- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LAS VEGAS (AP) A judge set bail today at $125,000 for O.J. Simpson for the former football star’s alleged role in the armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors at a Las Vegas hotel. His attorney said he expected him to be released within hours and return to Florida.

Mr. Simpson, standing in a blue jail uniform and handcuffs, furrowed his brow as the judge read the list of charges against him.
VIDEO: Judge sets bail at $125,000

He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr. laid out restrictions for his release, including surrendering his passport to his attorney and having no contact with co-defendants or potential witnesses. He did not enter a plea.

Unlike Mr. Simpson’s arraignment over a decade ago in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman, when Mr. Simpson declared he was “absolutely 100 percent not guilty,” he was subdued throughout the proceeding today.

“Mr. Simpson, do you understand the charges against you?” the judge asked.
VIDEO: Audiotape of alleged Simpson hotel heist

“Yes, sir,” Simpson responded.

Simpson’s attorney, Yale Galanter, said after the hearing that the bond was reasonable and had already been arranged.

“We expect Mr. Simpson to be processed and released fairly quickly,” he said. “He’s relieved. This has been a very harrowing experience for him.”

Security at the courthouse was tight for the arraignment hearing. People entering the courtroom were screened by security officers and Las Vegas police with bomb-sniffing dogs.

The case attracted a swarm of media, including Marcia Clark, who unsuccessfully prosecuted Mr. Simpson for the 1994 murders and was reporting for “Entertainment Tonight.”

Mr. Simpson, 60, was arrested Sunday after a collector reported a group of armed men charged into his hotel room at the Palace Station casino and took several items that Simpson claimed belonged to him. He has been held since then in protective custody in a 7-foot-by-14-foot cell.

“These are very serious charges,” Mr. Galanter told NBC earlier Wednesday. “He is taking it very seriously.”

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