O.J. Simpson is being isolated from other prisoners for his own safety, and is focusing on a motion for new trial and a strong bid for appellate reversal of his conviction for kidnapping and robbery, his lawyer said Sunday.
Attorney Yale Galanter told The Associated Press he will continue to pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond pending appeal.
Meanwhile, Galanter said Simpson will be living a lonely life, advised by his lawyers to do no media interviews and allowed to see only family members and a few friends placed on a special list at the jail.
Simpson will be held in Clark County Detention Center until his Dec. 5 sentencing, then is expected to be transferred to state prison. Because of the seriousness of the charges, it is likely that Simpson would remain in jail during his appeal.
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“He is in isolated custody and being protected from other inmates,” Galanter said aboard a plane as he prepared to return to his Miami office. “The jail is taking very special precautions to make sure he is safe.”
Galanter said that this will make for a difficult incarceration for the gregarious Simpson, because “it limits his contacts with other humans.”
The attorney said Simpson was OK during a jail visit Saturday where they discussed future plans for the case.
“He's disappointed and a bit melancholy,” he said.
Galanter said the appeal cannot be filed until after Simpson is sentenced.
“We are planning to fast track that as much as possible,” he said.
The 61-year-old Hall of Fame football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering five men a year ago and storming a room at a hotel-casino to seize Simpson sports mementos – including game balls, plaques and photos – from two collectors. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one testified Simpson had asked him to bring a gun.