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O.J. files new appeal in Vegas robbery conviction

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson's lawyers resubmitted a Nevada Supreme Court appeal Wednesday seeking a new trial on grounds that the imprisoned former football star was misled by his lawyer and didn't get a fair trial in his Las Vegas kidnapping and armed robbery case.

The 102-page document asks the seven justices to reconsider whether Simpson's lead attorney at the time, Yale Galanter, had advance knowledge of the ill-fated September 2007 confrontation involving Simpson, several other men and two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel.

Evidence at trial "tended to indicate that Galanter was involved in the alleged conspiracy," current Simpson lawyers Patricia Palm, Ozzie Fumo and Tom Pitaro say in the appeal. "Galanter's personal interest in hiding his pre-incident involvement is sufficiently substantial to indicate the existence of an actual conflict."

Palm declined additional comment about the appeal, which was initially stalled by size and formatting issues after she submitted it May 21. Since last week, Palm double-spaced the document according to Chief Justice Mark Gibbon's instructions and re-filed it.

The justices haven't decided if they will hold hearings on Simpson's latest appeal and didn't immediately set a date for a decision, court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer said. The court is Nevada's only appellate bench and cases can take months or longer to decide.

The high court in September 2010 rejected a previous appeal by Galanter on behalf of Simpson.

The new effort alleges that Galanter had a conflict of interest that skewed his representation of Simpson in a trial also tainted by the sports, television and movie star's notoriety stemming from his acquittal in the June 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.

The 20th anniversary of the slayings is next week.

Simpson, now 66, is serving nine to 33 years at a Nevada state prison in Lovelock in the Las Vegas robbery case. He's not eligible for parole until late 2017.

Galanter on Wednesday defended his performance on Simpson's behalf.

The Miami-based lawyer pointed to Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell's ruling in November - after five days of hearings last May and several months reviewing the case record - that Simpson failed to demonstrate how Galanter's actions led to Simpson's conviction.

Bell denied Simpson's request for release and a new trial. She said also that evidence was overwhelming that Simpson orchestrated the September 2007 armed kidnapping and robbery at the Palace Station hotel.

"Judge Bell saw through his and his lawyers' charade and kicked him to the curb," Galanter said.

Simpson continues to say he was trying to retrieve items that had been stolen from him after a 1997 civil case put him on the hook for a $33.5 million wrongful-death judgment.

He testified last year that he thought he had a right to get his belongings back, and that he never knew any of the men with him were carrying guns.

The NFL hall of famer didn't testify at trial in Las Vegas. He told Bell that Galanter advised him not to.

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dl0007 June 05 2014 at 1:16 PM

There is no doubt this guy killed Nicole and Ron Goldman! However, because the glove did not fit (after shrinking from being blood soaked for a couple of years) the jury was told they must acquit, and they did! Anyone else who got off with a double murder, whether they were guilty or not, should be thankful and smart enough never ever commit another crime! Not even jay walking or littering! No, this entitled, arrogant, idiot, commits ARMED ROBBERY! This piece of human waste should be imprisoned until he takes his last breath! He was lucky again because he should have already taken that last breath while lying on a gurney with a needle in his arm years ago!

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lareginaproduce June 05 2014 at 1:59 PM

Seriously , anybody who don't think this piece of sh-t didn't do it has their own agenda. There was such a overwhelming amount of proof it is ridiculous. So if he stays in Jail for life for this robbery, so be it. KARMA is a B-Tch.!!!

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rdscars June 05 2014 at 1:06 PM

Karma is a B... when it comes calling, he thought because he got away with murder that armed robbery would be no big deal... And he was wrong

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summerchaser rdscars June 05 2014 at 2:24 PM

but........with that said............. how can it be robbery...........if the items are yours and had been stolen from you..........

hey...... i don't believe he killed his ex .........never did........ but........ always thought his elder son DID........

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Dick June 05 2014 at 2:00 PM

This scum bag is right where he belongs!!! Appeal....my ass, he was tried and convicted in a court of law based on the evidence.....so NO APPEAL or NEW TRIAL for this *******!

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suzycme2 June 05 2014 at 1:25 PM

Ask the families of the two victims if he's "paid" enough. He's still breathing air ~ the loss of two human lives forever and he's paid enough?? He's where he belongs.

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prnyl June 05 2014 at 1:01 PM

Require him to pay what he owes everyone fof murdering his wife

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madfam004 June 05 2014 at 1:24 PM

This old killer still alive? Come on. Get a heart attack and go dude.

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o6usaret madfam004 June 05 2014 at 6:21 PM

Yo madfam004, I'm and old killer too and I'm still alive. Not in the clink either, guess that's because I'm white. Got anything more to say Dilto?

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intreveus madfam004 June 06 2014 at 12:56 AM

Be careful what you wish upon others!

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librascalez June 05 2014 at 12:57 PM

Give him the appropriate sentence fro the crime. Not 30yrs for a 5yr arm robbery conviction.

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tneill1031 June 05 2014 at 12:58 PM

Give him a new trail and let him be his own attorney, LMAO

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txysm tneill1031 June 05 2014 at 3:25 PM

that's funny : )

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delorish1 tneill1031 June 05 2014 at 10:03 PM

Do you mean "trial"?

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blackcaddi68 delorish1 June 05 2014 at 11:52 PM

ty lmao seems the most outspoken experts in here cant even take the time to correct their spelling. giving them, of course, the benefit of the doubt, that they even know how to spell. faye resnick had jus got out of rehab. maybe some equadorians ;fronted the 2 girls some coke, didn't get paid later and stabbed Nicole to death. us latinos use knives, white people. remember ? my white ex was using in LA at the time so I was looking at the trial from a 'real street. drug addicts point of view.....just saying....and OJ had an older son from his first black wife.....

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slaterlabsmot June 05 2014 at 12:59 PM

Man I need to go on a diet! I'm a white guy (with a tan) and I'm starting to look like OJ!

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