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O.J. Simpson listens to testimony at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

O.J. Simpson listens to testimony at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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O.J. Simpson (is helped out of his chair by defense attorney Ozzie Fumo

O.J. Simpson (is helped out of his chair by defense attorney Ozzie Fumo

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 O.J. Simpson prepares to leave the courtroom

O.J. Simpson prepares to leave the courtroom

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O.J. Simpson appears during a evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

O.J. Simpson appears during a evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Simpson, is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery

Simpson, is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery

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 Simpson arives for his evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Simpson arives for his evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Simpson, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed.

Simpson, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed.

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O.J. Simpson listens to testimony at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

OJ Simpson was back in court to ask for a new trial in an armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008.

Simpson, a former professional American Football player who is serving nine to 33 years in prison, along with a new set of lawyers are hoping to convince a judge that Yale Galanter, the original trial lawyer, had conflicted interests.

 

Simpson claims that Mr Galanter knew ahead of time about his plan to retrieve what he thought were personal mementoes, and that the lawyer met Simpson in Las Vegas to discuss the plan the night before the athlete and five other men confronted two sports memorabilia dealers and a middleman in a casino hotel room in September 2007.

Simpson still says he had no idea two of the men were carrying guns.

 

The former actor claims he sought to retrieve what he thought were family photos and personal belongings stolen after his 1995 "trial of the century" acquittal in the slayings of Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman and her friend in Los Angeles.

Mr Galanter blessed the plan as within the law, as long as no one trespassed and no force was used, Simpson claims.

 

During the trial, Simpson claims Mr Galanter "vigorously discouraged" him from testifying, and never told him that prosecutors were willing to let him plead guilty to charges with a minimum sentence of two years.

The five-day proceedings are technically neither a trial nor appeal. Simpson is due to testify tomorrow.

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