LAS VEGAS (AP) Jurors who have been told to refrain from judging O.J. Simpson on his past heard about a recording Thursday of a police employee exulting: "This is great. ... California can't get him. ... Now we'll be able to."
Police detective Andy Caldwell conceded the statement referring to Simpson's 1995 murder acquittal was made as a team of officers examined a casino hotel room where Simpson is accused of having led a kidnapping and armed robbery. Caldwell said the comment came from a civilian employee of the police department, not a sworn officer.
The statement was read to him by defense lawyers from a transcript of comments picked up on a digital recorder that had been secretly placed by Thomas Riccio. It was Riccio who had arranged a meeting in the hotel room between Simpson and two sports memorabilia dealers that escalated into a confrontation last year.
Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon. Four former co-defendants have agreed to testify.