LAS VEGAS —
For two consecutive days, the fallen Hall of Fame running back and
Defense lawyers argued that he was merely trying to recover property that was rightfully his. Simpson has said he didn't know that the five men who accompanied him to the Palace Station hotel had guns. But he was convicted in the gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers.
Simpson, now 65, hopes that Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell will void his convictions and grant him a second chance in court. The hearing is expected to last a week.
Simpson's lawyers say the former NFL star's attorney in the first trial, Miami-based Yale Galanter, offered shoddy legal counsel that led to the conviction. Sentenced to nine to 33 years behind bars, Simpson will be 70 before he is eligible for parole.
Simpson lawyer Ozzie Fumo said in court Tuesday that his client would probably be the first witness when the proceedings resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday.