11/08/2007 at 07:00 AM EST
Call it, O.J. Simpson: Take 2
Twelve years after being acquitted in criminal court on double-murder charges, the former football star, 60, will sit before a judge again on Thursday, this time in Nevada and on aggravated kidnapping charges and 11 other felonies stemming from an alleged robbery
in a Las Vegas casino-hotel.
Las Vegas Judge Joe M. Bonaventure is due to determine whether there is enough evidence to set the case for a trial. The jurist should not lack for potential evidence, given that three of Simpson's alleged co-conspirators have accepted plea bargains to testify against The Juice.
The preliminary hearing is expected to continue into Friday and possibly even Saturday.
Simpson's attorneys claim they are prepared to face the challenges ahead and have even said they understand what the public perception of Simpson. At a press conference in September, attorney Yale Galanter stated, "We know who our client is. We know what you guys think."
Should Bonaventure decide there is enough evidence for trial, it's likely the case wouldn't begin until 2008.
So far, however, Simpson is 0-1 in the Las Vegas justice system. On Tuesday, his legal team argued unsuccessfully in court papers that prosecutors are using the media against their client.