O.J. Simpson feels that he’s been wronged by the legal system. How ironic.
Simpson, who is currently behind bars on various charges including kidnapping, wants a new trial because of his shady lawyer.
Starting Monday (May 13) the 65-year-old will head back to the same Las Vegas courtroom where he was sentenced to a maximum of 33 years behind bars, and request a new trial. He is expected to attend all five days of the Clark County District Court proceedings and will testify Wednesday (May 15).
The former football star is eligible for parole in 2017, but claims that attorney Yale Galanter collected nearly $700,000 in legal fees but failed to provide him with proper representation. Therefore, Galanter is to blame for why Simpson was convicted on kidnapping and robbery charges stemming from a 2007 incident in a Las Vegas hotel.
A once lauded sports figure, old age has taken its toll on the San Francisco native now “grayer, heavier and limping a little more from long-ago knee injuries” according to a report. In a sworn statement, Simpson asserts that Galanter gave him the green light to confront a pair of sports memorabilia dealers in the Palace Station hotel in Vegas. “I fully disclosed my plan to Yale Galanter, and he advised me that I was within my legal rights,” he said.“Had I understood that there was an actual chance of conviction, I would have accepted such an offer.”
Unfortunately for Simpson his recount of what went down in the room is much different than that of victim Bruce Fromong, who claims that the Heisman Trophy winner robbed him at gunpoint. Simpson is pegged as the ringleader, but had a six other accomplices–one of whom had to pull out at the last minute over scheduling conflicts.
Despite surveillance footage disproving his potential innocence, Simpson has been appealing the verdict for a while now, and his bid for freedom may not be unreachable. His co-conspirator, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart served over two years of a 7½-to-27 year sentence before his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court.
In October of 1995 Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. More than a decade later he tried to release the book If I Did It.
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