Former NFL star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson is seeking a new trial. The former NFL star is claiming that his former lawyer, Yale Galanter, gave him bad advice and had “conflicted interest” while he represented the star in the Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in 2008.
Simpson, who was sentenced to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 behind bars, wants this sentence to be reversed claiming the real “bad guy” in the story is Galanter, whom the star said, seek only to gain publicity and a profit.
The hearings to attempt to win a new trial in his robbery and kidnapping case began on Monday in Nevada. Galanter’s former friend and co-counsel, Gabriel Grasso, took the stand again on Tuesday to provide what could be key evidence for Simpson’s legal team.
During this testimony on Monday, Grasso testified that his former friend “refused to pay for experts to analyze crucial audio recording that helped convict Simpson”, and that they made an agreement to split $750,000 in legal fees from representing Simpson, but Galanter kept the money himself..
Adding also that Galanter blocked the NFL star from testifying in the trial back in 2008, despite Grasso’s advice that Simpson’s testimony would be his “best chance at acquittal”.
Galanter is expected to take the witness stand on Friday. Simpson is scheduled to testify for the first time in the case on Wednesday.
The 65-year-old Simpson has spent the last four years in prison for leading five men in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.