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« Reply #80 on: October 29, 2012, 02:34:55 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/nevada-judge-to-hear-evidence-in-oj-simpson-bid-to-prove-lawyers-botched-vegas-robbery-trial/2012/10/19/2940cce0-1a4a-11e2-ad4a-e5a958b60a1e_story.html
Nevada judge to hear evidence in O.J. Simpson bid for new trial
Published October 19, 2012, Updated October 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge agreed Friday to reopen the armed robbery and kidnapping case against former football star O.J. Simpson to determine if the former football star was so badly represented by his lawyers that he should be freed from prison and get another trial.

Simpson wasn’t in a Las Vegas courtroom while Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell agreed to hear evidence and consider 18 of 22 questions cited in a May appeal by Simpson appeals lawyer Patricia Palm.
The judge dismissed four other grounds on which the 65-year-old Simpson seeks release from state prison, where he is serving nine to 33 years.

The development could put Simpson on the witness stand for the first time. He stood trial in 2008 after authorities said he led five men, including two with guns, in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers and a middleman in a cramped room at a Las Vegas casino-hotel.

The judge also granted a waiver of attorney-client privilege on questions in dispute between Simpson and his trial lawyer, Yale Galanter.

A key question will be whether Galanter had personal financial and business interests that posed a conflict that should have precluded him from handling Simpson’s case.
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« Reply #81 on: November 11, 2012, 10:39:10 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/09/nevada-judge-to-set-hearing-in-oj-simpson-freedom-bid/?intcmp=obinsite
Nevada judge to set hearing in O.J. Simpson freedom bid
November 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS –  A Nevada judge will be asked to set a date next spring for evidence hearings in football star O.J. Simpson's bid to prove he was so badly represented by lawyers during his armed robbery and kidnapping case trial three years ago that he should get a new trial.

Simpson won't be in a Las Vegas courtroom for Friday's date-setting conference.

He's serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison.

His appeals lawyers, Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, say they expect Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell will pick a hearing date next April or May.
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« Reply #82 on: May 12, 2013, 11:36:23 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/oj-simpson-due-las-vegas-court-monday/story?id=19160123
O.J. Simpson Due in Las Vegas Court on Monday
May 12, 2013

O.J. Simpson is expected to make the legal equivalent of a hail Mary pass on Monday in a Las Vegas courtroom, asking a judge to grant him a new trial on grounds his former attorney mishandled his case.

The most public glimpse of Nevada inmate No. 1027820 since his conviction will begin on Monday when Simpson arrives in Clark County District Court for the start of his five-day hearing.

Simpson, 65, is serving a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted in 2008 of leading a sports memorabilia heist at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Simpson, who never testified in his 1995 murder trial, often called the "trial of the century," or in the 2008 trial when he was convicted, is expected to take the stand in a final bid for freedom this week.

Much of his testimony is expected to point fingers at his former attorney, Yale Galanter, who Simpson believes fumbled the handling of his case.
In a sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press, Simpson said he told Galanter he planned to confront two sports memorabilia dealers to retrieve personal items he believed had been stolen from him.

"I fully disclosed my plan to Yale Galanter, and he advised me that I was within my legal rights," Simpson wrote, according to the AP. He added that Galanter told him it was acceptable as long as he did not trespass or use physical force.

Simpson also alleged in the statement that Galanter failed to tell him of a plea deal that would have gotten him two years in prison, the AP reported.

"Had I understood that there was an actual chance of conviction, I would have accepted such an offer," Simpson wrote in the statement.

Galanter did not immediately return ABCNews.com's request for an interview.

A hidden audio recorder in the room captured the altercation and was a key piece of evidence used to convict the ex-NFL player.
 

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« Reply #83 on: May 13, 2013, 03:14:01 PM »

Oj has a lot of nerve.
He is lucky that he isn't on death row for the murder of Nicole and Ron.
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« Reply #84 on: May 14, 2013, 10:27:54 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/oj-simpson-free-hand-hearing-notes-drink-water/story?id=19178799
O.J. Simpson Gets One Free Hand to Take Notes, Drink Water
May 14, 2013

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« Reply #85 on: May 14, 2013, 10:32:48 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57584523/co-counsel-o.j-simpson-was-dependent-on-main-attorney/
Co-counsel: O.J. Simpson was dependent on main attorney
May 14, 2013


LAS VEGAS O.J. Simpson became so dependent on his lawyer during his Las Vegas armed robbery trial that the former football star would have done anything Yale Galanter advised — including passing up the chance to testify, his co-counsel testified Tuesday.

"I could advise O.J. all day long, and he was very respectful of me," Gabriel Grasso told a court considering Simpson's bid for a retrial. "But if I advised him of something different from what Yale said, he would do what Yale said."
Under questioning from H. Leon Simon, attorney for the state, Grasso acknowledged the trial judge, Jackie Glass, specifically asked Simpson if he wanted to testify and he said no.

"Mr. Galanter told him, `This is the way it's going to be,"' Grasso said.

He said Simpson's confidence in Galanter was born of the acquittal he gained for the former Hall of Fame football player in a road rage case in Florida five years after his 1995 acquittal on murder charges in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.

Galanter is now the focus of Simpson's motion claiming ineffective assistance of counsel and conflicted interests. He has declined to comment until he takes the stand Friday.

 
Simpson, who will be 70 before he is eligible for parole, has filed a writ of habeas corpus, his last chance under state law to prove that he was wrongly convicted and win a new trial. A federal court appeal is still possible.

Nineteen separate reasons for reversal are being considered in the hearing, which was taking place absent the fanfare that surrounded Simpson's "trial of the century" in Los Angeles and his 2008 trial in Las Vegas. Seats went unfilled in the courtroom gallery.

After his acquittal on the LA murder charges, Simpson was found liable for damages in a civil wrongful death lawsuit and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
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« Reply #86 on: May 15, 2013, 05:17:20 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-oj-simpson-hearing-conviction-20130515,0,1019634.story
O.J. Simpson says he didn't know his Las Vegas cohorts had guns
May 15, 2013

AS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson finally took the stand as the star witness in his bid to receive a new trial on the kidnapping and robbery charges that sent him to prison for up to 33 years.

Gently coached in about 2 1/2 hours of testimony Wednesday morning by one of his attorneys, Patricia Palm, the 65-year-old former football star and Heisman Trophy winner described what happened one night in 2007, when he and five others entered a hotel room at the Palace Station casino and demanded the return of sports memorabilia Simpson insisted had been stolen from him.

Simpson has said he did not know that the men who accompanied him to the Palace Station had guns, and he repeated that assertion Wednesday.

When asked by Palm about what led up to the confrontation at the hotel room, Simpson replied, “There was no talk of guns at all.”

In recounting the incident, he also said, “It obviously didn’t go as I hoped it would.’’

Simpson was convicted in the gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers and sentenced to nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison. He is seeking a new trial, arguing that his attorneys at the time put forth a shoddy defense.
 
At one point in his testimony, he explained comments he made after the hotel room confrontation. The comments were captured on audiotape and suggested he knew there would be legal problems in his future. “What I said was here we go again. I’m gonna need a bail bondsman,” Simpson testified.

Simpson will resume his testimony Wednesday afternoon.
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« Reply #87 on: May 17, 2013, 10:32:48 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585148/o.j-simpsons-ex-lawyer-contradicts-his-testimony-on-guns/
O.J. Simpson's ex-lawyer contradicts his testimony on guns
May 17, 2013

LAS VEGAS O.J. Simpson's former lawyer defended himself point-by-point Friday against allegations he botched the former football star's armed-robbery trial, after giving damaging testimony that Simpson actually knew his buddies had guns when they went to a hotel room together to reclaim some sports memorabilia.

Miami-based attorney Yale Galanter quickly found himself under withering cross-examination from a Simpson lawyer intent on proving that Galanter's word couldn't be trusted — that he knew ahead of time of Simpson's plan and spent more effort covering up his involvement than representing Simpson.

The weeklong hearing concluded late Friday with Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell telling attorneys she will issue her decision in writing. She didn't specify a date.

Simpson was returned to prison custody. His attorneys, Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, said they were optimistic that the judge would grant a new trial.
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« Reply #88 on: June 18, 2013, 08:01:25 PM »

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« Reply #89 on: July 26, 2013, 09:46:43 AM »

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O.J. Simpson awaits Nevada parole decision
July 26, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson should know next week whether his blemish-free record behind bars and contrition for trying to take back sports memorabilia of his glory days will win him favor with the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.
The former NFL star asked for leniency Thursday, expressing regret for his actions and describing himself as a model inmate who earns pennies an hour keeping gym equipment sanitized and umpiring and coaching games in the prison yard.
Parole Commissioner Susan Jackson and hearing representative Robin Bates were to make their confidential recommendation to the full parole board, and a final decision is expected next week. Jackson noted that Simpson has had no disciplinary actions during his incarceration and was deemed a "low risk" to commit repeat offenses.
"I just wish I never went to that room," the 66-year-old Simpson said during a 15-minute appearance.
The graying Simpson, dressed in prison blues, attended the hearing remotely from a video conference room the Lovelock Correction Center. Four out of seven commissioners must support his request. But he won't be looking at possible freedom just yet because he is only eligible for parole on five convictions that were ordered to run concurrently — two counts each of kidnapping and robbery and one count of burglary with a weapon.
Even if the Nevada Parole Board ruled in his favor, he would then begin serving sentences attached to other charges and spend at least another four years in prison. He still has four weapon enhancement sentences to serve, followed by consecutive terms for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Parole from those sentences would be considered at future hearings.
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« Reply #90 on: July 31, 2013, 05:10:30 PM »

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/o-j-simpson-given-parole-8740770.html
O J Simpson given parole
July 31, 2013

O J Simpson has been granted parole on some charges stemming from his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery convictions involving the hold-up of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners approved the former football star's parole request. But the order doesn't mean Simpson will be leaving Lovelock Correctional Centre. He was convicted on multiple charges and faces at least four more years in prison.
 
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« Reply #91 on: November 26, 2013, 09:01:18 PM »

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/24078942/judge-rejects-oj-simpsons-bid-for-new-trial
Judge rejects O.J. Simpson's bid for new trial
November 26, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star's bid for freedom based on the claim that his original lawyer botched his armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas more than five years ago.

"All grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently, are denied," Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell said.

Simpson's lawyer Patricia Palm said she wanted to speak to Simpson before commenting on the decision.

Simpson could appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. If he loses at that level, the 66-year-old Simpson could go to federal courts to argue his constitutional right to effective counsel was violated.

The 101-page ruling came after a Clark County District Court jury found Simpson guilty in 2008 of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in what he maintained was an attempt to retrieve memorabilia and personal items from two sports collectibles dealers in a casino hotel room.

It followed a small victory for Simpson in July, when Nevada parole commissioners granted parole on five concurrent sentences. The parole ruling didn't free Simpson, because he still faces at least four more years for other convictions in the case.

Simpson was handcuffed and jailed following his conviction on Oct. 3, 2008, and sentenced in December 2008 to nine to 33 years in Nevada state prison.


His conviction in Las Vegas came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murder in Los Angeles in the 1994 stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, and almost seven years after a jury in Miami acquitted him of all charges in a Florida road rage case.

Simpson's legal defense in Las Vegas was headed at trial by the same Miami-based attorney, Yale Galanter, who represented him in the 2001 road rage case. Attorney Gabriel Grasso served with Galanter as co-counsel in Simpson's Las Vegas case.

Simpson's attorneys in his plea for freedom are Palm, Ozzie Fumo and Tom Pitaro.

Bell's ruling came on their claim that Simpson received inadequate legal representation during his trial and unsuccessful appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. That appeal was handled by Galanter after Grasso withdrew.

The judge considered a 94-page petition for a new trial and heard five days of testimony in May from 15 witnesses including Simpson, Galanter, Grasso and other lawyers involved in the trial.

Simpson's new legal team later said they believed they presented overwhelming evidence that Galanter knew in advance of Simpson's plan, had conflicted interests that shaped the way he handled Simpson's case, and that as a result Simpson didn't get a fair trial.

Palm, Fumo and Pitaro sought to show that Galanter advised Simpson it was OK to take back his items and should have stepped aside so he could be called as a witness for Simpson's defense.

Instead, they said, Galanter advised Simpson not to testify, failed to hire experts and investigators to help his case while pocketing much of the nearly $700,000 they say he was paid, and reached a pretrial agreement with prosecutors not to enter evidence into the trial record of phone calls that raised questions about whether he had knowledge of the heist.

Finally, Simpson's legal team said that by remaining on the case through the appeal, Galanter nearly precluded Simpson from ever arguing he had ineffective counsel.

Simpson spent an entire day recounting how he now believes Galanter misled him, including telling him it was OK to retrieve family photos and memorabilia he thought had been stolen from him after his acquittal in Los Angeles in 1995.
 

Simpson said he and Galanter talked over dinner in Las Vegas the night before the ill-fated September 2007 hotel room confrontation, and that Galanter advised him that it was his legal right to retrieve personal items as long as no force was used and no one trespassed.

"It was my stuff," Simpson said. "I followed what I thought was the law. My lawyer told me I couldn't break into a guy's room. I didn't break into anybody's room. I didn't try to muscle the guys. The guys had my stuff, even though they claimed they didn't steal it."

During his parole hearing in July, Simpson said he was sorry for his actions and said he had made amends with the two memorabilia dealers who were victimized in the heist.

"I just wish I never went to that room," Simpson said.

Galanter dramatically contradicted Simpson's account two days later. He took the stand and told the judge that he was surprised when Simpson told him that he and several other men were planning a "sting" the next morning to take back mementos.

The attorney denied giving Simpson the go-ahead to try to retrieve the items, which included photos and signed footballs that Simpson believed had been stolen from him.

"I said, 'O.J., you've got to call the police,'" Galanter testified.

Galanter disputed Simpson's claim that he was never informed about plea bargain discussions with prosecutors that could have resulted in a prison sentence of just a few years.

Galanter also testified that Simpson later confided to him that he knew some of the five men with him the night of the robbery had guns.

Simpson maintains to this day that he never asked anyone to bring guns or saw weapons in the cramped hotel room with nine men yelling profanities at each other and scooping up items arrayed on a king-sized bed.

"Mr. Simpson never told me he was going to go to the Palace (Station) hotel with a bunch of thugs, kidnap people and take property by force," Galanter said at one point. "To insinuate I, as his lawyer, would have blessed it is insane."
 

Galanter received more than $500,000 from Simpson for trial representation and another $125,000 to handle his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, according to testimony from other lawyers involved in the case.

But they said Galanter failed to hire an investigator or have experts examine crucial evidence including audio tapes that jurors later said convinced them of Simpson's guilt.
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« Reply #92 on: June 04, 2014, 08:22:58 PM »

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/25697161/oj-files-new-appeal-in-vegas-robbery-conviction
OJ files new appeal in Vegas robbery conviction
June 4, 2014

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's conflict of interest 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.
 
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« Reply #93 on: June 08, 2014, 01:49:59 PM »

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3467149.shtml
Figures in OJ Simpson saga have moved on
June 8, 2014
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INFORMATION RELATED TO THE PAROLE HEARING ON ORENTHAL SIMPSON, NDOC #1027820

The hearing is at 10:00 a.m. today in Nevada.

http://parole.nv.gov/Information/Simpson/Simpson-Hearing/

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