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Nevada Supreme Court Hears OJ Simpson Appeal

By Kamika Dunlap on June 14, 2010 1:45 PM

O.J. Simpson is looking to get his conviction from a 2007 hotel room heist overturned as his lawyers gave arguments before the Nevada Supreme Court.

His defense team argued that O.J. Simpson's conviction for a robbery and kidnapping was flawed because of procedural errors in his 2008 trial, the Associated Press reports. 

His attorneys claim that black jurors were excluded and that the judge let in references to his notorious past.

The defense team is seeking to reverse his conviction on 12 counts of armed robbery and other related offenses in connection with a Las Vegas hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia.

Currently, O.J. Simpson, 62, is serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada state prison.

Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, said that the football star's conviction was essentially prejudicial "payback" for Simpson's 1994 double-murder acquittal.

In addition, Galanter pointed out that the reason given for striking the two African Americans from his jury pool "... was that they could empathize or sympathize with the defense."

In his 1995 Los Angeles trial, Simpson was famously cleared of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

As previously discussed, a lawsuit over the tan Armani suit O.J. Simpson wore in 1995 on day he was acquitted of murder has ended. The O.J. Simpson trial "acquittal suit" will now be on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Mike Gilbert, Simpson's former manager and Fred Goldman, the father of Ron Goldman, who Simpson was charged with killing in 1994, have been involved in 13-year legal battle until a California judge ruled that Simpson's "acquittal suit" could be donated to a museum.

Clarence Stewart, a former Simpson golfing buddy from North Las Vegas, is also serving 7 1/2 to 27 years at High Desert State Prison northwest of Las Vegas for his involvement in the hotel room heist.

Simpson and Stewart were convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy and other crimes.

A ruling from the Nevada Supreme court is expected later this year on Simpson's appeal.

 

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