Riccio has painted OJ as a longtime friend and business partner. "He's always been charming and nice," Riccio testified. Sounds like more of a defense witness than one for the prosecution...
Miami attorney Yale Galanter is running the show this morning. Cross-examining Riccio, Galanter is taking no nonsense, peppering Riccio with questions and not giving him leeway to give long-winded answers as he was on the witness stand Thursday. Asking Riccio about his relationship with memorabilia dealer and alleged victim Alfred Beardsley, Galanter was quick to remind Riccio he described Beardsley as "a raving loon" to CNN.
Preliminary Trial of the New Century is starting Day 2. OJ walked in smiling in a blue sport coat, white shirt and tie.
OJ's lawyers are about to start their cross-examination of Tom Riccio, the guy who helped set up the hotel-room meeting and secretly recorded the whole thing.
Now Thomas Riccio is on the stand being examined by District Attorney David Roger. Riccio is explaining his job as a memorabilia broker/auctioneer. Riccio used to work with OJ to promote him at autograph signings. As you may remember, Riccio is the one who helped arrange the meeting between OJ and the memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station. He also recorded the incident on audio and sold it to TMZ.com. He has not been charged in the incident.
The hearing picked up after the lunch break with memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong being cross-examined by Clarence Stewart's lawyer. Fromong, who has testified that someone had a semi-automatic handgun pointed at his head during the Sept. 13 incident, was asked if he could describe what OJ and the five other men were wearing. He struggled to remember details of the clothing. I was more concerned with the gun that was in my face," Fromong said. He has described OJ and his companions barging into the hotel room like "a military-style invasion.
Testimony ended with Fromong's cross-examination by OJ's lawyers. When court resumes, attorneys will question Fromong for the other two defendants, Bruce Erhlich and Clarence Stewart. So far, this has been a very thorough, very detailed preliminary hearing. The court blocked off Thursday and Friday for the hearing, but we're more than halfway through the first day and we're not through the first of eight witnesses. Could be a long one. Some are speculating it could drag into next week.
After a short recess, OJ attorney Gabriel Grasso is continuing his cross-examination of Fromong. It seems Grasso is trying to discredit Fromong by pointing out how he has been trying to profit from the OJ incident. During the five-minute break, OJ stood from his defense table and shook hands with supporters and reporters.
"I have nothing to say yet," he said. "Just listen."