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OJ returns to Las Vegas court in bid for new trial
Courtroom » Simpson due to testify Wednesday about former defense lawyer.


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Simpson also said Galanter never told him a plea deal was on the table.

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Galanter was paid nearly $700,000 for Simpson’s defense but had a personal interest in preventing himself from being identified as a witness to the crimes and misled Simpson so much that the former football star deserves a new trial, lawyers for Simpson claim.

Galanter, who is scheduled to testify Friday, has declined comment before his court appearance.

"To me, the claims are solid. I don’t know how the court can’t grant relief," said Patricia Palm, the Simpson appeals lawyer who produced a 94-page petition dissecting Galanter’s promises, payments and performance in the trial that ended with a jury finding Simpson and a co-defendant guilty of 12 felonies.

Of the 22 allegations of conflict-of-interest and ineffective counsel that Palm raised, Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell has agreed to hear 19.


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It was not clear whether Bell would rule immediately after the hearing.

Simpson maintains his plan was to take back what he expected would be family photos and personal belongings stolen from him after his 1995 "trial of the century" acquittal in the slaying of his wife and her friend in Los Angeles.

Simpson was later found liable for damages in a civil wrongful death lawsuit and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

In the Las Vegas case, Galanter blessed the plan involving family photos and personal belongings as within the law, as long as no one trespassed and no force was used, Simpson said.

The first witness on Monday was Dr. Norman Roitman, a Las Vegas psychiatrist who testified that Simpson’s perception of what took place in the Palace Station hotel room might have been hampered by the effects of stress, lack of sleep and several vodka and cranberry juice cocktails Simpson consumed before the confrontation.

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