5 Things to Know about OJ Simpson’s court date
LAS VEGAS (AP) — WHY IS O.J. SIMPSON IN COURT?
65-year-old former football star is serving nine to 33 years in a
Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty in 2008 of leading the
gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel
room. Simpson wants a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer from
Miami, Yale Galanter, failed to disclose that he knew about the plan in
advance, told Simpson it was legal and provided bad advice at trial.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
proceeding, called a writ of habeas corpus, is not trial. Clark County
District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell plans to hear five days of
testimony beginning Monday on 19 separate claims of ineffective
representation of counsel and conflict of interest. Simpson has to prove
his lawyers botched his trial and the outcome could have been
different. Bell may not make an immediate decision Friday.
WHAT ABOUT SIMPSON'S EARLIER APPEALS?
Nevada Supreme Court denied Simpson's appeal in 2010. Simpson now
maintains that by Galanter handling his appeal and oral arguments, the
lawyer blocked Simpson from claiming Galanter had conflicted interests.
WILL SIMPSON TESTIFY?
is expected to testify Wednesday. Simpson didn't even take the stand
during his infamous 1995 murder trial in Los Angeles. It would be his
first public account of the Las Vegas caper that led to his arrest. He
still maintains he didn't know that two of the five men with him that
night at the Palace Station hotel brought guns.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHERS?
co-defendants pleaded guilty to felonies, testified for the prosecution
and got off with probation. Clarence “C.J.” Stewart was convicted with
Simpson and served more than two years in prison before the Nevada
Supreme Court ruled that Simpson's fame tainted Stewart's conviction.
Stewart was granted a new trial but avoided retrial by pleading guilty
to two felonies and was freed. He's now living in Louisiana.