September 19th, 2008
02:13 PM ET

O.J. Trial: A room with no view

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.

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

The model of the room where O.J. Simpson and five cronies allegedly pulled off an armed robbery, is just sitting there in the basement of the Clark County Regional Justice Center.
The court won’t let us take pictures or shoot video. Yet.

But I toured the mock up and you can see why Judge Jackie Glass pushed the jury to tour the actual crime scene at the Palace Station.

The small fake room is made up of light brown hardboard, it looks like particle board or plywood.
So the exact replica of the bed is this hardboard rectangle.

There a boxy fake armoir, where witness Tom Riccio hid a tape recorder to get audio of the purported Simpson sting.

The mock up is supposed to be to scale and it’s small.

Prosecutors are no doubt going to pound home the question ‘how could Simpson not see or know about a gun, if someone pulled one in such a small space?’. Defense attorneys objected to the whole notion that jurors were going to tour the fake room, something that looks more flimsy than the phony town they blow up at the end of “Blazing Saddles.”

Judge Glass reportedly felt the mock room was not going to work and was unimpressive.
Glass and the court worked out the jury’s tour of the Palace Station room this morning.
Before, the court apparently felt taking a jury to the Palace Station would be risky, open them up to jury tampering from being out and about.

So at one point the District Attorney’s office built the mock room.
There’s already grumbling in this courthouse about who paid for it, taxpayers?
I’ll bet Riccio, Bruce Fromong or Alfred Beardsley, the wheeler dealer witnesses in this case, could sell it to somebody.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. alex lane

    i like how riccio set this up got lots of money walked away free and all the others get probation. even mcclinton with a gun gets off free no gun charge alot of the charges seem drumed up just to scare them which it did somethings wrong here that the judge gives the pros alot and the defense nothing why wasnt oj given probation likethe others and sent home never to return

    September 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  2. jabril

    I'm so sick of this O J stuff. Who cares about this creep. Why is the media so obsessed with giving this man the attention that he craves. O J simpson is not on the minds of everyday americans. We are more concerned about gas prices and how the rich keep getting richer in this country and the poor don't get a bleeping thing!!!!

    September 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  3. Taylor, AZ

    A mock up. A shoddy mock up at that. I'm probably not the only one who sees some symbolism there.

    September 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm |

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