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OJ Simpson - Nevada Supreme Court affirms his conviction

OJ Simpson - Nevada Supreme Court affirms his conviction

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(Source: Nevada Supreme Court) OJ Simpson's criminal conviction by a Nevada jury on conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, and weapons charges was upheld by Nevada's Supreme Court.

He is currently serving 33 years in state prison, with a possibility of parole after 9 years.
(Source: Nevada Supreme Court) OJ Simpson's criminal conviction by a Nevada jury on conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, and weapons charges was upheld by Nevada's Supreme Court.

He is currently serving 33 years in state prison, with a possibility of parole after 9 years.

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thedistrictcourtabuseditsdiscretionwhensettlingjuryinstructions;(5)thedistrictcourtviolatedSimpson'sSixthAmendmentrighttoconfrontationbylimitingthecross-examinationofakeywitness;(6)thedistrictcourtabuseditsdiscretionbyadmittinghearsaystatements;(7)thedistrictcourterredwhenitsentencedSimpsonforbothrobberyandaggravatedassaultwithadeadlyweaponbecausetheconvictionswereredundant;and(8)therewasinsufficientevidencetosupportSimpson'sconvictionforkidnapping-specifically,thattherewasnodemonstrationthatthekidnappingwasnotincidentaltotherobbery.Forthereasonssetforthbelow,weconcludethatallofSimpson'sargumentsonappealarewithoutmeritandwethereforeaffirmthejudgmentofconviction.Thepartiesarefamiliarwiththefacts,andwedonotrecountthemhereexceptasnecessarytoourdisposition.JuryselectionSimpsonarguesthatthedistrictcourterredwhenitdeniedhisobjection,pursuanttoBatsonv.Kentucky,476U.S.79(1986),totheState'suseofperemptorychallengestoremovetwoAfrican-Americanpanelistsfromthejury.CouchedwithinhisBatsonargument,Simpsonalsoassertsthat,duringvoirdire,thedistrictcourtimproperlyrestrictedhimfromquestioningpotentialjurorswithregardtohishighlypublicizedpriorlegalproceedingsinCalifornia,specifically,acriminalprosecutionformurderandacivilwrongfuldeathsuitthatwerebroughtinresponsetoaccusationsthatSimpsoncausedthedeathsofhisex-wifeandherfriend.WefirstaddresstheissuesraisedastotheBatsonchallengesandthenturntoSimpson'sargumentswithrespecttothescopeofvoirdire.
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