O.J. Simpson took the stand this week with the hopes of getting a new trial. He reportedly begged the judge to grant him a new trial over his 2007 armed robbery case. Why? He claims his former attorney Yale Galanter provided him bad counsel.
Silly goose. O.J. seems to be operating under the unfortunate impression that his conviction of armed robbery and other charges and the 33-year prison sentence that came with it is actually about that particular incident. Everyone knows they put him in prison over that other charge from the 1990’s. Like, revenge is theirs, Mr. Simpson, and I don’t see it for you getting out anytime soon.
But you know, keep hope alive. Or something.
More from TMZ:
O.J. has claimed Galanter knew about his plan to retrieve the memorabilia from the 2 memorabilia collectors … and advised O.J. not to take the stand in his defense so he wouldn’t name Galanter as a witness.
During his testimony Wednesday (May 15), a relaxed-looking O.J. explained that Galanter also failed to keep him informed about a plea deal that would have gotten him out of prison in a few years … rather than 33. Had he known he stood a chance of being convicted, O.J. said he would have insisted on testifying … and definitely would have taken the plea deal if he knew about it. But O.J. said Galanter repeatedly assured him he would never be convicted.
As for the incident itself — O.J. admitted he’d been drinking beforehand … but he wasn’t “fall-down” drunk. He also said he had no knowledge that a gun was used in any way during the incident. O.J. said he believed he was legally entitled to do what he did at the time because he didn’t do anything his lawyer told him not to do — i.e. breaking in, or using force.
To prove Galanter was aware of the plan to retrieve the items from the hotel room, O.J. said Galanter had specifically requested one of the items for himself … an old suit.
Whatever. Need I remind y’all:
Simpson was famously grilled on the stand in the 1996 civil trial when he was found liable for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman — but he’s never spoken under oath in a criminal case. This was a first.