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Judge Agrees to Reopen OJ Case

Simpson's new lawyer: old lawyer did a bad job
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2012 3:37 PM CDT
Judge Agrees to Reopen OJ Case
O.J. Simpson speaks during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, Pool)

(Newser) – OJ Simpson's robbery-and-kidnapping case isn't quite over after all, Radar reports. Now serving 9 to 33 years in a Nevada prison, the ex-football star has himself a new lawyer who persuaded a judge to reopen the case. Their argument: Simpson's former lawyer, Yale Galanter, was paid over $525,000 for defending Simpson in the 2008 trial but spent just $5,000 on a local attorney to represent Simpson in court.

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"Galanter was motivated by his own interests, which caused him to materially limit Simpson’s legal representation," according to the appeal. Palm also claims that Galanter told Simpson not to take the stand, said nothing when prosecutors offered him a deal, and knew in advance of Simpson's plan to rob sports memorabilia from dealers. Who knows, Simpson might even testify for the first time in the new hearing. (Read more OJ Simpson stories.)

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