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O.J. Simpson heads back to court

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LAS VEGAS (KNOE 8 News) - O.J. Simpson is scheduled to ask a judge for a new trial today.

 The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Simpson 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.


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