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Vegas Judge Rules No new Trial for O.J. Simpson

After a great deal of anticipation, a Las Vegas judge has finally made a ruling in O.J. Simpson’s request for a retrial. Clark County Judge Linda Marie Bell has denied the petition from Simpson’s lawyers, claiming that there was no new evidence that the errors in this case would have led to a different outcome.

In making her decision, Judge Bell said, “given the overwhelming amount of evidence, neither the errors in this case nor the errors collectively cause this court to question the validity of Mr. Simpson’s conviction.” In all, Simpson’s attorneys had raised 22 issues with the court, none of which Judge Bell found to be valid enough to warrant a new trial.

Patricia Palm, an attorney for Simpson claimed that her client was “disappointed” by the news. She claimed that the appeals are not over, as the defense team feels that poor representation during his original trial was what led to him eventually being found guilty of his charges. She claims that the next step will be to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, with an appeal being planned for the federal courts if that attempt also fails. She said that whenever they got to the “right court”, she was sure that Simpson would obtain relief because he was deserving of it.

Winning this appeal would have basically allowed Simpson a new trial on his 2007 charges of robbery. At that time, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison, and will be eligible for full parole in 2017.