OJ Simpson Appeal: Ex-NFL Star Submits 20K-Word Plea for New Trial

Image: OJ Simpson Appeal: Ex-NFL Star Submits 20K-Word Plea for New Trial These black and white file photos show former Buffalo Bills great and Hall of Famer OJ Simpson on the bench and in a September 16, 2007 photo being escorted by members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Friday, 23 May 2014 07:34 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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O.J. Simpson, the former NFL player acquitted of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman, has submitted a nearly 20,000-word appeal to his 2008 conviction in Las Vegas for kidnapping and armed robbery.

Simpson, 66, is currently serving nine to 33 years at Lovelock Correctional Center northeast of Reno after he and a group of armed men got in a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at Las Vegas casino hotel, according to The Associated Press.

Simpson claimed he was simply trying to get items back from the dealers he thought were stolen from him, and was unaware the men accompanying him had guns.

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The case comes after his infamous murder acquittal, and a 1997 wrongful death civil suit filed by the family of Ron Goldman, which put Simpson on the hook for $33.5 million.

His newest appeal in the 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery case asks the court to review the ruling of his first appeal, in which he argued that he didn't get a fair trial because of the notoriety surrounding the 1994 murder case.

Appeals are normally posted for public review on the State Supreme Court's website, however because his appeal was well over the 14,000-word limit the court set, it is now in the hands of seven justices to accept or deny for filing.

Simpson's attorney Patricia Palm said the appeal ran long because it included a response to a judge's ruling from November that totaled 101 pages. She said the court often accepts oversize filings in complex cases.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell rejected Simpson's first appeal after five days of hearings, ruling that the evidence of the crime's pre-meditation was abundant, and there was no evidence that his representation in the trial was insufficient.

"All grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently are denied," Bell said in the decision, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Simpson is eligible for parole in late 2017.

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