By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's fate is in the hands of nine women and three men in a Nevada court.
Prosecutor Chris Owens said Simpson brought a gang of men together to the Palace Station on Sept. 13, 2007, to retrieve items he lost while trying to hide it from the family of Ronald Goldman and the California court that levied a $33.5 million civil wrongful death judgment against Simpson.
"The kind of arrogance ... that would make them think they could come in and get away with this kind of crime and that nobody would report it and they thought they could spin it that, 'It's all OK; It was my stuff.'"
"Every cooperator, every person who had a gun, every person who had an ulterior motive, every person who signed a book deal, every person who got paid money - the police, the district attorney's office, is only interested in one thing: Mr. Simpson," Galanter said. "He has always been the target of this investigation, and nothing else mattered."
Galanter reminded the jury of a surreptitious recording of police investigators in the hotel room after the incident. "They're making jokes. They're saying things like, 'We're gonna get him,'" he said.
Owens said that rather than police and prosecutors being out to get Simpson, they were careful and waited to get facts.
"Mr. O.J. Simpson as a victim?" Owens scoffed. "He tends to think of himself as a victim."
Stewart's lawyer, Brent Bryson, presented his 54-year-old client as the trial's forgotten man.
"I want to take an opportunity to introduce you to the other defendant in this case, Mr. Clarence Stewart," Bryson said in closing arguments.
"But there was one person, and that was defendant Simpson," Roger said, raising his voice. "He is the person who put these crimes together. He is the one who recruited these individuals to help him commit the crimes."