Why Is O.J. Simpson Hearing Taking So Long?

The celebrity factor, however, cannot be discounted, experts said. The media attention, a perception that Simpson was let off the hook in 1995, and the money Simpson can afford to spend, all play a role in the hearing's length.

"To some degree, everyone wants a share of the spotlight. There are sound legal reasons for a lengthy hearing, but the secondary motivation is that the prosecutors, judge and defense lawyers all want to be on TV," said defense lawyer Louis Palazzo.

Bonaventure is expected to rule on whether Simpson will be tried today or Thursday.

Simpson, 60, has maintained that no guns were used when he, Clarence Stewart and Charles Ehrlich confronted two sports memorabilia dealers trying to sell items the aging football star claimed were his.

He has said he intended to retrieve only items that had been stolen from him by a former agent, including the suit he wore the day he was acquitted of murder.

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