May 27, 2009 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Simpson attorneys appeal conviction

 

O.J. Simpson’s attorneys appealed the fallen football star’s armed robbery and kidnapping conviction to Nevada’s highest court Tuesday, arguing that the judge behaved improperly, the largely white jury lacked diversity and the overall trial was “fundamentally unfair.”

“Any one of the errors discussed would warrant reversal, taken as a whole they mandate it,” Simpson attorneys Yale Galanter and Malcolm LaVergne wrote in their brief to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Simpson, 61, was sentenced in December to up to 33 years in prison for leading a ragtag group in robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Simpson, who said he was simply trying to get back family heirlooms that a former agent had stolen, is incarcerated in Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada and will be eligible for parole in 2017.

New Ulm, Minn.

Judge returns boy to parents’ custody

At an emotionally charged court hearing Tuesday, a judge returned 13-year-old Daniel Hauser to his parents’ custody on condition that the boy resume cancer treatment immediately.

Daniel, whose chest tumor is growing and is now compressing his airway, has an appointment today at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis to resume chemotherapy and other therapies.

The decision, reached one day after Daniel and his mother ended a weeklong flight from the law, was not without some drama.

Brown County Attorney James Olson, who first petitioned for the court to intervene in Daniel’s care, told Judge John Rodenberg there was an issue of trust because of the family’s refusal to continue chemotherapy and their run to California.

Attorney Tom Hagen, representing the parents, apologized to the judge for Colleen Hauser’s failure to appear in court last week.

Before deciding, Rodenberg asked each parent: “Do you believe that chemotherapy is necessary to save Daniel’s life?”

Colleen Hauser grabbed some tissues and said, “Yes, I do,” as did Daniel’s father, Anthony Hauser.

The judge then said: “Folks, I take you at your word,” and cut off the county’s custody.

From wire reports


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