O.J. Simpson’s legal team is trying once again to get their client off the hook for his conviction in a 2007 armed-robbery and kidnapping case. According to the Associated Press via ESPN, the team seemingly is throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this one in their latest attempt.
The newest appeal seeking O.J. Simpson’s release and a new trial was submitted Wednesday and it is clear his lawyers had a lot to say. Though there is a limit of 14,000 words in these documents, it seems this appeal totals a whopping 19,993 words. It has not been made public at this point, and the court has not yet decided whether they will hear oral arguments on the case.
The former NFL icon is currently in the midst of a 33-year sentence in a Nevada prison. The conviction stems from a 2007 Las Vegas incident where he was said to have confronted sports memorabilia dealers in a hotel room, alleging that they had items of his that should be given back. O.J. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, in addition to other charges, in the incident. Under his current sentence he has to wait until 2017 to be eligible for parole.
This current appeal is hardly the first attempt made by Simpson’s team to get him released. O.J. and his team were just in court last November for several days for hearings on another petition. The judge felt that Simpson’s current team failed to show how his former attorney’s failed him.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the new O.J. Simpson appeal claims that the kidnapping and armed robbery trial was brought forth because of his notoriety from the death and subsequent murder trial regarding his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The claims the last time the team was in court focused on the alleged mishandling of the first trial and first appeal by Simpson’s legal team at the time.
There has never been an argument that O.J. Simpson confronted the men in that hotel room in Las Vegas in 2007. However, Simpson said that he felt it was his right to get his sports memorabilia back, and he claims that he did not know some of the people with him had guns. The jury did not believe him, and his subsequent attempts to get a new trial or a full release have thus far been unsuccessful. Will O.J. Simpson’s nearly 20,000-word appeal submitted this week do the trick?