Simpson free after posting bond

first_imgLegal experts say that issues such as who had rightful ownership of the goods and the reputation of witnesses in the sometimes less-than-reputable world of memorabilia trading could cloud the prosecution’s case. Simpson has insisted he was merely retrieving items that were stolen from him earlier. Alfred Beardsley, one of the collectors who says he was robbed at gunpoint by Simpson and several other men, told NBC’s “Today” show before Simpson’s hearing that he didn’t think an audiotape made at the scene was accurate. The man who arranged the meeting between Simpson and the two collectors, Tom Riccio, also has a criminal record with more than one felony. The other victim, Bruce Fromong, was recovering from a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital. A key difference from the 1995 murder trial is that there are plenty of witnesses this time who place Simpson at the scene, including hotel video surveillance. Simpson has made no secret he went to the hotel room intending to take the memorabilia and told The Associated Press that a man who came with him brought a truck to cart away the goods. Simpson attorney Yale Galanter said: “You can’t rob something that is yours.” Simpson, 60, did not enter a plea. He flew home to Miami later Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – In a scene of legal deja vu, a grayer, heavier O.J. Simpson stood handcuffed in court Wednesday to face charges that could put him behind bars for life. But as Simpson made his $125,000 bail on charges including kidnapping and armed robbery, legal experts were questioning: Could a former football star who beat a double-murder rap really do hard time for a crime that sounds like a bad movie? Police have laid out a case that makes Simpson the leader in a tense, armed holdup of sports memorabilia collectors. Some of the facts – including a curious recording of the confrontation – don’t seem so clear-cut. last_img

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