O.J. Simpson appears in Las Vegas court
OJ Simpson is back in a Las Vegas courtPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Sixty-five-year-old O.J. Simpson is back in Las Vegas and back in court for a post-conviction hearing.
He's been serving time in prison after a 2008 conviction in connection to a bizarre sports memorabilia heist at Las Vegas' Palace Station hotel and casino.
He is currently serving a nine- to 33-year prison term.
Simpson is asking for a retrial, claiming former attorney Yale Galanter mishandled the case. He believes Galanter knew about his plan to get back those items he maintains were stolen and that Galanter gave Simpsons' plan the green light.
Local defense attorney Al Lasso has never worked directly on any court proceedings involving Simpson, but will be following this week's hearing closely.
"There's going to be information that's going to come out that none of the public has been privy to."
Lasso says that though a series of witnesses, Simpson will first have to prove Galanter was ineffective. "If he proves that, he'll then have to show that because of that, the jury came back with the decision they did," he adds.
Assuming Simpson is able to do that, the judge can overturn the previous conviction and call for a new trial, but that probably won't be easy. "It's an extremely difficult burden to overcome and it will be extremely unlikely that's he's going to prevail but you never know.Things do come out of these hearing that we've never heard of," says Lasso.
Should the judge not side with Simpson, this hearing isn't his last shot. The supreme court is still an option.
Simpson is expected to testify on Wednesday.