O.J. Simpson Testifies in His Appeal Today
LAS VEGAS (CN) - O.J. Simpson is scheduled to take the stand today in his bid to get his 2008 robbery and kidnapping convictions thrown out on grounds that he was misrepresented by his attorney, Yale Galanter.
Simpson, 65, graying and heavier, is serving a 9- to 33-year prison sentence for robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Palace Station hotel room on Sept. 13, 2007. The football hall of famer claimed he was just trying to recover his own property. Simpson is expected to testify today (Wednesday) that Galanter wrongfully told him that he was within his legal rights to retrieve his belongings so long as he didn't use physical force.
Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger testified Tuesday that he never offered Simpson a plea bargain, but said the possibility was twice discussed with Galanter, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Galanter is expected to testify Friday.
On Tuesday, Galanter's co-counsel, Gabriel Grasso, and Leroy "Skip" Taft, Simpson's personal and business attorney, testified that Galanter kept all the money intended for Simpson's defense and that Grasso was not paid his promised $250,000 for representing Simpson.
Grasso has sued Galanter in Federal Court, claiming he wasn't paid the $250,000.
Simpson won a minor victory Tuesday when the judge agreed to allow his right hand to remain unshackled so he could take notes and drink water. The rest of his body was chained to a chair.