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September 19, 2007

OJ's Bail Set At $125,000, May Face Life In Prison

We all know he's not a flight risk. It's not like he's a former running back with a penchant for leading police on a car chase.

A judge set bond at $125,000 for O.J. Simpson in an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors.

Simpson stood before the judge, hands cuffed, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit as the charges were read.

He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr. detailed charges of kidnapping and robbery, among others, and laid out restrictions for his release.

Simpson did not enter a plea.

Simpson has said he was trying to retrieve memorabilia that was stolen from him. The charges that could land him in prison for years if convicted.

OJ's been deliberately evading a judgment against him for wrongful death for years. Doesn't that suggest that perhaps he's not entirely happy to abide by a judge's order?

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According to police reports, the collectors were ordered at gunpoint to hand over several items valued at as much as $100,000. Beardsley told police that one of the men with Simpson brandished a pistol, frisked him and impersonated a police officer, and that another man pointed a gun at Fromong.

"I'm a cop and you're lucky this ain't LA or you'd be dead," the man said, according to the report.

"One of the thugs—that's the best thing I can call them—somebody blurted out 'police!' and they came in military style," Beardsley said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "I thought it might have been law enforcement or the FBI or something because I was ordered to stand up, and I was frisked for weapons."

"At no time did Mr. Simpson hold any type of firearm at all," he said.

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On Tuesday, a California judge gave a lawyer for Goldman's father a week to deliver a list of items Simpson was accused of taking from the hotel room, raising the possibility that they could be sold to pay off the judgment.

"He's ordered to pay us millions of dollars," Goldman's sister, Kim Goldman, said Wednesday on NBC. "If he went to Vegas to go collect on those things so we wouldn't, there's some irony in that."

She also said she felt some satisfaction with Simpson's arrest.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I do feel a little bit of elation to see him in handcuffs," she said. "I hope that in some way the pressure that we put on him for the last 13 years drove him to this."

Compare and contrast Ron Goldman's family's attitudes towards his killer to Nick Berg's dad's strange understanding and forgiveness.

It occurs to me that this is the only reason the useless Greta Van Susstern has been on TV for the past ten years. All waiting for this moment.

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