O.J. Simpson Seeks New Trial in Armed Heist Case

11:46 AM PST 05/13/2013 by Seth Abramovitch
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Simpson as he appeared in court on Monday.

Serving nine to 33 years for stealing sports memorabilia at gunpoint, the former football star now says his lawyer at the time was an accomplice to the crime.

O.J. Simpson stood before a judge once again Monday, asking for a new trial in the bizarre case that sent him to jail five years ago.

The 65-year-old former football star hopes to convince the court that Yale Galanter -- the attorney who defended him after he planned and executed an armed heist of Simpson-themed memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room in 2008 -- had misled his client because he was an accomplice to the crime.

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A 94-page petition presented by Patricia Palm, Simpson's new lawyer, alleges 22 counts of conflict-of-interest and ineffective counsel on the part of Galanter. The judge agreed to hear 19 of them over the course of the five-day proceeding.

Galanter is scheduled to testify Friday and has declined comment before then. Simpson will testify Wednesday.

Found not guilty in 1995 of the sensational double-murder case dubbed the "trial of the century," Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison for the Las Vegas heist.

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