Las Vegas judge rules against Simpson in request for new trial

Updated: November 7, 2008, 1:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson was denied a new trial by the judge who oversaw his conviction in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass said the issues raised by lawyers for Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart did not rise to the level of granting another trial.

Glass acknowledged during Friday's hearing that her ruling paves the way for Simpson and Stewart to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Simpson and Stewart are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5. They face up to life in state prison.

The jury found them guilty on Oct. 3 of all 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, in the Sept. 13, 2007, hotel room confrontation.

Stewart's lawyer, Brent Bryson, alleged misconduct by the jury foreman, whom he quoted as saying he thought Simpson should have been given a life sentence in the Los Angeles case involving the 1994 slayings of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in that case.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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