Simpson judge ordered to explain ruling

The judge presiding over the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial must explain, and cite law, why she isn't releasing copies of completed questionnaires filled out for Simpson's trial, according to a Friday order from the Nevada Supreme Court.

The order gives District Judge Jackie Glass 15 days to respond to a request made by Stephens Media LLC, the owners of the Review-Journal, and The Associated Press for copies of the filled out jury questionnaires.

Glass on Thursday denied in writing the news organizations' requests, saying that she had promised potential jurors that their responses to the questionnaires would be "kept confidential."

Glass declined to comment Friday through a court spokesperson.

Attorney Don Campbell, who is representing the news organizations, said he was grateful for the Supreme Court's quick action in the matter.

About 500 potential jurors filled out questionnaires for Simpson's trial.

Simpson, 61, and his co-defendant Clarence Stewart, 54, are accused of robbing memorabilia dealers at Palace Station last year. Jury selection in the case finished Thursday night and opening statements are expected on Monday.