Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

OJ Bailed - but He Could Be Sentenced to Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

OJ Bailed - but He Could Be Sentenced to Life

Article excerpt

OJ SIMPSON was granted bail in connection with kidnap and armed robbery charges yesterday.

The former American football star and actor is charged over the alleged theft of sports memorabilia at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas last Thursday night.

He faces the prospect of life in prison if convicted.

During the 10-minute hearing at the Las Vegas Justice Court, Judge Joe Bonaventure set bail at EUR125,000 (pounds 62,657) and ordered the 60-year-old to surrender his passport.

He did not enter a plea yesterday, but his lawyer told reporters on the steps of the court that he planned to deny the charges.

Simpson, wearing a blue jail uniform and handcuffs, furrowed his brow as the judge read the list of charges against him.

He showed little other emotion as the court appearance was televised live across America on several news channels. He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as the judge laid out restrictions for his release.

Lawyers for Simpson were among many who smiled when the judge, complete with goatee beard and lengthy ponytail, warned Simpson not to communicate with anyone involved in the case by any method, "including carrier pigeon". …

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