O.J. Wants to be Released from Prison on Bond

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A state Supreme Court panel will hear oral
arguments on O.J. Simpson's bid to get out of a Nevada prison pending his appeal to overturn a conviction in an armed hotel room heist, officials said Monday.

A three-member panel of the state's only appellate court will hear 30 minutes of arguments in Las Vegas from Simpson's lawyers seeking his release on bond and prosecutors opposing the request, court spokesman Bill Gang said. The hearing was scheduled for Aug. 3, he said.

"We're thrilled they're entertaining oral arguments on our motion," Simpson lawyer Yale Galanter said by telephone from Miami. "We're hopeful the court will grant our request for bond."

Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined comment.

Simpson, 61, was convicted of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in September 2007. He is serving nine to 33 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

His 55-year-old co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, is serving 7 1/2 to 27 years at Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City for his role in the case.

The judge panel also scheduled a separate oral bond hearing for Stewart, who was seeking to overturn his conviction. His lawyer, Brent Bryson, could not immediately be reached Monday for comment.

Neither Simpson nor Stewart will be allowed to attend the hearing, Gang said.