Bad news for O.J. Simpson — New trial rejected

Posted Nov 27, 2013 by Scott Tuttle
O.J. Simpson's pending hope for an early release on the grounds of poor legal council was struck down Tuesday by a Las Vegas judge.
In this photo  O.J. Simpson appears during court.
In this photo, O.J. Simpson appears during court.
"All grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently, are denied," said Clark County Judge Linda Bell.
The former all-star running back is currently serving a nine to 33-year sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery in 2007. Last summer, Simpson's attorney Patricia Palm filed a bid for a new trial on the grounds that the attorney representing him for the previous trial leading to his 2008 conviction, Yale Galanter, provided him with poor legal advice.
According to Simpson's testimony, the goods stolen were his personal property. Thus, he was reclaiming them rather than stealing them.
In his own defense last May, Galanter denied Simpson's claim that he told the 66-year-old ex-footballer that he could legally take his personal property back. Furthermore, Galanter testified that O.J. was well aware that his companions in the heist were armed prior to the operation.
Simpson also claimed that Galanter failed to inform him of plea deals discussed with the prosecution, which he may have potentially considered. Galanter also denies this claim, arguing that Simpson was well aware of any and all potential plea bargains.
According to Judge Bell, "Mr. Simpson specifically asked two of his co-conspirators to bring weapons ... to show the sellers he meant business," and the two men who had the memorabilia in their possession were "lured into a small hotel room" where Simpson and his accomplices were waiting.
According to Ozzie Fumo, the co-counsel to Simpson's current lawyer Patricia Palm, they will appeal this case to the Nevada Supreme Court. If the appeal fails, they might take it to the federal courts to argue for Simpson's constitutional rights, referring to one's right to effective counsel.
Simpson's 2008 conviction came 13 years after his acquittal in perhaps the most famous murder trial in modern history, in which he was accused of stabbing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman to death outside of Brown's home in 1994.
Simpson had also went to court in 2001 on a road rage charge in Florida in which he was also acquitted by a jury. Yale Galanter served as Simpson's defense, winning him the 2001 acquittal.