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Attorneys Argue for New Trial for O.J. Simpson

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is serving year two of a 33-year Nevada prison sentence for robbery and kidnapping. Friday, his legal team asked Nevada's Supreme Court for a new trial.

Simpson was found guilty with co-defendant Clarence Stewart for stealing sports memorabilia at gunpoint at Palace Station. The attorneys for the two men say the trial judge had it out for them from the beginning.

Simpson's attorney told three Supreme Court justices that Judge Jackie Glass unfairly embarrassed them in the eyes of the jury.

"There was this pervasive feeling that was created that Brent and myself and the rest of the defense lawyers were basically children and that David and Chris were God," said Simpson's attorney Yale Galanter.

"Was her conduct so prejudicial that the jury felt that she was taking one side or the other? Really, that's the inquiry? My perspective, the answer is no," said District Attorney David Roger.

NHP Goes After Dangerous Drivers

LAS VEGAS -- Summer road trip season is here and that means more people hitting the road. The Nevada Highway Patrol says people traveling on I-15 and all around the valley need to know the dangers of driving near a big rig.

For a the next two days, the Badge on Board enforcement program is targeting drivers behaving badly.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is eyeing aggressive drivers from aboard a 48-foot flatbed semi-truck.

"You gotta keep checking the mirrors, watch traffic ahead of you, even keep track of the traffic behind you," said Bob Barton, commercial safety enforcement.

Once patrolmen in the cab witness a bad driver, a call is made to one of eight  troopers nearby who goes after the violating driver.

"If I'm going ahead or behind it and there's somebody that cuts a semi off, we'll make a stop on them," said Elmer Johnson, commercial enforcement trooper.

Clark County Coroner Exhumes First Body for DNA Testing

LAS VEGAS -- Thirteen years after his murder, a man's family may finally get closure. The coroner exhumed the man's body Wednesday morning to try and confirm his identity and hopefully return his remains to family members.

The Clark County Coroner's office got a federal grant to investigate dozens of unidentified remains cases using new forensic technology. 

Coroner website of unidentified bodies

A team of people showed up at Davis Funeral Home near Sunset and Eastern early Wednesday morning to remove sod, dirt and two caskets from the burial site. Both caskets belong to unidentified men but only one of them is their focus on this day. The coroner has done only eight exhumations in eight years. This will be the ninth of many more to come.

Counter-Terrorist Officials Rely on Vigilant Workers

LAS VEGAS -- On the heels of a failed car bombing in New York City, Las Vegas authorities are emphasizing the importance of civilian vigilance. 

Terrorism and mass destruction charges were filed against Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani born U.S. citizen arrested late Monday after being pulled off a Dubai-bound flight taxiing away from JFK Airport.

According to police, he confessed to buying a vehicle, rigging it with a bomb and trying to detonate it in Times Square.

The plan was thwarted by a vigilant street vendor who sounded the alarm, potentially saving hundreds of lives.

Accused Ax Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

LAS VEGAS -- A 34-year-old man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he hacked a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounded the infant's mother with a medieval-style battle ax.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley on Monday set a June 2011 trial date for Harold Montague. Montague could face the death penalty if convicted of charges including murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 11 attack outside his Las Vegas home.

Montague also stands accused of stabbing his disabled sister-in-law before bursting outside and attacking the child and the mother walking a stroller past his house. Defense lawyer Norm Reed says Montague understands the charges against him, but a jury will see he's criminally insane.

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Defense in Javon Walker Robbery Case Plans Appeal

LAS VEGAS  -- Lawyers for a convicted felon found guilty of kidnapping, robbing and beating an NFL player in Las Vegas say his trial "was sort of a circus."

The defense is promising to seek a new trial after Deshawn Lamont Thomas was found guilty Friday. Betsy Allen blamed the judge for allowing the jury to see a photo showing her client punching his one-time co-defendant, Arfat Abdo Fadel.

Thomas faces life in prison when he's sentenced June 23 for the 2008 attack. Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker acknowledges he was falling-down drunk after a night partying when he willingly got into a Range Rover with Thomas and Fadel.

He says they stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and that he spent several days in a Las Vegas hospital after the attack.

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Ex-NFL Star Says He's Changed His Ways Since Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Former NFL star Javon Walker testified he's changed his ways since he was robbed of flashy diamond jewelry and a wad of cash and left badly injured a block off the Las Vegas Strip almost two years ago.

The 31-year-old former Oakland Raiders wide receiver told a defense lawyer Thursday that "bad judgment" in a drunken state put him in the vehicle where he was robbed and left unconscious with broken facial bones in an abandoned parking lot.

Defense lawyer Betsy Allen questioned Walker about inconsistencies in statements to police and a grand jury in 2008 -- and in testimony Wednesday before the trial jury for 42-year-old Deshawn Lamont Thomas.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, beating and robbing Walker. He could face life in prison if convicted.  

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