O.J. Simpson, found guilty late Friday night of 12 counts related to a September 2007 armed robbery in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room, is “extremely upset, extremely emotional,” his attorney said Saturday. “This was expected.”
Speaking at a press conference, Yale Galanter said, “It’s not so much that we expected to lose. We knew this was going to be very difficult. We knew the jury was going to be very difficult. We knew juror selection was going to be very difficult.”
Though Galanter and Simpson’s other attorney, Gabrielle Grasso, “tried to weed out as best as we could the people with very fixed opinions” about Simpson from serving on the jury, Galanter said, “I’m not here to tell you we didn’t get a fair shake. All I’m saying is there are some significant issues on appeal. Obviously jury selection is going to be one of them.”
Asked if he believed the jurors in this case were swayed by Simpson’s 1995 acquittal of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, Galanter responded, “Absolutely.”
Very Strong Feelings About O.J.
While preferring to avoid the word “payback,” Galanter did say of the verdict: “I can tell you that there are very strong feelings about Mr. Simpson, and I urged to judge him fairly, equally and honestly.”
The attorney’s last words to Simpson before marshals handcuffed and escorted the former gridiron star, 61, out of the courtroom was, “Good luck.”
Asked how he thought Simpson would fare in prison, Galanter said, “I don’t know. I can’t answer that. That’s a tough question to answer.”