[Guest post by DRJ]
Attorneys for O. J. Simpson and a co-defendant, Clarence “C. J.” Stewart, argued their appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court yesterday. Stewart’s argument that the trial focused too much on Simpson and compromised his rights may give him a better chance of success than Simpson. In addition, their Batson claims could benefit both:
“Justices questioned the dismissal of the last two black women from the prospective jury before the panel was seated with no blacks. Both Simpson and Stewart are black.
[Prosecutor David] Roger denied race was a factor. He said both women claimed hardships and religious beliefs that would make jury service difficult, and reported experiences that could have made them biased against the state.
[Stewart's attorney Brent] Bryson said several other jurors said they went to church and had interactions with police.
“What’s the major difference? Skin color. That’s it,” he said.”
At the last link, a Las Vegas defense attorney interviewed about the case highlighted the Batson and co-defendant issues as the most likely to be successful.