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Goldman family attorney may testify in O.J. trial

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By Paul Vercammen
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- A day of repeated objections, admonitions, lawyer-judge conferences in chambers and frayed nerves in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery trial ended late Tuesday with a cliffhanger.

O.J. Simpson could hear Wednesday from an attorney representing Ron Goldman's family at his trial.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass said she will rule Wednesday on whether the prosecution can put David Cook on the witness stand. Cook is an attorney for the family of Ron Goldman, whose 1994 murder Simpson was acquitted in criminal court but held liable in a civil trial.

Cook represents the Goldmans in their efforts to recover assets as part of the civil judgment against Simpson for Goldman's wrongful death.

Simpson's lawyers argue the only reason to put Cook on the stand would be to prejudice the jury against their client. They also contend that the testimony from the Goldmans' lawyer could be grounds for a mistrial.

The prosecution says Cook can shed light on Simpson's intent and state of mind about assets that are central to last year's alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia.

Charles Ehrlich, Simpson's longtime friend and former co-defendant, told jurors Tuesday that his memory of the hotel room confrontation at the center of the case hasn't been the same since he suffered two heart attacks.

According to the Associated Press, Yale Galanter, Simpson's attorney, attacked Ehrlich's credibility, repeatedly asking for specifics -- who was standing where, he wanted to know, and who told him what was going to happen?

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"I can't remember that," Ehrlich said. "I can't recall. I can't remember that particular conversation."

Ehrlich is the fourth co-defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges and agree to testify against Simpson.


Jailed sports memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley and three other former co-defendants in the case who struck plea deals are also waiting to testify in the trial.

Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart have pleaded not guilty. Each faces prison if convicted.

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