H. Leon Simon, the attorney representing the state, eschewed the fire and brimstone rhetoric of prosecutors in Simpson’s trial four and half years ago. He questioned Simpson for a mere half hour, focusing on the strange robbery among friends. Simpson knew the memorabilia dealers trying to peddle his possessions.
Simpson did acknowledge under Simon’s questioning that he didn’t have a legal right to take some things from the Palace Station hotel room that didn’t belong to him. Simpson said he thought those items would be returned.
He was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.
His fall from long-ago fame and fortune was on display as a grayer, bulkier Simpson slowly made his way through the courtroom under guard. The Heisman Trophy college running back and NFL record-setter once made TV commercials running through airports. As Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, he’s been handcuffed and chained at the ankles during the hearing.
Galanter, of Miami, is due to testify Friday. He has declined comment ahead of that appearance.
There is no jury in the hearing and Simpson’s fate will be determined by District Judge Linda Marie Bell. It remained unclear whether the judge plans to make an immediate ruling or issue a written order later.
While Simpson’s previous court cases were media sensations, including his 1995 acquittal in the Los Angeles killings of his ex-wife and her friend, the Las Vegas hearing drew less attention until Simpson testified and the courtroom was full.
Simpson family members and friends filled one row. A marshal turned people away, sending them to an overflow room where video was streamed live.