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May 14, 2013

OJ returns to Las Vegas court

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Galanter is scheduled to testify on Friday and has declined comment before his court appearance.

A lawyer for Simpson co-defendant Clarence “C.J” Stewart testified yesterday that a plea deal was offered to Simpson and Stewart in the midst of trial.

Witness Brent Bryson said prosecutors told him the offer called for a two- to five-year sentence for each defendant in return for guilty pleas. Prosecutors said they were presenting it to Simpson’s lawyer and later came back to tell him there was no deal, Bryson said.

Bryson didn’t know if Simpson had ever been told about the deal by his lawyer. Simpson claims he was not.

Simpson, with eyeglasses perched on his nose, took notes and listened intently. His expression was flat and he showed no reactions.

When it came time to leave the courtroom for lunch, bailiffs hooked up his handcuffs to the heavy shackles again and he had trouble lifting himself from the chair.

Still, a close friend saw a flash of the old, magnetic Simpson personality.

“Not much muscle tone,” observed Sherman White, a former NFL defensive lineman, teammate and friend of Simpson since they both played for the Buffalo Bills. “But you saw a little of the O.J. pizazz when he came in.”

White joined a family row in the courtroom that included two Simpson cousins who had flown in to give him support.

Simpson’s drab appearance contrasted with the fancy clothing he wore during his acquittal in his historic, high-profile 1995 murder trial in Los Angeles in which he was acquittal of slaying of his wife and her friend.

Simpson was later found liable for damages in a civil wrongful death lawsuit and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

In contrast to the national swirl surrounding his “trial of the century” in Los Angeles and the circus-like atmosphere during his trial in Las Vegas, yesterday’s proceedings attracted none of the fans, protesters or attention-seekers typically drawn to celebrity cases.

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