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OJ Simpson robbery, kidnapping trial reopened by judge

October 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A judge has agreed to reopen the robbery and kidnapping case against OJ Simpson.

It was four years ago Simpson heard the words that sent to him to a Nevada prison. He received the maximum 33 years and filed an appeal. Now a Nevada judge is willing to reopen the case.

Simpson claims he was never advised of a plea deal that could have put him behind bars for as little as two years. He also says his attorney, Yale Galanter, had financial and business interests that posed a conflict.

In 2007, Simpson and a group of men stormed a Las Vegas hotel room and confronted two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint. The former football star said he wanted to retrieve items he claimed were stolen after his 1995 acquittal in the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. But the court rule it was kidnapping and robbery.

"I wasn't there to hurt anybody I just wanted my personal things. And I realize I was stupid," he said.

In the appeal, Simpson says he told Galanter in advance about the plan and says his attorney told him it was legal, as long as no one trespassed or used force. Simpson also says he wanted to testify at his trial, but Galanter advised him not to take the stand.

Simpson was not in court for Friday's developments. Galanter, meantime, has not commented on the claims made in the appeal.


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