September 17th, 2008
08:15 AM ET

OJ Afternoon: Sextet, Lies and Videotape

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 Paul Vercammen covering the trial.

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Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

5:52PM PT

Two different video surveillance experts took the afternoon witness stand in the O.J. Simpson trial.

The prosecution led the video security experts down a video path of showing where Simpson and five cohorts ventured the day of the fateful showdown over sports memorabilia at the Palace Station Casino.

The question hanging out there is who is telling the truth about the Simpson six and what was their intent.

The jurors watched monitors and took notes in what could be called the calm after the storm.

Tuesday afternoon's techy testimony was far different from the morning mania - when Judge Jackie Glass repeatedly raised her voice and tried to rein in lawyers.

The jurors also listened to afternoon testimony from an FBI electronics nerd about a tape recorder germane to the case.

Judge Glass gave the jury a chance to call it a day, but they nodded yes, gave her the thumbs up and told her they could keep going and watched a video taped deposition from another FBI audio expert.

Tomorrow’s testimony will include more of the lengthy taped deposition, a police officer and possibly the most colorful character of all - Thomas Riccio.

The chatterbox memorabilia dealer punctuated the preliminary hearing with expletives and wide-eyed expressions.

Riccio allegedly set up the meeting between Simpson and other memorabilia dealers that took the chaotic turn in the Palace Station.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rbrown

    Hello everyone,I had the opportunity due to a back injury to watch the ENTIRE O.J. trial in 94. And even though I may have thought O.J. was guilty,I could not have convicted him. The prosecution simply did not prove their case,and there was reasonable doubt. Unfortunately the
    prosecutors and police may have been the source of some of that doubt!
    Now as far as this trial goes ,anybody who reasonably thinks this trial is just about Vegas and not L.A , I have to seriously doubt !
    Couldn't society concentrate on more important things.Thank you

    September 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm |
  2. fbgweezer

    Lisa, your initial premise is what's wrong with your thinking - there is no legal concept as 'beyond a shadow of doubt'. Reasonable people understood that orenthal james simpson murdered Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown 'beyond a reasonable doubt.'

    September 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  3. joann brand

    you would think if oj did do the killings or was there while they were being killed that he could have put this Nevada thing together better then this not a very good career criminal ,i think there's doubt already you have fromong saying hes not trying too make $$$$$$$$$$ from this and there hes caught on tape saying call inside edition im going too make a lot of FFFFFFFFFFFFing $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ off this ,lets face it their all trying too make $$$$$$$$$$ off this case,and how is it i hear OJ broke,so i guess he signed a lot footballs for his HIGH PRICED LAWYERS

    September 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  4. Ralph

    Our justice system is good but not perfect. There have been proven cases of innocent people put in prison and guilty people set free. So, OJ got off in his imperfect trial, that does not make him innocent. He is guilty, guilty, guilty!

    September 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  5. Loraine Jones

    Lisa, I almost can't believe what I'm reading. Yes, I DO believe that OJ Simpson is stupid enough to drop the 2nd glove! He's no genuis, that's for sure. He should be sitting on a front porch somewhere playing Dualing Banjos. And you're really no smarter. Were I there in front of you, I'd feel compelled to slap some smarts into you. The only reason the jury came back with a not guilty verdict is because they wanted to make OJ Simpson the poster boy for what they perceive as the injustice that's been done to the black man, collectively, and you know it. And were I Ron Goldman, I would spend the rest of my life working to destroy the person who destroyed my son. You are part of the problem in America. AND YOU NEED TO GET OVER IT, YOU SELF-IMPORTANT MORON.

    September 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  6. LISA - LOU., KY

    Ok you guys, let's go back over this, one more time. I am pretty sure I watched the same trial as you did in 1995. IF I had been a juror, I would have had to find him not guilty too. They did not prove he did it BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT. No murder weapon. Well planned you say? If he had planned that murder as well and everyone trys to say this riddle me this batman........Had I planned a murder that well, I may have accidentally dropped a leather glove at the murder scene, but I seriously doubt I would have been careless enough to drop the 2nd one in my back yard by the fence. Please give me a break. I;m not saying he did or did not commit the murder, I wasn't there, were you? I think not. So there you have it....I can't image someone planning a murder and making such grave mistakes. Does anyone know what was in the mysterious manilla envelope that was delivered to the judge but never spoken of again, let alone seen? Things that make ya go hummmmmmmm

    Also, why in the hell the justice system finds a man or woman not guilty of murder and then let a wrongful death suit say they are guilty is beyond me!!! I think that is ridiculos~!~ Our court system is not about equal justice anymore. Ron Goldman Sr needs to get on with his life and quit following OJ and his life. He was NO GUILTY, get over it!


    September 17, 2008 at 11:48 am |