Deliberations near in Simpson case
Jury expected to get the case on Monday
January 26, 1997
SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- When the five-month wrongful death case against O.J. Simpson goes to the jury -- possibly on Monday afternoon -- Los Angeles police plan to prepare for the worst, just in case.
A spokesman says that once the verdict is in, the department will go on a modified tactical alert, meaning the shift on duty at that time will be held on to provide extra manpower, if needed.
Extra officers will also be patrolling the Brentwood area, where Simpson lives and where Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were killed in June 1994.
First, though, O.J. Simpson's defense attorneys will finish the closing arguments they began last week before a three-day weekend break.
There was no court session Friday because Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki had a prior commitment.
Lead defense attorney Robert Baker told Hiroshi on Thursday that closing arguments would continue Monday.
Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Petrocelli will have a brief rebuttal Monday -- the final word in the case -- before the judge gives the jury instructions and they begin deliberating.
If found responsible for the deaths, Simpson could be forced to pay millions of dollars in damages.
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