Wednesday, May 15, 2013
OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial
LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than four years after the world last heard from O.J. Simpson in court, one of the nation’s most famous prisoners spoke again Wednesday in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.
Simpson took the stand to testify about his legal representation by attorney Yale Galanter in the case involving a strange hotel room confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers that led to a conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Under questioning by his co-counsel, Patricia Palm, Simpson discussed his background with Galanter and the hotel incident.
“Yale had a good relationship with the media,” Simpson said.
“I was in the media a lot. He was able to refute many of the tabloid stories,” Simpson said with a laugh. “He sort of liked doing it; he told me he did.”
The 65-year-old former football star and actor, now with short graying hair, receding hairline and dressed in drab prison uniform, spoke clearly and confidently as he recounted events leading up to the confrontation in a hotel room where the dealers had Simpson footballs and family photos.
During the trial, two co-defendants who took plea deals and testified for the prosecution, said they had guns. Simpson, however, was adamant Wednesday that he never asked anyone to bring weapons.
“There was no talk of guns at all,” he told Palm.
Simpson’s voice cracked a bit as he recounted recognizing items on the hotel room bed, including framed photos that used to hang on the wall of his Los Angeles home.
Simpson told his attorney he believed he was allowed to take the items.
In 2008, Simpson was near tears as he told a judge: “I didn’t mean to steal anything from anybody. ... I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all of it.”