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SIMPSON LAWYERS SEEKING GAG ORDER TO AVOID TAINTING JURY AND WITNESSES

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Lawyers representing O.J. Simpson in wrongful death lawsuits want all pretrial proceedings kept secret, arguing that opening the matter to the public would taint prospective jurors.

In papers filed Thursday, Simpson lawyer Robert C. Baker asked a judge to impose a gag order on everyone involved in the case and requested that Simpson's deposition be sealed.Baker argued that publicizing Simpson's statements during the depositions would make it "practically impossible to get an impartial jury."

"This court is faced with the daunting dilemma of permitting justice, but precluding exploitation of such justice by the media," Baker wrote.

Simpson's remarks could "not only taint the jury pool, but could adversely affect the witnesses," he wrote.

Simpson's deposition was postponed until Superior Court Judge Alan B. Haber holds a Nov. 15 hearing on whether to grant the request to seal the testimony and consolidate three lawsuits brought by Ronald Goldman's mother, father and the parents of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Simpson was acquitted of murder Oct. 3 in the stabbing deaths last year of his ex-wife and Goldman outside her Brentwood condominium.