Simpson's lawyers denied in request to dismiss jury

Updated: September 12, 2008, 3:47 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

LAS VEGAS -- After a few snags, the jury for the latest O.J. Simpson trail has been seated.

Nine women and three men -- all of whom are white -- have been selected to judge Simpson and a co-defendant. Simpson and Clarence "C.J." Stewart are charged with kidnapping and robbing two sports memorabilia dealers last year in Las Vegas.

Defense lawyers argued African-Americans in the potential jury pool were being systematically excluded by the prosecution. But the judge says she saw no such evidence.

Two of six alternate jurors are black.

Attorneys for Simpson and Stewart, who are both black, moved to dismiss the entire jury and start again. The judge said no.

Most prospective jurors have said they disagree with Simpson's 1995 acquittal in the slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

But they insist they can be fair.

Simpson and Stewart have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass wants to start opening statements Monday.

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