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O.J. attorneys say all-white jury biased

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Attorneys for O.J. Simpson say he should get a new trial on robbery charges because Las Vegas prosecutors dismissed blacks from the jury pool.

In a motion filed in Clark County, Nev., District Court, lawyers for the 61-year-old former NFL star running back say Simpson was denied a fair trial when prosecutors used their discretion to dismiss two black potential jurors, leaving an all-white jury to weigh the evidence, CNN reported.

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The jury of nine women and three men found Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of 12 charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, assault and kidnapping with a deadly weapon, stemming from an incident in which Simpson and armed men burst into a Las Vegas hotel room, robbing two sports memorabilia collectors.

After the trial, jurors told CNN it was audio tapes of the incident, as well as other secret recordings made of Simpson, that made the difference in the case, not their racial make-up or disagreements about Simpson's acquittal of the 1995 murder of his wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman.

"There's reports right now that we've had some kind of vendetta against Mr. Simpson for … 13 years ago," juror Teresa Owens told the broadcaster. "That in no way had anything to do with this case whatsoever."

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