2013
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Simpson will appear in public today for the first time since he was sentenced four years ago. He will be in the same courtroom where he was convicted of a sport memorabilia armed robbery asking for a new trial on this kidnapping and armed robbery conviction.

Court Considers O.J. Simpson's Bail Plea
Aug.

3, 2009
A three-judge panel of the Nevada Supreme Court has heard a motion from O.J. Simpson's attorney to release the former NFL star on bail pending his appeal. The panel is not expected to make a decision for several weeks.

O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison
Dec. 5, 2008
Former NFL running back, movie star and television commercial spokesman O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 16 years in prison today for the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino motel room.

New Trial Rejected for O.J. Simpson
Nov. 7, 2008
O.J. Simpson's first attempt to obtain a new trial has been rejected by a Nevada judge. Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass ruled that issues raised by Simpson's attorneys did not merit granting a new trial.

O.J. Simpson Guilty on All Charges
Oct. 3, 2008
Exactly 13 years after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson was immediately taken into custody.

O.J. Simpson to Face All-White Jury
Sept. 11, 2008
Over the objections of defense attorneys, a panel of all-white jurors was chosen last Thursday to hear the kidnapping and armed robbery case of O.J.

Simpson and codefendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart.

Jury Selection Begins in O.J. Simpson Trial
Sept. 8, 2008
Jury selection has begun in the Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping trial of O.J. Simpson and codefendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart with the judge warning jurors not to allow their feelings about what happened in Simpson's 1995 trial affect their deliberations.

O.J. Simpson Trial Won't Be Delayed
Aug. 28, 2008
Apparently, the start of O.J. Simpson's trial in Las Vegas on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping is going to start as scheduled, after two court rulings this week, including one from the Nevada Supreme Court. Simpson's last co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, lost an appeal to have his trial separate from the former NFL star.

O.J. Co-Defendant Agrees to Plea Deal
Aug. 4, 2008
Another co-defendant in O.J.

Simpson's robbery and kidnapping trial has entered a plea to a lesser charge and agreed to testify against Simpson. Charles Ehrlich pleaded guilty to accessory to attempted robbery and attempted burglary of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino motel room.

O.J. Judge Orders Man to Reveal Recording
July 31, 2008
The Nevada judge presiding over the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial has ordered a man subpoenaed to court with a recording that he says contradicts the sworn testimony of one of the witnesses in the case. On the tape, attorneys claim, Michael McClinton contradicts testimony that he gave in a November preliminary hearing.

Book: O.J. Simpson Confessed to Murders
May 12, 2008
A former friend and memorabilia dealer has written a tell-all book about O.J. Simpson in which he claims the former NFL star confessed to killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Mike Gilbert says Simpson confessed while taking sleeping pills, smoking marijuana and drinking beer at his Brentwood home just weeks after the murders.

Judge Grants Delay for O.J. Simpson Trial
March 7, 2008
A Las Vegas judge reluctantly agreed to delay the armed robbery and kidnapping trial of O.J. Simpson until September, but refused to drop any of the charges.

Las Vegas Judge Doubles O.J. Simpson's Bail
Jan. 16, 2008
An angry Judge Jackie Glass lectured O.J. Simpson for violating the terms of his original bail and then doubled his bail to $250,000. The judge ruled that Simpson's attempt to contact a co-defendant through his bail bondsman after being told not to do so, was a violation of the terms of his bail.

O.J. Simpson in Custody on Bail Violation
Jan 11, 2008
O.J. Simpson is in the custody of a bail bondsman in Florida after he was accused of violating the terms of his release on bail by contacting one of his co-defendants in the armed robbery case in Las Vegas.

O.J. Simpson Enters Not Guilty Plea
Nov. 28, 2007
O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, coercion and conspiracy at his arraignment in Las Vegas.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass accepted his plea and set a trial date of April 7, 2008.

O.J. Simpson Ordered to Stand Trial
Nov. 14, 2007
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure has ordered O.J. Simpson and two co-defendants held over for trial on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a confrontation in a casino hotel room.

O.J. Simpson's Preliminary Hearing Continues
Nov. 9, 2007
In the first two days of a preliminary hearing for O.J. Simpson on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery, one witness testified that Simpson may have never seen any guns drawn during the hotel room incident because he was standing in front of the men with the guns.

FBI Knew of O.J. Simpson's Plan
The FBI was told of O.J. Simpson's plan to retrieve personal items he claimed were stolen by a sports memorabilia dealer three weeks before Simpson and a group of men removed those items at gunpoint from a Las Vegas casino hotel room.

Co-Defendant to Testify Against O.J. Simpson
Oct. 15, 2007
A Las Vegas man who claims he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, will plea guilty in a plea deal that include him testifying in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery case.

 

O.J. Simpson Faces More Charges, Gets Bail
Sept. 19, 2007
Las Vegas District Attorney David Roger added kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping to the list of felonies facing O.J. Simpson in connection with the armed robbery of a casino hotel room last week, bringing the number of charges against the former football star to 10.

O.J. Simpson Arrested for Robbery
Sept. 16, 2007
In the midst of a media coverage frenzy, O.J.

Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas on several felony charges in connection with the armed robbery in a hotel room where some of the former football player's sport memorabilia was being offered for sale.

Victim's Sister Wants O.J. Book Boycott
Aug. 16, 2007
The sister of Nicole Brown Simpson says she is "shocked and horrified" that Ron Goldman's family is planning to publish the O.J. Simpson book "If I Did It," and wants the book boycotted.

Goldmans Buy Rights to O.J. Simpson's Book
July 4, 2007
The family of Ron Goldman has purchased the copyright, media rights and movie rights to O.J. Simpson's book, "If I Did It" from a bankruptcy court trustee. According to court documents, the Goldmans also bought Simpson's name, likeness, life story and right of publicity in connection with the book.

Goldmans Get O.J.'s Royalties
Feb. 21, 2007
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg has ordered that all royalties and other earnings paid to O.J.

Simpson for his work in movies, television programs and commercials be redirected directly to the family of Ron Goldman.

Fred Goldman Sues O.J. Again
Dec. 22, 2006
Ron Goldman's father has filed another lawsuit against O.J. Simpson, this time seeking any money he received from a book deal that was later cancelled.

The lawsuit claims Simpson set up a shell corporation that received at least $1.1 million for the book, "If I Did It."

News Corp. Cancels O.J. Simpson's Book, Special
Nov. 20, 2006
News Corp., the parent company of HarperCollins and Fox Broadcasting, has announced that it is canceling the publication of O.J. Simpson's book "If I Did It" and the television special that was scheduled next week.

O.J. Simpson Sells His 'Confession'
Nov. 17, 2006
Apparently, O.J. Simpson's search for the real killer is over. In a move that has drawn outrage, not only from the families of his victims, but from those who long believed in his innocence, Simpson has written a book about the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman that his publisher calls "his confession."