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O.J. Simpson, imprisoned ex-NFL great, seeks new trial in Las Vegas armed robbery conviction

In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.
Pool,AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File
In this Dec. 5, 2008 photo, O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter, appear during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.
Pool, File, AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

(CBS/AP) LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson will return to Las Vegas next week to ask a judge for a new trial after being convicted of leading an armed sports memorabilia heist in 2008.

Simpson will take the witness stand to testify that the Florida lawyer who collected nearly $700,000 is to blame for his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in 2008 and his failed appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2010.

Simpson's testimony in open court will offer a first look at the aging 65-year-old former football star since he was handcuffed and sent away to prison more than four years ago.

Simpson didn't testify at his Las Vegas trial or in the historic case that ended in his 1995 acquittal in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles.

The former NFL great will be dressed in blue Nevada Department of Corrections clothing - grayer, heavier and limping a little more from long-ago knee injuries, friends say. He is now Nevada inmate No. 1027820, a far cry from his playing days when Simpson wore jersey No. 32, won the Heisman Trophy, earned the nickname "The Juice" in the NFL and gained induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Simpson is scheduled to be in Clark County District Court beginning Monday for the entire five-day hearing. He could testify Wednesday before a judge who has agreed to hear 19 separate points, mostly claiming that lawyer Yale Galanter provided such poor representation that Simpson deserves a new trial.

Simpson is serving a nine-to-33-year sentence that makes him first eligible for parole at age 70.

If he wins a new trial, prosecutors would have to decide whether to retry him for an incident that happened in September 2007 or offer a plea deal sparing the time and expense of another trial.

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