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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

OJ Simpson wants new trial

OJ Simpson wants a new trial and when you look at the evidence, he's likely to get one.  The 65 year old is serving 9 to 33 years for leading five men in an armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.  He believed the two men were trying to sell his personal items that had been stolen. He's been in jail since 2008.

In a sworn statement, (not that we are likely to believe everything he says) Simpson said his trial lawyer Yale Galanter knew he planned to confront the two dealers to get his personal items back, and told him he was within his legal rights. 

He also alleges that Galanter refused to put him on the stand to tell his side of the story.  But by far the most crucial accusation is that he didn't tell him there was a plea bargain deal offered which would have meant he only serve a couple of years instead of the 33 he was given.

Yale Galanter

His new lawyers claim Simpson was in awe of Galanter and was completely dominated by him.  They also allege he hid important evidence and misled Simpson to such a degree, he deserve a retrial.

His new lawyer Patricia Palm, lodged a 94 page petition and in it, she claims there are 22 allegations of conflict of interest and ineffective counsel.  Judge Linda Marie Bell has agreed to hear 19 of those allegations.

Simpson and Patricia Palm

American justice was found wanting after he was tried for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman and found 'not guilty' yet a civil lawsuit found him guilty and he had to pay $33.5 million to the victim's families.

It's now up to the judge to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a new trial, and I'm guessing that there is.