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O.J. Simpson murder trial evidence has been unveiled after 20 years.
AP court reporter Linda Deutsch got an up-close look at the infamous gloves and other evidence in the O.J. Simpson murder trial that riveted the US twenty years ago.
The leather gloves were the Rosetta stone of the Simpson murder trial. One was discovered at each of the two crime scenes. Of all the physical evidence that had been gathered and catalogued that day, the gloves were, perhaps, the most tangible.
O.J. Simpson murder trial evidence has been unveiled after 20 years
They were unique articles of apparel and the prosecution had linked together an imposing evidence chain connecting them to the defendant.
The gloves were dark brown leather, cashmere lined, size extra large. Manufactured by Aris Gloves, a subsidiary of Consolidated Food Corporation, the Isotoner Lights brand, style number 70263, were part of a small batch of only 300 pairs that had been sold exclusively by Bloomingdale’s Department Store on 3rd Avenue in New York between 1989 and 1992. The store sold 240 pairs and returned the rest to the manufacturer. On December 20th, 1990, Nicole Brown Simpson had purchased two pairs of these gloves for $110. The gloves had a distinctive stitching and V pattern in the palm and were very identifiable. The prosecution assembled press photographs and videotapes of O.J. Simpson wearing this type of leather gloves during football game telecasts in 1993 and 1994.
On April 3 1995, the prosecution produced evidence that the glove found behind the bungalow on O.J. Simpson’s Rockingham estate had a mixture of blood from Nicole Brown Simpson, Ronald Lyle Goldman and Simpson.
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O.J. Simpson’s attorneys resubmitted an appeal seeking a new trial at Nevada Supreme Court on grounds that the imprisoned former football star was misled by his lawyer and didn’t get a fair trial in his Las Vegas kidnapping and armed robbery case.
The 102-page document asks the seven justices to reconsider whether O.J. Simpson’s lead attorney at the time, Yale Galanter, had advance knowledge of the ill-fated September 2007 confrontation involving Simpson, several other men and two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel.
Evidence at trial “tended to indicate that Yale Galanter was involved in the alleged conspiracy,” current O.J. Simpson lawyers Patricia Palm, Ozzie Fumo and Tom Pitaro say in the appeal.
“Galanter’s personal interest in hiding his pre-incident involvement is sufficiently substantial to indicate the existence of an actual conflict.”
O.J. Simpson is serving nine to 33 years at a Nevada state prison in Lovelock in the Las Vegas robbery case (photo Las Vegas Review Journal)
Patricia Palm declined additional comment about the appeal, which was initially stalled by size and formatting issues after she submitted it May 21. Since last week, Patricia Palm double-spaced the document according to Chief Justice Mark Gibbon’s instructions and re-filed it.
The justices haven’t decided if they will hold hearings on O.J. Simpson’s latest appeal and didn’t immediately set a date for a decision, court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer said. The court is Nevada’s only appellate bench and cases can take months or longer to decide.
The high court in September 2010 rejected a previous appeal by Yale Galanter on behalf of O.J. Simpson.
The new effort alleges that Yale Galanter had a conflict of interest that skewed his representation of O.J. Simpson in a trial also tainted by the sports, television and movie star’s notoriety stemming from his acquittal in the June 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.
The 20th anniversary of the slayings is next week.
O.J. Simpson, now 66, is serving nine to 33 years at a Nevada state prison in Lovelock in the Las Vegas robbery case. He’s not eligible for parole until late 2017.
Yale Galanter on Wednesday defended his performance on Simpson’s behalf.
The Miami-based lawyer pointed to Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell’s ruling in November – after five days of hearings last May and several months reviewing the case record – that O.J. Simpson failed to demonstrate how Yale Galanter’s actions led to Simpson’s conviction.
Linda Marie Bell denied O.J. Simpson’s request for release and a new trial. She said also that evidence was overwhelming that O.J. Simpson orchestrated the September 2007 armed kidnapping and robbery at the Palace Station hotel.
“Judge Bell saw through his and his lawyers’ charade and kicked him to the curb,” Yale Galanter said.
O.J. Simpson continues to say he was trying to retrieve items that had been stolen from him after a 1997 civil case put him on the hook for a $33.5 million wrongful-death judgment.
He testified last year that he thought he had a right to get his belongings back, and that he never knew any of the men with him were carrying guns.
O.J. Simpson didn’t testify at trial in Las Vegas. He the judge that Yale Galanter advised him not to.
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OJ Simpson has been caught stealing cookies from the cafeteria of the Nevada prison where he’s been sentenced to spend more than three decades for armed robbery.
A prison report said guards noticed OJ Simpson leaving the cafeteria with something hidden underneath his clothes, and when they checked it out found more than a dozen oatmeal cookies.
“Everyone thought he had smuggled in a cell phone or some other kind of contraband, so when the guard started pulling cookies out of O.J.’s shirt, the other inmates started laughing so hard they nearly fell over,” a source told the National Enquirer.
OJ Simpson has been caught stealing cookies from the cafeteria of the Nevada prison where he’s been sentenced to spend more than three decades for armed robbery
“OJ just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor.”
OJ Simpson is a severe diabetic, and doctors say he could be dead in months if he doesn’t tighten down his eating habits. The former NFL player turned actor has reportedly ballooned to more than 300 pounds and suffers high blood pressure.
A source close to OJ Simpson says getting his health in order may not be as easy as it seems. He has been trying to diet, but food is one of his only enjoyments in prison.
OJ Simpson may have a chance to turn his life around if he can keep his health in check long enough. This summer he won an appeal to gain parole on some of his charges, though he is likely to remain in prison for at least four more years.
OJ Simpson was able to avoid punishment for his cookie-stealing incident as the guard who caught him took the stolen cookies away and let him go with a warning.
New reports claim that OJ Simpson has only three months to live as a result of his extreme case of diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle behind bars.
The combination of high blood pressure, a vastly expanding waistline and a lack of physical activity as he serves a 33-year prison sentence have doctors concerned about his health.
The first warning flags were raised when OJ Simpson appeared at a hearing in May when the former running-back looked much heavier than he ever had before.
Now The National Enquirer claims that he weighs 300 pounds and prison doctors have encouraged him to exercise and eat more healthfully to combat the high blood pressure and diabetes.
Instead, OJ Simpson is listlessly passing the days by laying in bed in his prison cell and only getting up to get sugar-filled snacks.
“OJ’s doctors have told him he could be dead in as little as three months because of his out-of-control blood sugar and blood pressure,” an unidentified prison friend told The Enquirer.
“But OJ doesn’t care. He knows he’s never going to get out of prison, so he refuses to take care of himself.”
The combination of high blood pressure, a vastly expanding waistline and a lack of physical activity as he serves a 33-year prison sentence have doctors concerned about OJ Simpson’s health
The 33-years OJ Simpson faces following a 2008 robbery are not helping motivate Simpson, as he is now making plans for his death.
He allegedly confessed to murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994 and told a prison friend that he will write a confession letter that will be sent- and then publicly shared- after he dies.
OJ Simpson’s lawyer, Ozzie Fumo, countered this claim, saying that in his months of interactions with Simpson he has “never once disparaged the Goldmans”.
“In his mind, they’re creditors along with his children Sydney and Justin,” Ozzie Fumo said.
The friends cited by The Enquirer said the double slaying came in a moment of rage that he regrets to this day because he still loves Nicole Brown.
OJ Simpson also reportedly tasked his few close friends with finding ways to hide his remaining $2 million in off-shore accounts so that his son and daughter can access it after his death.
In doing so, OJ Simpson would be in direct violation with the 1997 court ruling that said he owes Ron Goldman’s relatives $21 million after he was found at fault in a wrongful death civil suit.
He has become even more withdrawn and oddly behaved – reportedly singing The Wizard of Oz’s If I Only Had a Brain to himself – since the retrial hearing in May.
“He ignores people when they talk to him and often wanders around in a glassy-eyed trance. His family is being supportive but he’s not paying attention to them either,” one of OJ Simpson’s friends told The Enquirer.
OJ Simpson is asking a Nevada judge to grant him a new trial in the 2008 armed robbery case that left him serving a 33-year prison sentence.
In his long-shot appeal, football legend OJ Simpson argues his defense lawyer was ineffective.
OJ Simpson was convicted of the robbery of what he said were stolen articles of personal memorabilia.
Separately, OJ Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his former wife and her friend in Los Angeles in 1995.
The former NFL running back is expected to testify during the five-day hearing, which begins on Monday. The former defense lawyer, Yale Galanter, declined to comment ahead of his scheduled testimony.
In 2007, OJ Simpson and five other men confronted sport memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
OJ Simpson appeared in court noticeably greyer and heavier than he did in his last public appearances
During the incident, two of OJ Simpson’s alleged co-conspirators carried guns.
OJ Simpson says Yale Galanter was ineffective at the subsequent trial because he had an personal interest in keeping private his own advice to Simpson.
Yale Galanter, according to OJ Simpson, had repeatedly assured him that he could take back items related to his sporting career – items Simpson believed had been stolen – as long as no one trespassed and no force was used.
The defense lawyer continued to conceal he was a witness to the crime, including during an appeal to a state court in 2010, Simpson says.
In a sworn statement outlining his planned testimony, OJ Simpson says Yale Galanter “vigorously discouraged” him from testifying and never told him that prosecutors were willing to let him plead guilty to charges that would have brought a two-year minimum prison term.
“He consistently told me the state could not prove its case because I acted within my rights in retaking my own property,” OJ Simpson said.
Dr. Norman Roitman, a Las Vegas psychiatrist, is expected to testify on Monday that OJ Simpson’s perception of what took place at the hotel room might have been muddled by football brain injuries as well as the effects of several vodka and cranberry juice cocktails.
Also expected to testify is former co-counsel Gabriel Grasso and another psychiatrist called by lawyers representing the government.
Appeals for a new trial because of ineffective counsel are seldom granted, but OJ Simpson’s history as a murder defendant in a widely-televised 1995 trial could affect the outcome, analysts say.