No Celebrity Breaks for OJ Simpson
Updated: As the day progressed, it didn’t improve for former football superstar O.J. Simpson.
Simpson, who is being held without bail due to a claimed risk that he will flee the jurisdiction, was charged today with eight felonies, including kidnapping, along with three co-defendants, according to the Associated Press.
As discussed in an earlier ABAJournal.com post, he reportedly was involved in a claimed armed robbery at a Las Vegas casino hotel room last week, concerning sports memorabilia that Simpson says belonged to him. It isn’t clear which defendant allegedly was armed, and news reports suggest it wasn’t Simpson.
Simpson is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Any special treatment Simpson is getting from authorities appears to be focusing on over-prosecuting, rather than under-prosecuting the case, reports the Associated Press in an earlier article.
“Legal experts are questioning whether Simpson is being singled out for extra-tough prosecution in his casino-hotel robbery case as payback for his murder acquittal more than a decade ago,” the news agency writes, noting that “a perp walk in handcuffs” also is not a sign of special consideration.
Simpson was found not guilty in 1995 of murdering his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a male companion.
(Updated at 8 p.m., CDT.)