O.J. Simpson's lawyers have accused prosecutors of playing to the media and asked a judge to force changes of "unfairly prejudicial and inflammatory" descriptions in a criminal complaint against Simpson and two other men.
"It is highly misleading, prejudicial and inflammatory for the state to allege, in counts charging three separate specific conspiracies, that Simpson, by name, allegedly persuaded other 'conspirators' to give false information about the presence and use of firearms," Simpson lawyer Gabriel Grasso said Wednesday.
Simpson and co-defendant Charles "C.J." Stewart of North Las Vegas are accused of conspiring to persuade others to say that no guns were used in the alleged armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers Sept. 13 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
In documents filed Monday, Grasso maintains that Simpson and Stewart didn't have to be cited by name to be accused with Florida resident Charles Ehrlich of conspiracy to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery.
"They don't need that language in there," Grasso said. "That's only for media consumption."
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure is scheduled to hear Grasso's argument Tuesday. The co-defendants will not have to appear at the hearing.
They are due to appear for an evidentiary hearing Nov. 8 when they will face 12 criminal charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and coercion.
Co-defendant Michael McClinton of Las Vegas is due to be dropped from the case after he joined another Las Vegas man, Charles Cashmore, and Walter Alexander of Mesa, Ariz., in agreeing to take plea deals and testify against Simpson.