Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:30 am
Timeline of legal events in OJ Simpson's life
By The Associated Press
- June 12, 1994: O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend Ronald Goldman found dead in Los Angeles. Simpson later arrested after widely televised freeway chase in his white Ford Bronco.
- Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson acquitted of murder after the "trial of the century" in Los Angeles.
- February 1997: Simpson found liable for damages in civil wrongful death lawsuit, ordered to pay $33.5 million to Goldman, Nicole Brown Simpson estates.
- Oct. 24, 2001: Simpson cleared of felony, misdemeanor charges in alleged Miami road-rage incident.
- Sept. 13, 2007: Simpson and five men confront memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong in Palace Station hotel room in Las Vegas. Middleman Thomas Riccio hides audio recorder in the room. Beardsley, Fromong report armed robbery. Two of five accused co-defendants later testify they had guns.
- September 2007: Simpson and five other men arrested, charged with felonies including kidnapping, armed robbery. Four co-defendants later take felony plea deals, testify for the prosecution and get probation.
- September 2008: Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart stand trial in Clark County District Court. Simpson is represented by Miami attorney Yale Galanter and Las Vegas lawyer Gabriel Grasso.
- Oct. 3, 2008: Jury finds Simpson, Stewart guilty on all 12 charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, coercion, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon.
- December 2008: Judge Jackie Glass sentences Simpson to 9 to 33 years in prison. Stewart gets 7 1/2 to 27 years. Simpson is imprisoned at state prison in Lovelock.
- April-May 2009: Galanter and Grasso split. Galanter and Las Vegas lawyer Malcolm LaVergne appeal Simpson's conviction to Nevada Supreme Court.
- August 2009: California Superior Court judge orders several items taken from the Las Vegas hotel room returned to Simpson. Goldman estate gets other items to auction.
- September 2010: Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson appeal.
- October 2010: Nevada Supreme Court grants Stewart a new trial, says Simpson's fame tainted trial and Stewart should have been tried separately.
- January 2011: Stewart avoids retrial, pleads guilty to felony robbery and conspiracy, is sentenced to probation and house arrest. He is freed from prison after serving more than two years.
- March 2011: LaVergne asks full seven-member state Supreme Court to reconsider appeal. Galanter not part of the case.
- May 2011: Glass resigns from Clark County District Court, becomes a TV judge replacing Nancy Grace on "Swift Justice with Jackie Glass."
- May 17, 2011: Nevada Supreme Court, without comment, rejects LaVergne's bid to reconsider.
- March-April 2012: Grasso sues Galanter in federal court in Las Vegas, alleging nonpayment of fees; Galanter sues Grasso, another lawyer and LaVergne in Florida state court, alleging defamation and slander.
- May 2012: New Simpson appellate lawyer Patricia Palm files writ of habeas corpus with Clark County District Court, alleges ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel and seeks Simpson's release from prison and reversal of his conviction. Veteran criminal lawyers Ozzie Fumo, Tom Pitaro later join the case.
- September 2012: Nevada Supreme Court rejects Palm's bid to disqualify district attorney's office from handling the case because current Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is married to Glass.
- May 13-17, 2013: Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell hears five days of testimony in Las Vegas on 19 possible grounds for a new trial. Simpson testifies May 15; Galanter testifies May 17.
- July 25: A 66-year-old Simpson asks for leniency from Nevada Parole Board officials, says he regrets ever confronting two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas hotel room and says he has tried to be a model prisoner behind bars.
- July 31: Simpson is granted parole on some of his convictions, meaning he faces at least four more years behind bars on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively.
- Oct. 10: More than five years after Simpson's conviction and five months after her May hearing, Judge Bell releases statement saying the case is complicated, the file is thick and she is still working on a decision.
- Tuesday: Bell issues a 101-page ruling rejecting Simpson's bid for a new trial. Fumo promises to appeal to Nevada Supreme Court.