In 2007, a group of men led by Simpson broke into a hotel room carrying guns and took a collection of O.J. Simpson signed footballs, photos and other collectables.
O.J’s co-defendants plea bargained and agreed to testify against Simpson, whereas Simpson faced a possible life in prison on the kidnapping charge as well as mandatory prison time for the armed robbery charge.
Simpson was sentenced to thirty three years in prison with the possibility of parole in 2017 after nine years.
O.J. Simpson has always maintained that the memorabilia was rightfully his and he was just taking it back.
On October 19, 2012 a
The hearing to determine if Simpson should receive a new trial started this week.
Simpson wants a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer from
The proceeding, called a writ of habeas corpus, is not a trial. Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell plans to hear five days of testimony beginning Monday on 19 separate claims of ineffective representation of counsel and conflict of interest. Simpson has to prove his lawyers botched his trial and the outcome could have been different with better representation.
Although the Nevada Supreme Court denied Simpson’s appeal in 2010, Simpson now maintains that by Galanter handling his appeal and oral arguments, the lawyer blocked Simpson from claiming Galanter had conflicted interests. This argument was compelling enough to Judge Bell for her to award the hearing.
The high-profile trial was not Simpson’s first. In 1995, he was acquitted in
The civil case was the only time Simpson testified in open court.
Now Simpson is expected to testify again. He is expected to take the stand on Wednesday although the timing could be in doubt based on the length of other testimony. It will be the first time the public will hear his explanation of the caper that led to his incarceration. He still maintains he did not know that two of the five men with him that night at the Palace Station hotel brought guns.
Simpson’s four co-defendants pleaded guilty to felonies, testified for the prosecution and got off with probation. Clarence “C.J.” Stewart was convicted with Simpson and served more than two years in prison before the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Simpson’s fame tainted Stewart’s conviction. Stewart was granted a new trial but avoided retrial by pleading guilty to two felonies and was freed. He’s now living in
On Tuesday, the second day of the hearing, O.J. Simpson won a small victory when Judge Bell allowed Simpson to have his right hand free of shackles in order to drink water and take notes. His left hand remains in cuffs.
In court Simpson looks older and more worn than when he went into prison 4 ½ years ago. His hair has turned gray and he looks as though he has gained weight. If nothing changes from this hearing, O.J. Simpson will not be eligible for parole until he is 70 years old.
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