Former football star O.J. Simpson, who’s serving nine to 33 years in prison for the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, is going back to court on Monday to ask for a new trial.
Hoping to be granted an appeal of his 2008 conviction, Simpson, 65, will argue that his former attorney John Galanter had a conflict of interest and gave him bad advice, the Associated Press reports.
Simpson is now represented by Patricia Palm, who contends claims against John Galanter, Simpson’s former lawyer, “are solid.”
Galanter is due to testify at the new hearing and has declined to comment on the case.
Simpson now says that Galanter knew ahead of time about Simpson’s plan to retrieve what he thought were personal mementoes, and that the lawyer met Simpson in Las Vegas to discuss the plan the night before the athlete and five other men confronted two sports memorabilia dealers and a middleman in a casino hotel room in September 2007.
… “He consistently told me the state could not prove its case because I acted within my rights in retaking my own property,” Simpson said in a sworn statement outlining what he plans to say in court this week.
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