Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Lawyers for O.J. seeking bail
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is promising not to disappear or
endanger the community if he's freed from prison pending his appeal
in an armed hotel room heist, his lawyers told the Nevada Supreme
"Simpson recognizes that he has a heavy burden in demonstrating
that his release will pose no danger to the community and that he
is not a flight risk," attorneys Yale Galanter and Malcolm
LaVergne said in a follow-up document filed Monday with the state's
only appellate court. "Simpson will strictly adhere to whatever
conditions this court sets for bond."
A three-member panel of Nevada Supreme Court justices plans oral
arguments Aug. 3 in Las Vegas on Simpson's request to post
unspecified bond while the seven-member court considers his appeal.
Monday's filing followed an initial appeal for bail filed May
The new papers include an affidavit from one of the two
memorabilia dealers robbed in the September 2007 encounter,
renewing his allegation that Clark County District Attorney David
Roger wouldn't let him drop the charges against Simpson.
"I wanted all of the charges against O.J. Simpson dropped,"
Alfred Beardsley said in the document. "After I testified, the
Clark County district attorney's office fabricated the idea that
the reason I was a reluctant witness was because Mr. Simpson had
intimidated, threatened or promised me something of value."
Roger declined comment Tuesday.
The two-page affidavit also referred to Beardsley's denial
before a judge in Santa Monica, Calif., that he received Simpson's
NFL Hall of Fame ring to change his story in the Las Vegas case.
"Mr. Simpson has never promised me anything for me to testify
the way I did," Beardsley said.
Simpson, 61, is serving nine to 33 years for kidnapping and
assault with a deadly weapon in the gunpoint robbery of Beardsley
and memorabilia broker Bruce Fromong in a Las Vegas hotel room in
A lawyer for Simpson's convicted co-defendant, Clarence "C.J."
Stewart, said Stewart also plans to file follow-up bail request
documents before a separate Aug. 3 hearing by the state Supreme
Roger has filed documents asking the state high court to keep
Simpson locked up, citing the length of his sentence and Simpson's
admission in 2008 that he violated a court order by trying to
contact a co-defendant before trial.
Simpson's lawyers say Clark County District Court Judge Jackie
Glass never made a specific finding that Simpson was a flight risk
or a danger to the public.