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September 16th, 2008
06:01 PM ET

O.J. trial: Judge on fire

Editor’s Note:
O.J. Simpson is on trial for robbery and kidnapping charges nearly a year after police arrested him in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prosecutors say Simpson and five other men stormed into a Las Vegas hotel room last September 13 to recover sports memorabilia that Simpson said belonged to him. They say at least two men with Simpson had guns as they robbed two sports memorabilia dealers. The following dispatches come from our Ted Rowlands covering the trial.

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Ted Rowlands
CNN Correspondent

Thanks to Judge Jackie Glass nobody fell asleep today in the OJ Simpson courtroom. (One of the jurors did yesterday).

The judge was on fire!!! Yelling at the attorneys as they complained about each other. From her "sit down" to Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter to her "stop stop stop" to the other attorneys, Glass is proving that this is her courtroom.

One local attorney told me "she's no judge Ito" referring to Lance Ito of OJ trial #1 who many feel lost control. Glass is riding a fine line between keeping control of the courtroom and becoming a distraction, don't be surprised if attorneys start complaining on the record about the way she's treating them in front of the jury.

Bruce Fromong the memorabilia dealer with the bad heart finished up his testimony today, with his wife Lynette by his side he told me after that he feels fine and thinks he was just a bit over heated.

Prosecutors are starting to zero in on what seems to be the real heart of their case...... THE GOLDMANS! Forget everything else, if they can get jurors to believe that Simpson and his memorabilia buddies hid valuables from the Goldmans, OJ may go down.

Stay tuned.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Misty

    OMG what's with you people? Weither you all agree or not O. J. was aquited of the murder. Blame the police and prosecutors for him getting aquited. Don't blame him. They were the ones that botch the case not him or his lawyers. They did what he paid them to do and that was to get him off the charges. The state and the police didn't do their jobs. If anyone should be blames for a murder going free, be it O. J. or someone else, the fault is solely the on the side of the prosecutor's. Makes me wonder why we even bother to spend time and money having a trial for anyone accused of a crime when even when they are found Not Guilty or Aquited by a jury, people still have to hold the belief that if the police and prosecutor say they did it then by God no matter what they did it. A defence lawyer sole purpose is to get his client off scott free. In this case O.J. didn't get off scott free. All that was deceided was there wasn't enought solid evidence to prove he did it beyond a reasonable doubt. Remember aquital is not a NOT GUILTY nor is it a guilty. It's just a " wow, the evidence wasn't strong enought for a hands down conviction". I personally believe O.J. tried to get his personal item's back because the system didn't want to help him legally do so it appears they forced him to do what he had to do to get his stuff back that was stolen from him. He shouldn't have done it the way he did but on the other hand the FBI and the local police were made aware of where stolen property was and who possessed it and they did nothing to get it back and charge the people in posession of stolen property trying to sell stolen property. Why is everyone closing their eye to this illegal activity? Stealing, posessions of stolen property and selling stolen property is illegal or at least it is in the state where I live. What if it was your property that was an issue what would you expect the police and the FBI to do?

    September 17, 2008 at 10:32 am |
  2. Susie Dows

    Ron Goldman is NOT a hustler! Just watch the TV coverage of him and his daughter when the O.J. murder trial verdict was read. These people were devastated. Ron's goal is to make OJ "pay" for his crime. Since a jury failed to rightly convict him in a criminal trial, a civil trial decided that he was guilty and the consequence was a monetary loss. That's it-nobody is trying to get rich. The Goldmans are working to make sure O.J is held accountable.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  3. jamie

    to those of you who say that the goldman's need to go in front of a judge to see if they have claim to oj's personal items...they already did that. they do have claims to his personal items. that is why he had his thug buddies move so many of them out of his home before the sheriff's came to get them.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  4. Rick James

    The OJ Simpson trial is way more important than the foreign wars, gas prices, the hurricanes, etc. They should dedicate the front page of CNN to the Simpson case.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  5. Baker L

    2 Things

    1. who cares about OJ Simpson? seriously, with all the problems the country is facing, who cares about this guy
    2. anonymous posted @10:03PM, GET A LIFE, seriously!

    September 17, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  6. Derek

    Watching Justice, YOU ARE A MORON. No I don't believe in the jury system or the court system. It tooka friggin year to bring this to trial? We all know he is a murderer. The original murder trial was botched by the City of Los Angeles. He should be rotting in jail instead of out committing more crimes like the arrogant bastard he is.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  7. Lefty

    Um...Robert Blake shot a white woman. The reason nobody cares is because he was Baretta.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  8. Gigi

    Murderer – black/white, victim – black/white...it doesn't matter to me. Armed robbery – black/white...it doesn't matter to me. Wrong is wrong no matter what the color. What does bother me is the bashing of the Goldman's. Only when you have had a family member murdered do you have the right to sit in judgement. If I recall, they won a civil case against Mr. Simpson and if he is indeed hiding assets, they should continue to seek justice, it is THEIR right.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  9. Bonnie

    I was just reading some of the most ridiculous posts in here. Why are some of you even posting if you can't stand that this trial is in the news to begin with ? You make absolutely no sense and then for you to tell ANY news source what to cover and what not to cover makes me think that you're as narcassistic as O.J. himself.

    The news world does not revolve around you few individuals. There are some of us out there who want to keep up with things you guys deem as unnewsworthy.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  10. Carole Clarke

    People love gossip and scandal so this story gets covered. But a more important thing is to see how the system works. Are the lawyers doing everything they can for their clients? Was the jury chosen correctly, were all the legal forms followed? Was the case presented fairly under the evidentiary rules? Was the instruction to the jury by the judge done correctly? Did the jury deliberate on only the evidence presented and was its verdict arrived at correctly?

    No matter what you think of O.J., and his life, this trial is important because it should confirm that when YOU come into the system, the same process will unfold for you – we have to trust that.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  11. Terry

    What a waste of Electricity and Manpower to broadcast this farce. Who really cares about O.J. Simpson? Luckily – no one was killed – this time!

    September 17, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  12. Bonnie

    Whiney lawyers in an O.J. trial, gee now where do I know that from ? I think O.J. has totally lost touch by forcing a trial. This is not a jury from South Central.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  13. Keith

    BTW, Watching Justice. He was convicted for causing the death in the civil suit. It's a shame that the collective IQ of the criminal jury was about 12.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:43 am |
  14. Keith

    Yo, Watching Justice. Where have you been for the past 14 years. The Goldmans have repeatedly taken their issues before a Judge. Mr Goldman should have put a bullet through his head long before now.

    As far as M Martin's comments, where was Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson? Why is it anytime it is one of their own that is alleged to have been offended, they can't get in front of the TV enough. Sharpton is probably the biggest racist in our country. (I don't think Sharpton ever apologized to the people he accused in the Tawanda whatever affair, where she accused white folks of smearing her with feces.)

    September 17, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  15. Ed

    I had a civil trial once and one of the jurors fell asleep.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  16. bobby b

    "If O.J. had been accused of killing a black woman none of you would care."
    – – –

    Probably true, in my case. He was accused of killing a white woman, and I don't care, so I don't think it would be fair of me to care if she had been black. That'd be racist.

    September 16, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    If O.J. had been accused of killing a black woman none of you would care. Case and point, Robert Blake. I don't see any of you O.J. haters boycotting him every time he's out in public. What about Phil Specter? I've seen him around town here in the San Gabriel Valley where he lives and NOBODY says a darn thing to him. You guys are a bunch of bigots. Just face it and admit it.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  18. Annie Kate

    I'm surprised the prosecution is even trying this case – all of the witnesses have records and even the victims can't agree that a crime was committed. Why are we wasting time on this? We didn't get OJ for murdering Nicole and her friend – I don't think we'll get him in this farce either.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  19. MB Bradway

    Actually the trial is partially about the Goldmans. The prosecutors will show that OJ conspired to hide valuable memorabilia from the asset reporting during the Goldman civil trial. They have at least three charges they are going to be testing as the trial progresses, Fraud seems a sure bet if armed robbery and criminal confinement don't stick.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  20. Karen

    I, personally, find this hilarious... It just goes to prove if you give someone enough rope, eventually they will hang themselves.

    I stopped reading the comments after I saw someone made reference to this being a black/white thing... Pahlease, people... It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with breaking the law...

    He was caught red handed this time and you can bet the police will be crossing their "T's" and dotting their "I's" this time... He thought he was above the law... probably being found innocent in the last trial added to that. Now he's going to face judgment again and it doesn't look good for him this time.

    And I will laugh.... really loud belly laughing... when he is found guilty this time around. Look up the word "idiot" in the dictionary... There will be a picture of OJ.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
  21. Ruben

    Stop! Judging OJ.He was set up by this ambitious scam Bruce and his stupid friend. OJ will be vindicated and he will proved that he is innocent. He just want to retireved his stuff, that's it.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  22. Lou VA BCH

    Its good to see that the ways of fine Americans have not changed. The lets get rich at the expense of others or better still at those who have passed on is still alive and going strong. OJ, as guiltly as it may have appeared to those who found him guilty out side of the courts was after all found not guilty by the same laws that govern all of us. So here we go again judge him as you would have him judge you and you will feel like pissing in the wind, when it hits youin the face again.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  23. Jim Magrath

    One way or another, there going to get you. Your sins will find you OJ. He's had 14 extra years, Bastard, looking over his shoulder, coke head M. F. They got Al Capone for tax evasion. Looking foward to seeing him go down

    September 16, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  24. Lotusjani

    This trial is not about the Goldmans, people!
    This is a whole different case, O.J. might be hated by all of you, but this is about justice, so he was acquited in 1994, whether you like it or not, that is over! People, D.A.'s should stop rehashing the old trial into this one. And Judge does act like Judge Judy and is extremely rude in front of the jury, lack of professionalism, oh well, another she judge from Vegas!

    September 16, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  25. Carolyn

    If only we could retry OJ. With the acceptance and advances in DNA evidence, His butt would be in jail were it belongs.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  26. Jeff

    O.J. may be his own worst enemy but he deserves a fair trial just as everyone else. Ron Goldman deserves nothing, he is a hustler who is trying ot profit off his son's death.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  27. Susan StoHeilt

    This is the simplest case in the world. If OJ chose to bring guys with guns in to take the stuff away from these guys – he's guilty. That's it. Ron, Nicole, black, white, his stuff, stolen, whatever – none of that matters in the slightest. No matter who you are, no matter if you believe the stuff is yours or not, it is NEVER OK for anyone to take the law into their own hands, go up to people with guns, and take stuff. That's all there is to it. All the silly details of is it his or not (and all the evidence shows this stuff did NOT belong to OJ) are irrelevant.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:37 pm |
  28. SJB

    Please. Spare us the courtroom theatrics. Another loud woman judge playing like she's Judge Judy- because she can. Yawwwnnnnn....

    September 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  29. Grady

    Ron and Nicole were both low lifes who lived off O.J.'s money and stupidity. They were both into some illegal dealings. You cannot use another trial to seek revenge. Maybe the problem with the judicial system is not the judges and lawyers but the narrow minded ignorant juriors who base verdict on personal prejudices and not presentation of evidence. This is why DNA is proving the innocence of so many innocent people. Science presents more truth than human intellect, how amazing.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  30. Bobby

    I am no OJ fan but remember the quote"injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". The American justice system is should be ashamed of itself. This type of justice reminds me of the justice blacks received in the deep south many years ago. Just because you think every one hates OJ does not give you the right to insult our dignity and rights as citizens of the U.S. We all know what this trial is about..........Racism at its best.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  31. Scott

    I hope OJ gets a flair trout, then is sentenced for the rest of his pathetic life!

    September 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  32. Fin

    Watching Justice uses the "jury system in America" to aid his arguments when he needs it ("...even though he was acquitted by a jury"), then becomes disgusted with the new trial and calls the "jury system in America" a "facade".
    I point out that if it is a facade, then OJ's acquittal in the first trial was a sham.
    Is it possible that Watching only likes the jury system in America when it produces outcomes he/she prefers?

    September 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  33. D Johnson

    His property or the Goldman's rather doesn't give him the right to commit armed robbery to get the goods back, Justice will be served and Judge Glass will see to it that Las Vegas is not a place like L.A. and you can't go around like you own the hood

    September 16, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  34. Tony Garcia

    This trial has NOTHING to do his murder trial (in which he was found not guilty BTW).

    This is not about Ron and Nicole.

    This is not about the Goldman family.

    This is not about justice for Ron and Nicole.

    This is about the the alleged crimes that were commited in Las Vegas a year ago. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Yes, I have sympathy for what happend to Ron and Nicole, but not to the extent that I would try to use our system of justice to extract revenge, which is how people think that live in third world contries.

    September 16, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  35. samm

    If he really wants to find who killed Ron and NIcole why doesnt he look in the mirror

    September 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  36. Mar

    M.Martin
    Give me a break!!
    Its not about black or white its about justice!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    September 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  37. Watching Justice

    Poster "John Johnson refers to O.J. as a murderer even though he was acquitted by a jury. Clearly you have no faith in the U.S. system of criminal justice – is it comical to you? Should the prosecutor be judge, jury, and executioner?

    Poster "bohicasfo" wants prosecutors to win, regardless of guilt or innocence, and to make-up for O.J.'s acquittal in his murder trial.

    Sounds to me like O.J. was attempting to retrieve items that belonged to him – those that robbed him to begin with are the criminals here. As far as the Goldman's go – they need to take it in front of a judge if they are claiming O.J.'s personal items belong to them, but I seriously doubt that they will get anywhere with a judge.

    So much for the jury system in America – it is merely a facade.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  38. kevin las cruces

    O J in the wrong place at the wrong time once again lets all get together and show him how forgiveing us god fearing people can be i will start first i forgive you O J

    September 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  39. Joe

    You know to many people this is meaningful news. There are those who do not want to hear the constant day to day issues facing us, we all know them. That doesn't mean we want to hear about them everyday. There are many people who feel that justice was not served with the first trial, and they want to see it happen this time, if he is guilty.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  40. Dale Carrison

    With all that is going on in the world today, dictators in South America, missiles in North Korea, nuclear plants in Iran, our economy, home foreclosures, weather related disasters, train wrecks, etc., how could you possibly devote this much coverage to this insipid garbage, that is almost too good for the tabloids?

    September 16, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  41. Bill - Dallas, TX

    Please, not another OJ trial marathon...spare us from hearing anymore about this criminally insane moron!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  42. kevin

    o J should be left alone so he can find the person that killed his wife and here boy friend.The Goldmans should back off O J will find the killer and be able to pay them with the money he gets from his reality tv show.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  43. M. Martin

    I feel sorry for everyone, but especially OJ Simpson, because guilty or not...he's probably going to go down because of the Nicole issue. They hated they didn't get him (a black man) locked up back then in 1994, but they will definitely get him now. OJ should have sat his butt down somewhere. When will the african americans learn? White people are not going to forget about what happens in the past, but if it were a white man back then...they would have been kissing his white butt still today, and Nicole would have been all kinds of names!! You know I'm right!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  44. Deborah

    I agree there are more important issues right now going on in the world, but many of us have been waiting for justice for the murders of Nicole and Ron for a long time and this trial – trivial and inconsequential as it may be – may just be the vehicle by which justice is served. I, for one, will be waiting for a verdict from the jurors with bated breath.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  45. Lisa

    For the first time in a very long time OJ and gang are being manipulated by a white woman who has legal power over him-not QUITE what he has been used to for most of his life!

    September 16, 2008 at 7:35 pm |
  46. Rich Townsend

    Don't you folks have something better to do that chase this loser to Las Vegas...who really give a crap what is going on in this trial? When did CNN stoop so low...where is PT Barnum when you need him?

    September 16, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  47. mel

    the astros lose, its 80 in hemet, fashion week ends, my left front tire needs air please cover meaningfull news

    September 16, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  48. Dee in WI

    For someone Not to believe OJ hid assets, they would have had to be living in a cave! OJ is an arrogant baffoon, who needs to be not only grabbed by the long arm of the law as he has been, but crazy glued to a seat in a jail cell for as long as he draws breath. Just looking at him turns my stomach.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  49. John Johnson

    There's a war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Terrorism is a problem around the world, and the world economy is crumbling. The polar ice caps are melting and gasoline still costs more than $4 per gallon. Between all that and the train wrecks and natural disasters, how is it that CNN or any other news agency has the time or available staff to cover this murderer's trial? Who cares if the attorneys behave or the judge yells at them? Leave this subject to the tabloids, where it rightfully belongs.

    September 16, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  50. bohicasfc

    It was quite a show today. O.J. was not smiling and his Lawyer looked depressed......GO Prosecutors win one for Ron and Nicole...

    September 16, 2008 at 6:33 pm |