O.J. Simpson

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For O.J. Simpson, the names and places are vastly different. The stakes are just as high.

Jury selection began today in Simpson's armed-robbery trial. If convicted, the football hero turned movie star and pitchman turned pariah, could spend the rest of his life in prison.

It is the second time in as many decades that Simpson, 61, has stared down a life sentence.

Here's a quick look at the 1994 case versus today's:

  • The crime (then): Nicole Brown Simpson, Simpson's ex-wife, and Ron Goldman, her friend, are killed outside Brown Simpson's condo in tony Brentwood, California, on June 12, 1994.
  • The alleged crime (now): Simpson and five other men barge in on two memorabilia collectors, Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, at the Palace Station, an off-Strip Las Vegas hotel, on Sept. 13, 2007.


  • The arrest (then): Following a tour of the Los Angeles freeway system, Simpson, then 46, and only three months past the release of Naked Gun 33 1/3, is booked on two counts of murder on June 17, 2004.
  • The arrest (now): Simpson, then 60, and more than 13 years after his last movie gig, is taken into custody without incident on Sept. 16, 2007. Two days later, he is charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault.


  • Simpson's story (then): He is "absolutely, 100 percent not guilty."
  • Simpson's story (now): He wasn't out to do bad, he was out to reclaim stolen sports memorabilia. And, no, guns were absolutely, 100 percent not involved.


  • The friend of O.J. (then): Kato Kaelin, Simpson's then-houseguest, testifies of Simpson's whereabouts on the night of the murders. He is accused by prosecutors of being fuzzy on the stand for the sake of his benefactor.
  • The friends of O.J. (now): Four of the five men arrested with Simpson agree to testify against Simpson. Clarence Stewart, a 54-year-old Las Vegas mortgage broker, is the lone hold out, and Simpson's lone codefendant. If convicted, Stewart also could face life in prison.


  • Quote (then): Simpson's lawyers establish a reward aimed at seeking info on "the real killer or killers."
  • Quote (now): "You think you can steal my s--t and get away with it?"?Simpson, reputedly, on an audiotape made by one of the dealers during the alleged heist.


  • The verdict (then): A Los Angeles jury finds Simpson not guilty, although the court of public opinion as well as a 1997 civil jury prove harsher taskmasters.
  • The verdict (now): To be determined.
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