4. Judge Jackie Glass introducing herself to courtroom UPSOUND: (English) "I'm Judge Jackie Glass and I'm presiding over this matter and this matter is the state of Nevada vs Simpson and Stewart."
5. Prosecutor addressing court
6. Simpson's defence attorney addressing court
7. Clarence Stewart's attorney addressing court
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Jackie Glass:
"Your decision in this case should be based upon all of the evidence presented during the trial and not based on any preconceived prejudice or bias."
9. Close-up of Simpson smiling UPSOUND (English) Judge Jackie Glass: "Anybody know of Mr Simpson, raise your hands, come on, raise those hands, alright put your hands down."
10. Simpson and attorneys in courtroom
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Jackie Glass:
"You are here to listen to the testimony and review the evidence from an event that occurred in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, last September. Now if you are here to think that you are going to punish Mr. Simpson for what happened in Los Angeles back in 95', this is not the case for you."
12. Pan from judge to Simpson
13. Simpson and attorneys sitting in courtroom
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Jackie Glass:
"If you are here for some other reason than really doing jury service and you're looking here to become famous because of your participation in this case and write a book and be on TV, quite honestly folks this is not the case for you either."
15. Simpson and his attorneys
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Judge Jackie Glass
"No talking to anybody, don't read any papers, no internet, nothing until you are discharged or go back to the jury room and you are done with this case."
17. Exterior of restaurant near courthouse
18. Various of restaurant sign featuring an "OJ special" on the menu
OJ Simpson went on trial for kidnapping and robbery on Monday with a judge determined to find a jury unaffected by his long-ago "Trial of the Century."
"You are here to listen to the testimony and review the evidence from an event that occurred in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, last September," Judge Jackie Glass told prospective jurors.
"Now if you are here to think that you are going to punish Mr. Simpson for what happened in Los Angeles back in 95', this is not the case for you," she added, urging them to confess if they had such a motive. All stayed silent.
While asking many questions about the past, the judge stopped short of asking the big question that Simpson's lawyer wanted: Do they consider Simpson a murderer?
Glass told lawyers outside the prospects' presence that they were not there to re-litigate that case.
The new case debuted as a pale postscript to the murder trial that riveted America in the 1990s when Simpson, a former pro football star turned actor, was charged with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, and ultimately acquitted.
Missing were the crowds that surrounded the courthouse when Simpson was arrested last year for allegedly robbing two sports collectibles dealers in a hotel room, and the media throng that has followed him over the years was dramatically diminished.
Simpson has a co-defendant this time, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, an old friend who went along on an ill-fated mission which Simpson claims was intended to reclaim personal property.
But Stewart was barely mentioned on Monday as the judge focused on how much prospective jurors knew about Simpson and how they feel about him.
When she asked how many of them knew of Simpson, hands shot in the air from most of the 87 panelists initially brought to the courtroom.
They were not asked if they knew Stewart, who has repeatedly tried to have his case severed from Simpson's on grounds he would be tainted sitting next to the celebrity defendant.
Simpson and Stewart have each pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, burglary, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon.
Simpson maintains he did not ask anyone to bring guns to the hotel room and that he did not know anyone in the room was armed.
The stakes are high.
A robbery conviction would mean mandatory prison time, and a kidnapping conviction carries the possibility of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
When he was acquitted of murder in 1995, police on horseback had to surround the Los Angeles criminal courts building to keep back crowds.
And a cast of sideshow characters was present throughout the yearlong trial.
In Las Vegas, a restaurant near the courthouse, was serving the 'OJ Special," which included, Orange Chicken over rice, with two cuffs and a shot of OJ (orange juice).
Court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer said more than 472 print, photo, video and radio journalists were credentialed for the trial, but some national networks were waiting for jury selection to be completed.