OJ's Past Will Be Elephant in Courtroom

Simpson must overcome baggage to beat robbery rap
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2008 10:20 AM CDT
In this Jan. 16, 2008 file photo O.J. Simpson, right, sits in a courtroom during his bail revocation hearing in Las Vegas.    (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)
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(Newser) – If he gets an impartial jury, it’s possible “OJ’s going to walk again,” one trial consultant says of the armed-robbery case starting today in a Las Vegas courtroom. But finding an impartial jury is nigh-impossible when it comes to Orenthal James Simpson. Simpson’s double-murder case is bound to influence the most even-minded of jurors. "The question is: Is this case going to be decided on OJ's baggage or the facts and evidence of the case?"

The case against Simpson is built on the testimony of the associates who allegedly helped with the heist; one of them, Thomas Riccio, covertly taped the incident. But the associates all have criminal pasts and, the defense will argue, credibility problems. Riccio has said he’s out to make money from the trial, including selling ad space on his limousine and cap.