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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

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 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

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.

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