LAS VEGAS (CN) – The Nevada Supreme Court on Friday refused to overturn O.J. Simpson’s armed robbery and kidnapping convictions after the former football star held two men at gunpoint in a hotel room in 2007. The court also ordered a new trial for Simpson’s co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, who maintained he could not get a fair trial while linked to Simpson.
“We conclude that all of Simpson’s arguments on appeal are without merit,” the court ruled.
Simpson was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison for his role in the Sept. 13, 2007 incident in which Simpson led a group of men to rob two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a hotel room at the Palace Station hotel.
Simpson claimed the district court committed “judicial misconduct throughout trial.” He also claimed that prosecutors used intimidation to elicit testimony from the men who took plea deals in exchange for their testimony against him.
Simpson also claimed that the court violated his Sixth Amendment right by limiting the cross-examination of a key witness, and that there was no evidence to support the kidnapping conviction.
Simpson’s attorney Yale Galanter claimed Simpson’s conviction was “payback” after Simpson was acquitted in the stabbing death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1994.