OJ Will Appeal Conviction

Lawyer: Appeal is "only hope" after Simpson found guilty on all counts

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2008 3:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – OJ Simpson’s lawyer has said that “you would have to be living on another planet” to not anticipate his client’s guilty verdict, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Simpson was found guilty on all 12 counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges late last night and could be in jail for life after his December 5 sentencing. His lawyers say the verdict and corresponding sentences are excessive. An appeal is expected.

Simpson showed little emotion as the verdict, reached after 14 hours of deliberation, was read out. He closed his eyes as court marshals handcuffed him and took him away, while his sister wept and collapsed in the courtroom. The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.

OJ Simpson is taken into custody after being found guilty on all 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)
OJ Simpson reacts as he is found guilty on all 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter )
OJ Simpson is taken into custody after being found guilty on all 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)
OJ Simpson, left, hugs his sister Carmelita Durio after a verdict of guilty on all counts was read following his trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)
OJ Simpson's sister Carmelita Durio cries after a verdict of guilty on all counts is read following Simpson's trial at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)
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