Former O.J. Simpson Defense Attorney: Found Knife is 'Highly Suspicious' - NECN

Former O.J. Simpson Defense Attorney: Found Knife is 'Highly Suspicious'

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    As speculation swirls around a knife purportedly found years ago on the property of the former home of O.J. Simpson, several questions remain about what impact, if any, it could have on the open 1994 murder case of O.J.'s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. (Published Friday, March 4, 2016)

    As speculation swirls around a knife purportedly found years ago on the property of the former home of O.J. Simpson, several questions remain about what impact, if any, it could have on the open 1994 murder case of O.J.'s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

    "In terms of O.J. Simpson it won't have any legal consequence, jeopardy is attached, he's been acquitted of it, he can never be tried again," said necn legal editor Randy Chapman.

    Chapman says he also thinks it's unlikely the retired LAPD police officer who allegedly held onto the knife for years could face any charges, because its likely the statute of limitations would have run out.

    "Does the ongoing possession of the knife remain an ongoing crime of obstruction? I don't think this is ever going to be something where charges are going to be brought," said Chapman.

    One of Simpson's former defense attorneys, F. Lee Bailey, who now lives in Maine, called this alleged discovery ridiculous.

    "I don't think that anything was dropped or buried on the property," Bailey said on the phone from his home.

    Bailey says the timing is also curious with the new mini-series The People Vs. O.J. Simpson now airing on FX.

    "I think it's very highly suspicious," said Bailey, "when was this knife manufactured? If it was after June of 1994 it could not possibly have any relevance to this case."

    Chapman agrees this will likely have no bearing on the case.

    "It'll be more of an interesting footnote in a very odd story," Chapman said.

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