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Nov 16, 2012

O.J. Simpson could Receive new Trial

In 2007, O.J. Simpson received a sentence of nine to 33 years in prison for his role in a 2007 robbery in Las Vegas. Simpson was attempting to recover sports memorabilia he claims was stolen from him after his acquittal on double murder charges. At the time of his sentencing, Simpson was 60 years old, and it was anticipated he would spend the rest of his natural life in prison. That could change, as attorneys for the former NFL star have been somewhat successful at an appeals attempt.

On October 19th, Clark County, Nevada judge Linda Bell agreed to consider 18 of 22 issues raised by appellate attorneys for Simpson. Among some of the issues being raised are ineffective assistance of counsel and the attorney’s refusal to allow Simpson to testify on his own behalf.

In the pleadings, Simpson alleges that his trial attorney Yale Galanter had personal and business interests that resulted in a conflict of interest. In order to determine whether this has indeed been the case, Simpson has requested a waiver of the attorney-client privilege so the lawyer can be made to testify under oath.

Simpson alleges that Galanter knew in advance of his decision to confront the sports memorabilia dealers. He claims that the attorney advised him he would be able to confront these dealers as long as he did not use physical force in doing so.

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