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Will OJ Simpson Have the Retrial of The Century?

Submitted by on May 24, 2013 – 4:28 pm2 Comments

The last time we all saw the legendary-turned-infamous Orenthal James Simpson, he was heading to prison for 33 years, having been found guilty of forcefully taking back memorabilia items which were rightfully his or as I like to call it, double jeopardy.

The “If I Did It” author is back in court these days, and not for parole or new charges. He’s requesting a new trial. The grounds for OJ’s request are that his lawyer should have removed himself from the case because he had a personal interest in keeping himself from being identified as a witness to the crime OJ was on trial for.

Turns out OJ’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, knew about the plan to get OJ’s stuff back. OJ had actually met with Galanter ahead of time to discuss the plan, most likely to talk through the legal issues and receive advice about what he could legally do and what he could not. Apparently, he had said that everything was a go as long as force wasn’t used.

We all know how that turned out.

Another member of OJ’s legal team believed that he should take the stand in his own defense, which Galanter vehemently disapproved of. Had OJ taken the stand, he might have indicated that he had gone to get legal advice before going to the hotel room to get back his memorabilia, which he believed included family photos.

“He consistently told me the state could not prove its case because I acted within my rights in retaking my own property.” – OJ Simpson’s official statement

Many in the legal community believe he has a legitimate gripe, including famed attorney John Momot.

“I don’t think O.J. Simpson could ever get a fair trial, period, based on his reputation from California. But based on these allegations, if you took Joe Jones from the street and put him in the same situation, I think it would be possible he’d get a new trial.”

The saga continues.

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