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OJ Simpson Denied Retrial For 2007 Las Vegas Holdup

| by Allison Geller

OJ Simpson, currently serving time for a 2008 conviction of armed robbery and kidnapping, was denied a bid for a new trial.

Notorious for the 1995 acquittal of Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend, Simpson didn’t escape prison the second time around, when and five other men attempted to seize memorabilia from two sports-collectors dealers in the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Simpson claimed the footballs and photos had been stolen from him.

The robbery was caught on tape by security cameras.

Simpson, now 66, claimed that his lawyer had poorly defended him when he was tried for the September 2007 incident. He is now serving a sentence between nine and 33 years.

In his retrial bid, the former NFL star said that his lawyer, Yale Galanter, gave him bad legal advice and didn’t represent him effectively.

Clark County, Nev. judge Linda Marie Beljudge ruled that "all grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently, are denied.”

"Given the overwhelming amount of evidence, neither the errors in this case, nor the errors collectively, cause this court to question the validity of Mr. Simpson's conviction," she added.

While representing Simpson, Galanter shared with the court that Simpson knew that his accomplices had guns when they went into the casino.

"As OJ's lawyer and confidante, it was gut-wrenching for me to have to be in a position to defend my strategy and efforts on his behalf as his lawyer and testify against my client,'' Galanter told The Associated Press.

Simpson admitted he had been drinking heavily before the incident.

While Simpson was granted parole for "positive institutional conduct, participation in programs, lack of prior conviction history,” he had to serve another twelve months for using a weapon during the robbery and kidnapping, as well as back-to-back sentences that will total at least four more years for assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpson could now file an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court. If he loses, his last hope would be federal court, where he could argue that his constitutional right to effective counsel had been violated.

Sources: BBC, ABC News, New York Post