Double jeopardy: Why knife 'means nothing' for O.J. Simpson

No matter what forensic evidence is found on a knife said to have been found on O.J. Simpson's former property, he will not face a new trial in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in 1994, according to a lawyer.

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"What does this knife mean to O.J. Simpson? Really, it means nothing," said sports and entertainment lawyer Eb Reinbergs.

"The same person cannot be tried for the same thing twice."

That's the legal principle called double jeopardy. Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995 in what was dubbed the trial of the century.

In the United States, double jeopardy is only waived if a case involves federal legal issues, said Reinbergs, who practises in Toronto. That is not the case with the former football star, he said.

The only one who could face possible legal action if the knife turns out to be connected to the 22-year-old murders is the now-retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who didn't turn in the knife, said Reinbergs.

A construction worker claims he found the knife at the time Simpson's home was being demolished in the late 1990s, and gave it to an off-duty traffic officer working in the area.

That officer, now retired, says he kept the knife for himself until he turned it over to the Los Angeles Police Department last month.



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