Nevada Judge Jackie Glass has turned down an appeal O.J. Simpson’s attorney for a retrial on grounds of jury misconduct. Simpson’s lawyer Yale Galanter, in a motion to the court, had objected to the selection of Paul Connelly as jury foreman. Galanter and the attorney for Simpson’s co-defendant Clarence Stewart had argued that Connelly was biased towards their clients because he had been fired from a previous job for making a racially disparaging comment.
Stewart’s lawyer, Brent Bryson, also argued that after the trial Connelly told the press that he thought Simpson should have been convicted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
But Judge Glass disagreed, telling Galanter and Bryson, “I find that nothing has risen to a level of juror misconduct… Your motions are being denied.”
O.J. Simpson was found guilty on all 12 counts on October 3, stemming from an armed robbery that he took part in last September at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He and co-defendant Clarence Stewart face life in prison when they are sentenced on December 5.