Editor’s Note: O.J. Simpson arrived Monday for the start of his trial on 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 Paul Vercammen covering the trial:
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O.J. Simpson entered the Clark County Regional Justice Center at 7 30 a.m. Las Vegas time. Simpson dressed in a black blazer, gray pants, white shirt and tie. Offered a wave and smiles to onlookers as he walked through a gauntlet of cattle guards with his attorneys and sheriff's deputies.
Judge Jackie Glass has begun whittling away at the jury pool in the O.J. Simpson trial, dismissing 14 potential panelists so far.
Most were excused for medical reasons, including a doctor scheduled to perform surgery and several potential jurors scheduled to have surgery.
One man with a bad knee limped out of the courtroom.
Glass greeted the pool with a friendly ‘good morning’ at 9:40 Las Vegas Time.
Glass, much like a school teacher addressing her class, had the jurors repeat "good morning" in unison when she felt the original salutation lacked gusto.
Judge Jackie Glass recessed for lunch but not before warning her prospective jurors to ignore anything that might pertain to the O.J. Simpson case.
The warning from Glass included an allusion to lunch specials.
Across the street at "The Courthouse and Bar Grill" they are offering an O.J. Special which includes Orange Chicken over rice with two cuffs (onion rings) and a shot of O.J.
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I agree Annie Kate.The entire thing is disgusting.He makes a joke out of everything. If you go to The Forum Shops at Ceasars Palace there is a gigantic aquarium with big beautiful fish and these robotic statues that perform above it. Well on the left there is a store that is actually a showplace for fancy cars. To the right of the entrance is a table and seated at the table is Pete Rose .Yes I did say Pete Rose. He is there all by himself to sign his autograph. It's very sad. He bet on baseball yeah he lied about it,but he is banned for life from the sport and basically has been left to do this. Then you have someone who bought a verdict. Technology for getting DNA was so new and not fully understood that his lawyers with the help of idiots for a jury ruled the DNA contaminated when you knew it wasnt. I just have no desire to be apart of the freak show.
Sounds like the freak show over OJ has started up again – wonder how many books, novelties, t-shirts, etc. will be produced for this case involving the man who no law has yet touched? I'm sure OJ just loves it too – he has always liked attention – the more the better. I was hoping with the election coming up in 60 days we could do what we ought to do with OJ – ignore him. But I suppose American capitalism just can't pass up a sure thing.