A Las Vegas judge gives the U.S. football star temporary freedom at a cost of $125,000

By People Staff
Updated September 19, 2007 05:00 PM

This morning, O.J. Simpson appeared in a Las Vegas court wearing a green prisoner's outfit. The ex-football player showed no emotion when Judge Joe Bonaventure set bail at $125,000.

During the hearing, the judge made sure that the 60-year-old ex-athlete understood the charges against him: kidnapping and seven other felonies, all relating to an alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia. According to the bail stipulations, Simpson is not allowed to leave the country and, as a result, had to hand over his passport to his lawyer. The former football player is permitted, though, to travel within the continental United States. He was represented by his lawyer Yale Galanter and his legal counselor Gabriel Grasso.

A hearing was set for Oct. 22. If found guilty, Simpson could face up to 30 years in jail for each robbery count.

The U.S. star was arrested last Sunday in Sin City after Las Vegas authorities named him an armed-robbery suspect of "various sports-related products" at the casino and hotel Palace Station. In statements to AP last Friday, Simpson expressed that he'd gone to the hotel room to gather items that belonged to him, and that he did not break in to the site. Among the items were autographed sports memorabilia, his Hall of Fame certificate, a video from his first wedding and a photo signed by former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Simpson claimed these items were stolen from him from unethical collectors, and he added that it was simply a confrontation without guns.

This isn't the first run-in with the law for the ex-football star. In 1995, he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and his wife's friend, Ron Goldman. This new arrest occurred only two days after his controversial fictional book If I Did It hit stores. The book gives a hypothetical description of said murders.