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Vegas Cops Don't Have O.J. Tape -- Yet

9/18/2007 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Las Vegas authorities do not have the audio tape of the confrontation that led to Simpson's arrest, but it's coming soon.

Thomas Riccio, an auctioneer who recorded the tape, tells TMZ that last night, his lawyer negotiated immunity with the Las Vegas District Attorney. Riccio's lawyer wanted to make sure his client would not be prosecuted as part of the team that allegedly robbed two men.

Riccio recorded 20 hours of tape, including conversations with Simpson, as well as interviews with cops after the incident. Riccio's lawyer wanted to make sure the D.A. would not go after Riccio for possible illegal recording, though Riccio says nothing was illegally recorded.


As to whether O.J. knew he was being recorded, we now have an answer. He didn't. Riccio did it of his own accord, placing the recorder on a piece of furniture when it all went down.

Riccio says the initial plan of confronting Alfred Beardsley, a sports memorabilia dealer, was hatched by O.J. and he simply went along with it. Riccio says the plan was to create a phantom buyer of Simpson memorabilia, enter the room and give Beardsley two options -- either return the goods to Simpson or O.J. would call the cops. Riccio says he was stunned that it went down differently.

Riccio says when his lawyer gets written confirmation of the immunity deal, he'll pop the entire 20 hours of conversation in a FedEx box, probably sometime today.
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All alone in paradise    

Yuck.

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

WHATS THIS GOT TO DO WITH BRITTNEY SPEARS

2402 days ago
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TMZ YOU ARE IDIOTS    

HEY TMZ, COPS DON'T NEGOTIATE FOR EVIDENCE. THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE.

2402 days ago
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8th grader    

l m a o .

bout time.

2402 days ago
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chismosa    

Just looking at that guys face makes me want to gag..TMZ PLEASE!!!! Don't tell me this face will be on for months now...

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

ALL THE COPS GOT TO DO IS TURN ON

TMZ

IM SURE THEY HAVE HEARD TAPE ALLREADY

2402 days ago
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ANITA    

Does anyone know why there would be an audio tape of this "sting" operation???? This sounds very fishy to me, not to take up for OJ or anything, but really what are the odds of actually capturing an audio tape of the "surprise" confrontation?

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

hOW IS bRITTNEY DOING?

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

whats a girl got to do to get on TMZ?

you guys are itnoring me!

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

The guy had a tape recoring device as an acessory on a Blue chip phone

so it was real handy to turn on.

no set up here

2402 days ago
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xx    

Nevada is a two-party state for recordings (ALL parties must consent to the recording).... the recorded exchange was *against the law*.

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Nev.Rev. Stat. Ann. § 200.620: The Nevada wiretapping statute provides
that it is a crime for anyone to "intercept" or disclose the contents
of any wire communication, but that no illegal activity occurs when
the interception is made "with the prior consent of one of the
parties to the communication" and "an emergency situation exists."In
addition, it is a criminal invasion of privacy to secretly listen to,
record or disclose the contents of any private conversation "engaged
in by other persons" through use of any mechanical or electronic
device, "unless authorized to do so by one of the persons engaging in
the conversation."

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 200.650.Nevada statutory provisions also make it a crime to disclose the existence or contents of any wire or radio communication without permission from the sender or receiver. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 200.630. Violations of the statutes can be punished as felonies and carry civil liability for actual damages, $100 per day of violation or $1,000 — whichever is greater. In civil cases, punitive damages, costs and attorney fees also can be recovered. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 200.690.

2402 days ago
12.

Howard K. Stern    

I say Howard K. Stern is the father. What do you say? Larry go away you bugger!

Ron Goldman is with Anna right now! Ron's father is a jackass.

OJ is a dumb ass. The guy looks good for 60 years... damn..

2402 days ago
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Desease control    

... this is so excellent that the whole deal was caught on tape !

somepeole (Honey child) still think OJ is a nice guy

now the proof is in the TAPE

this is like water gate aLL OVER AGIN

2402 days ago
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sternbo    

Riccio is a stoole,one thing worse then a con is a person who puts a con in jail

2402 days ago
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anonymous    

"burn baby burn"

"You know what they say "You lie down with the Devil, you wake up in Hell".

"well, well, looks like we have a murder on our hands..."

"The only thing that matters is the evidence. "

"The next time you want to take a swing at someone, start with me. "

"Bag it, tag it, and let's see what else is here."

"Yes, let's go talk to the other Russian, the cousin, before he chokes on a twizzler."

Killer just made his second mistake. His first mistake was murder."

2402 days ago
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