A hearing is scheduled for May 13 in the O.J. Simpson robbery case that could determine whether the former star football player and actor gets a new trial.
Simpson is claiming that his defense attorney did not properly represent him during his 2008 trial, in which he was found guilty of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel room in 2008. He is currently serving a sentence of 33 years in prison.
Documents filed with the court say Simpson’s trial attorney, Yale Galanter, had personal financial and business investments that created a conflict of interest, making it unethical for him to represent Simpson. The documents also accuse Galanter of not telling Simpson about a plea deal offered by prosecutors. The deal would have meant Simpson would spend as little as two years behind bars. Simpson says he would have taken the plea deal if he had been told about it.
In Session's Beth Karas says Simpson waived his attorney-client privilege, and will likely testify about how Galanter did not provide him with competent representation. Simpsons' former attorneys are expected to take the stand as well.