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September 23rd, 2008
12:01 PM ET

O.J. Trial: Dunne back in court

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

8:40a PT

Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne is all smiles and back in a Las Vegas Courtroom for the 0.J. Simpson armed robbery trial.

"I feel great so far," Dunne told CNN one day after he complained of pain and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

"I will have to go back to New York for a biopsy."
Dunne, who is 82 years old, is battling bladder cancer and says he will stay on the O.J. trial until the end of the week.

Dunne was accompanied in court Tuesday by his son, filmmaker Griffin Dunne.
"I never had so many emails and phone calls," Dunne said. "Larry King and others called. It was really touching."

Dunne plans to cover the closing arguments and reading of the verdict in the Las Vegas trial.

8:01a PT

O.J. Simpson arrived at the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center Tuesday where he will hear more from his friend Charles Erlich, who testified Monday.

Erlich said Simpson "was in denial" over two of his cohorts using guns during an alleged armed robbery last year at the Palace Station Hotel.

The defense will resume cross examining Erlich this morning.
Memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley is expected to take the witness stand soon.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Genevieve M, TX

    I like Mr. Dunne. He is always on the side of the victim, never the criminal. His ethics are beyond repoach, no matter what the cost. I respect him 100%.

    I will be hoping and praying that he makes a full recovery from cancer.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
  2. Angel

    Mr. Dunne: take care of YOU first. OJ will be OJ for many years to come. Love your insight on P, P, And Justice. No one does it like you.
    Stay strong.

    September 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    Does Dunne read this blogs, Paul?

    September 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Heather,ca,us

    All I can say is Dominick is a real class act and I am happy he gets to go back to what he loves. Thanks for the updates.

    September 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  5. Justin

    I have watched almost ALL of this stuff related with O.J. since when it started. And the more and more I watch. This trial is "fishing" thats all and the "Baits" going to fall off the hook once again. The defense attorneys are taking everything the prosecution is throwing at them and hitting grand slams with it.

    Justin T.
    Tacoma, Wa.

    September 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  6. Rita

    I'm very sorry to hear that Dominick Dunne isn't in good health. I never miss an episode of "Power, Privilege and Justice." I've been following him for years. I hope he feels better soon and I hope he gets to cover OJ'S trial. No one covers a trial better than Mr. Dunne. He has that little extra "something" that other reporters don't. Mr. Dunne, you will be in my prayers tonight.

    September 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm |