Rotting in Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada, 66-year-old O.J. Simpson asked the Nevada Supreme Court through his lawyer Patricia Palm to grant him a new trial for his Oct. 3, 2008 conviction of 12 counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy, netting the Hall of Fame NFL running back from 9-33 years in prison. Viewed as payback for his Oct. 3, 1995 acquittal for the double-homicide of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, legal analysts view Simpson’s new request as a long-shot. Simpson alleges he was incompetently represented by his former attorney Yale Galanter, earning him an overly harsh sentence in the Nevada courts. While never testifying, Simpson claimed through Galanter that he had no knowledge of any weapons used in an attempt to recover what he called stolen sports memorabilia Sept. 13, 2007 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Submitting an extensive 19,993-word brief to Nevada’s High Court, the documents exceeds the 14,000-word limit due to the case’s “complexity,” according to Palm. High Court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer wasn’t certain the court would accept the bulky document, nearly 6,000-words over the court’s limit. Simpson’s prior attempts to appeal the Oct. 3, 2008 conviction were denied by the High Court, finding Galanter’s arguments about an improper trial unfounded. Simpson appealed the Oct. 3, 2008 conviction May 5, 2009, only to be told by the High Court that it upheld the trial court’s ruling Oct. 22, 2009. Simpson’s latest effort hopes to capitalize on the court’s July 31, 2013 grant of parole, despite insisting that Simpson serve at least four more years. Simpson hopes that a new trial would save him four more years in prison before granted parole in 2017
While the High Court disagreed that Simpson was inadequately represented by Galanter in 2008, it’s worth a shot remaking the same arguments. Simpson disagreed with the Clark County prosecutors that he did anything wrong Sept. 13, 2007 when he and a few friends ambushed sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in the Palace Station Hotel room claiming he was simply trying to recover stolen merchandise. Galanter tried to discredit an audio recording with Simpson saying, “get those guys,” placing him squarely in the middle of the armed robbery. Simpson had claimed he knew nothing about anyone possessing guns in the hotel room in an attempt to reclaim his stolen property. Simpson’s new basis for asking the Nevada High Court to grant a new trial blames Galanter for not telling Simpson about the 2-5-year plea deal with the Clark County District Attorney.
No matter how many pages Palm’s brief to the High Court, it’s unlikely any material facts have changed since the Supreme Court rejected Simpson’s last request for a new trial reviewed by a three-judge panel of the High Court Aug. 3, 2009. When the High Court affirmed the lower courts conviction Oct. 22, 2009, Simpson was hauled off the prison to do his time. Simpson’s upset with Galanter stems purely from the outcome, where Simpson finally had to face the justice system. District Court Judge Linda Bell rejected Simpsons’ request for a new trial May 5, 2009, prompting Simpson’s appeal to the Nevada High Court. While Palm hopes to get Simpson another trial, the High Court’s found no substantive grounds for overruling the Oct. 3, 2008 ruling finding Simpson guilty on 12 counts of armed robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping, etc. prompting the court’s harsh sentence.
Should the High Court accept Palm’s 19,993 brief, Palm hopes to show that Galanter incompetently represented Simpson, failing to tell him about the 2-5-year plea deal which Simpson would have accepted. Simpson seeks to appeal the 100-page ruling, detailing the legal grounds for conviction on all charges. Throwing the book at Simpson wasn’t difficult for Judge Linda Bell, whose Oct. 3, 2008 conviction landed Simpson behind bars for up to 33 years. Since Simpson was granted parole July 31, 2013, his new attorney has tried to get his sentence reduced. Faced with another three years behind bars, Simpson hoped that Palm’s request for a new trial would be granted. Palm believes she has plenty of evidence to convince the High Court that Simpson was not given due process with Galanter failing to inform him about his 2-5-year plea deal. First the High Court needs to rule on Palm’s nearly 20,000-word brief.
Since acquitted of double-homicide Oct. 3, 1995, O.J. skated the criminal justice system until Goldman and Brown wrongful death Atty. Daniel Petrocelli won a $33.5 million judgment against Simpson in 1997. Unable to collect much of the judgment, the tabloids followed Simpson around various nightclubs and golf courses in South Florida until he was nabbed Sept. 13, 2007 in Las Vegas in armed robbery. Whatever happened in the Nevada courts to land Simpson 9-33 years, he had little sympathy from the public who thought he finally got his comeuppance. Trying one more maneuver now to get a new trial only adds insult-to-injury over one of the most tragic stories in modern American history. Once a role model, sports and media icon, Simpson lived the American dream until he self-destructed, like many successful folks, in a fit of rage, only to find his success vaporize.