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By Emily Files
O.J. Simpson hoped for a new trial this week, five years after being sentenced to 33 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping in a Las Vegas hotel room.
He headed to a courtroom with his attorneys on Monday where they told a judge that Simpson did not receive proper legal representation in his 2008 trial.
Simpson, 65, has filed 19 claims of ineffective counsel and attorney conflict of interest in his previous trial. He accuses his lawyer, Yale Galanter, of conflict of interest because of his business interactions with Simpson, and failing to create an effective defense in his trial. He also said Galanter prevented him from testifying in his own defense and didn’t tell him about a plea bargain offered by prosecutors.
One of his current lawyers, Patricia Palm, says Simpson would have taken a plea deal of two to five years if he had known about it. Instead, he was sentenced to nine to 33 years.
“We want the judge to take a fresh look on this,” Palm said.
The proceedings for the writ of habeas corpus hearing began Monday with statements from Simpson’s attorneys. Simpson will testify later in the week. It will only take one of the claims for Simpson to get a retrial, but Galanter has not responded to the accusations.
In 1995, the former football hero was acquitted on murder charges in the death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.