September 9th, 2008
04:57 PM ET

Potential O.J. Juror dismissed: "I felt he got away with murder."

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/09/art.judgejackieglass.jpg caption= "Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass presides during the second day of jury selection for the O.J. Simpson trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas."]
Editor’s Note: O.J. Simpson is on 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:

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

12:48pm PT:

Judge Jackie Glass dismissed the 20th potential juror in the OJ Simpson kidnapping and armed robbery trial after the manager of the flooring company said there's not a smidgeon of doubt about keeping her personal feelings out of the case.

The excused panelist said "I felt he (Simpson) got away with murder."

The middle aged woman, alluding to the Simpson murder trial, said "I think he was guilty the first time."

So far just 8 of 40 jurors needed to pass for cause, have withered the questioning process of prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Jurors waiting for their turn can be seen rubbing their foreheads and propping their heads in their hands.

The jurors have been dismissed for lunch.

2:20pm PT

Judge Jackie Glass had her marshalls bring 21 more potential jurors up to courtroom 11D for the O.J. Simpson kidnapping and armed robbery Trial.

They may or may not be questioned by lawyers during the deliberation process.
Glass is asking general questions of the potential panelists, including if they or anyone close to them has ever committed a crime.

Glass is asking if any of the potential panelists have hard feelings against law enforcement based on their relatives' alleged crimminal activity.

The court has passed through eight potential jurors and needs 40 total before attornies can begin their challenges to remove jurors.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Bill

    I am looking forward to reading about O.J. Simpson in another 10 years when he tries something else that is shameful and ridiculous. I agree with previous posts about trying him with an unrelated crime. According to a court of law, he is not a murderer. But don't fear, it sounds like he doesn't learn from his previous mistakes very well. O.J. Simpson, crime doesn't pay!

    September 9, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  2. Rob in Arizona

    Of all the countries in the world, O.J. desides to continue living here. He must enjoy life under a microscope.

    September 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  3. Tom

    Whether he was or wasn't guilty of murder (personally I think he was guilty) this is an entirely different matter. The only way for our system of justice to continue to work is to have the ability to objectively judge each case on its own merits.

    Just remember, it might be you on trial someday and I'm sure you would expect and pray for the same objectivity. Not for someone to make their decision based on prejudice or a preconceived notion of guilt.

    September 9, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  4. Deborah

    Yes, OJ did get away with murder. That trial is over and this trial is for an unrelated offense. People just have to look forward and not try to punish him for his past wrong doing in this case. We just have to get over it and move forward.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  5. Angel

    @herb: blah blah blah.... yes we need to move forward... 'cept OJ went backwards a bit. You're supposed to do the robbery and kidnapping BEFORE you do the double homicide.

    OJ is a sociopathic narcissist... he will NEVER plead like his homies... pleading is for losers.... and OJ aint no loser ( so he thinks)

    OJ: you shame your entire family. If you didnt have access to some money, no one would be yer "friend".

    September 9, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  6. herb

    here we go again–if we dont turn away from the past how can we move forward-we need to seat a jury and get the facts of this case in the open -and make certain it's not all black or all white jury- oj take a plead like your homies--save the tax payers-

    September 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  7. Bart from Chicago

    " I felt he got away with murder"


    September 9, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  8. reddesires

    All oj is going to do is claim poor me I only killed two white people and know robbed a white person that should be ok.

    September 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm |