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New lawyer says O.J. Simpson got a raw deal in 2008 Nevada conviction

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O.J. Simpson received shoddy representation before he was put away and deserves another trial: That’s what a new lawyer for the disgraced football star will attempt to convince a judge of in a Nevada district court next month, according to the Associated Press.

In a 94-page document filed today in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, the new attorney, Patricia Palm of Las Vegas, faults trial strategy and performance of old attorneys Yale Galanter and Gabriel Grasso, but maintains Simpson’s same basic defense -- that he wanted to confront sports memorabilia dealers to recover family photos and personal mementoes, and that he didn’t know the men he took along with him had guns.

Few people seem to remember clearly what the whole thing was about that put Simpson behind bars, as it pales in comparison to the sensational trial in which he was acquitted.

That includes the defendant himself: Simpson, now 64, was simply too drunk to know what was going on when he got into that mess in 2007, Palm says.

“To this day, Simpson does not know whether there were actually guns pulled or displayed in the room” during the encounter at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to the filing.

He was convicted the following year of charges including kidnapping and armed robbery in the caper involving five cohorts, the two memorabilia dealers and a middleman who arranged the meeting. He is currently serving 9 to 33 years in a Nevada prison.

In 2010 the Nevada Supreme Court refused to overturn the convictions. Today’s filing is part of a common next-step appeals strategy to blame trial and initial appeals lawyers for a defendant’s conviction.

Palm is due to argue the case July 3 before Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney in Las Vegas.

-- Associated Press and staff reports.

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