O. J Simpson Granted $125,000.00 Bail

Former football star O.J. Simpson appeared in court today and was granted bail for $125,000.00, ordered by the judge not to have any form of contact with any of the witnesses involved in the case and also ordered to surrender his passport to his attorney, following his arrest on sunday over an alleged robbery of sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel last week.

Judge Joe Bonaventure set Simpson's bail at $125,000 and also ordered him to turn over his passport to his attorneys.

Clark County District Attorney David Rogers agreed to the bail, which defense attorney Yale Galanter said Simpson would pay immediately after the hearing.

Simpson was wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and handcuffs. He spoke only in direct response to Bonaventure's questions.

Galanter, a Florida lawyer, told the judge that he is not licensed to practice law in Nevada but had filed paperwork to gain the proper status.

Simpson will be arraigned the week of October 22, when he will plead not guilty to the charges, Galanter said.

The judge also told Simpson he must refrain from contacting any alleged victims, witnesses or co-defendants in the case.

The former football star will be allowed to return to his home in Miami, Florida, and elsewhere within the continental United States.

The charges include multiple counts of first-degree kidnapping with a weapon, robbery with a weapon, burglary with a weapon, coercion and conspiracy to commit kidnapping and robbery.

The kidnapping charges were added Tuesday.

Prosecutors contend Simpson and his co-defendants -- Walter Alexander, Clarence Stewart and Michael McClinton -- committed kidnapping because they intended to hold or detain the two alleged victims using a weapon.

Galanter said Tuesday his client has "a very substantial chance of being acquitted of those charges" and that "under the circumstances [Simpson] is doing well."

Galanter said Simpson would not respond to interview requests.

Simpson, 60, was arrested at his hotel Sunday morning and was held in jail without bail.

The items in the room where the alleged robbery took place included baseballs, plaques, a photo featuring J. Edgar Hoover and a mobile phone, a police report said.

Simpson has said that he entered the room with friends, one of whom was posing as a potential buyer, after being tipped off that some of his personal items were for sale there. He said his friends helped him carry the items from the room but said no guns were involved and denied a robbery occurred.

Police, however, said he orchestrated the incident and that the suspects had at least two guns, which authorities recovered during searches.

Simpson and his co-defendants are accused of pointing guns at Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong and taking the memorabilia, along with Fromong's cell phone and Beardsley's baseball cap and sunglasses.

Beardsley told CNN's "Larry King Live" that he was contacted last month by Thomas Riccio -- a dealer and auctioneer of sports memorabilia -- who said he had a client who wanted to buy some high-end Simpson items and would pay top dollar for them. Beardsley then called Fromong, who gave him a list of items he could provide.

Meanwhile, Riccio told King he called Simpson, told him Beardsley and Fromong had the items and the two had agreed to go the hotel room together, but that the alleged robbery was Simpson's idea.

The two planned that Riccio would be in the room and would let Simpson in, Riccio said. But he said he was shocked when Simpson showed up to the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with "two white guys and six black guys."

Riccio said he recorded an audiotape of the confrontation "because I've had problems in the past." In the recording, Simpson can be heard barking orders and profanities and repeatedly accusing someone of stealing his things

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