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O.J. Simpson’s Lawyers File Appeal for Armed Robbery Case
The lawyers for O.J. Simpson submitted an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court this week. The appeal asks that the former NFL player be released from prison and given a new trial regarding his armed robbery case from 2007 in Las Vegas, according to The Associated Press.
The deadline to file the appeal was midnight Wednesday, which the lawyers met. The lawyers submitted a request to review the claim made by Simpson that his 2008 trial in Las Vegas was tainted. This claim was made due to Simpson’s fame and notoriety after the 1995 acquittal in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
The court set a limit on the length of the document, which was to be 14,000 words. The lawyers submitted a document totaling 19,993 words, good for 43 percent larger than the limit.
The seven justices on the court will decide whether or not the appeal will be filed for consideration. The document has not been made public and the court has not decided if it will hear arguments regarding the appeal.
Simpson is currently serving nine to 33 years in prison after being found guilty of leading armed men in a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers at a casino hotel in Las Vegas back in September of 2007. In the case, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. He will not be eligible for parole until 2017.
The appeal filed this week comes from arguments tossed by Judge Linda Marie Bell last year. Those arguments were that the trial attorney for Simpson botched the trial and Simpson’s first appeal to the Supreme Court in Nevada.
Patricia Palm, the attorney for Simpson, said that the appeal too so long because she and other attorneys Ozzie Fumo and Tom Pitaro were responding to the ruling of the judge on November 26. The ruling totaled more than 100 pages.
Five days of hearings took place in Las Vegas, which is what the judge based her decision on at the time. The hearing was about a 94-page petition filed by Palm in May of 2012. Palm was asking for a new trial on 22 grounds.
According to the judge, who reviewed the record of the court, Simpson planned the armed kidnapping and the robbery of the memorabilia dealers and the evidence was overwhelming.
Judge Bell claimed that the current lawyers for Simpson were not able to show how the actions of his former lawyer caused a change in the outcome of the case.O.J. Simpson's Lawyers File Appeal for Armed Robbery Case by Jim Vassallo