Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Nevada Supreme Court Considers Simpson Appeal
A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices focused Monday on whether O.J. Simpson received a fair trial in a gunpoint hotel room heist and whether the case was so unique that he should be freed from prison while his appeal is considered.
"This is post-conviction. That's what concerns me," Justice Michael Cherry declared during rare oral arguments by lawyers about whether the former football star should be allowed to post bond while his appeal is pending. Cherry, the chairman of the three-judge panel considering the bond request, didn't say how long he and the justices might take to decide. It appeared unlikely a ruling would come before an Aug. 12 deadline for Clark County District Attorney to file a written answer to Simpson's appeal.
It is unusual for the Nevada Supreme Court, the state's only appeals court, to hear oral arguments about bond, and it would be even more unusual for Simpson to be released. The justices are weighing whether Simpson might flee, whether he poses a danger to the community, and if they have a good chance of winning their appeals.
If I stole my own shit, you must acquit!