"Newsradio" actor Andy Dick pled guilty to misdemeanor drug and battery charges on October 17, 2008 in Murrieta, California. Dick was arrested on felony sexual battery charges in July when a 17 year old girl accused him of pulling down her top. Riverside County police officers had responded to the scene on a complaint of an intoxicated male outside a restaurant. The actor was ordered to serve three years probation and to wear an alcohol monitor for the next year.
New York Yankees ace pitcher Joba Chamberlain was arrested on Saturday October 18, 2008 in Lincoln, Nebraska on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of an open container of alcohol, and speeding. The Nebraska State Patrol stopped Mr. Chamberlain in the early morning hours this past Saturday after observing the Yankee pitcher driving his BMW at an excessive rate of speed. When the trooper approached the vehicle, he saw the open container of alcohol and detected an odor of alcohol. Chamberlain was then arrested on charges of driving under the influence, having an open container of alcohol and speeding.
Exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson was convicted on October 3, 2008 by a Las Vegas jury of all 12 counts in thearmed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers. The jury reached its verdict after 12 days of testimony from 22 witnesses. Mr. Simpson did not testify in his own defense, the same strategy he employed in his murder trial over thirteen years ago. In addition to witness testimony from co-defendants, the jury heard hours of secretly recorded and profanity laced audiotapes.
The charges stemmed from a September 13, 2007 incident in which Simpson and five other men, two with firearms, stormed the Las Vegas hotel room of sports memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley to retrieve mementos such as signed Pete Rose baseballs, Joe Montana lithographs, game balls and plaques which Simpson claimed were his. One co-defendant testified that Simpson instructed him to "bring a gun and look menacing" before they entered the hotel room. Simpson later denied to police that he knew that any of his accomplices were armed.
Simpson was convicted all 12 charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit burglary and kidnapping. He was denied bail and taken into immediate custody. Simpson's co-defendant Clarence Stewart was also found guilty on all 12 charges. The 61 year old ex-football star could face life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Jackie Glass on December 5. His lawyers have vowed that they will appeal.