LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is being isolated from other
prisoners for his own safety, and is focusing on a motion for new
trial and a strong bid for appellate reversal of his conviction for
kidnapping and robbery, his lawyer said Sunday.
Attorney Yale Galanter told The Associated Press he will
continue to pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond
Meanwhile, Galanter said Simpson will be living a lonely life,
advised by his lawyers to do no media interviews and allowed to see
only family members and a few friends placed on a special list at
Simpson will be held in Clark County Detention Center until his
Dec. 5 sentencing, then is expected to be transferred to state
prison. Because of the seriousness of the charges, it is likely
that Simpson would remain in jail during his appeal.
"He is in isolated custody and being protected from other
inmates," Galanter said aboard a plane as he prepared to return to
his Miami office. "The jail is taking very special precautions to
make sure he is safe."
Galanter said that this will make for a difficult incarceration
for the gregarious Simpson, because "it limits his contacts with
The attorney said Simpson was OK during a jail visit Saturday
where they discussed future plans for the case. "He's disappointed
and a bit melancholy," he said.
Galanter said the appeal cannot be filed until after Simpson is
"We are planning to fast track that as much as possible," he
The 61-year-old Hall of Fame football star was convicted of
kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering five
men a year ago and storming a room at a hotel-casino to seize
Simpson sports mementos -- including game balls, plaques and photos
-- from two collectors. Prosecutors said two of the men with him
were armed; one testified Simpson had asked him to bring a gun.
Meanwhile, jurors who convicted Simpson say they relied more on video
and other documented evidence than on witness testimony.
Juror Michelle Lyons said Sunday that the panelists felt they
"could not rely on that witness testimony."
She says jurors instead used video, audio and documented
evidence to evaluate whether Simpson was guilty of each of 12
counts. She was one of seven jurors to speak to reporters.
Jury foreman Paul Connelly says it might have been a waste for
prosecutors to give plea deals to several Simpson co-defendants in
exchange for their testimony.
Galanter said he believes Simpson has a strong argument for
reversal of his conviction because of legal errors made during the
trial, beginning with the jury selection process.
He said issues to be raised on appeal will include the
elimination of all African-Americans from the jury and the
inclusion of jurors who believed that Simpson should have been
convicted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her
friend, Ronald Goldman, in a 1995 Los Angeles trial.
Juror Fred Jones acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times that he
thought Simpson killed his ex-wife and her friend, but said he put
that aside when considering the Las Vegas case.
"We went out of our way not to mention that," Jones said.
"That was never, never in our thoughts."
Connelly said the murders "really didn't come
up" as the jury deliberated.
"I honestly believe in my heart of hearts that it did not"
affect the verdict," Connelly told the Los Angeles Times.
Lawyers for Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J" Stewart
have said they also plan a strong appeal with focus on their claim
that he was prejudiced by having to stand trial with Simpson. They
had filed numerous severance motions, claiming that Simpson's
notoriety would infect Stewart's case.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.