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O.J. Simpson in Las Vegas Court to Fight for New Trial

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O.J. Simpson in a Las Vegas courtroom Monday. O.J. Simpson in a Las Vegas courtroom Monday.
O.J. Simpson in a recent picture. O.J. Simpson in a recent picture.

LAS VEGAS -- A courtroom showdown in Las Vegas is going on all week long with one of the most infamous defendants in the world. O.J. Simpson wants a new trial in the kidnapping and robbery case that sent him to prison five years ago.

This was the first time Simpson has made an appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom since his conviction in 2008. Simpson was driven from his prison cell in Lovelock, Nevada, to Las Vegas.

Simpson arrived at court in handcuffs and wearing a blue jump jail uniform. His hair was short and grayer than it was during his last appearance more than four years.

His new team of lawyers is going after his old defense attorney Yale Galanter. They say he gave Simpson bad legal advice and didn't do a good job of defending him. They argue audiotapes of the robbery at the Palace Station should never have been admitted into evidence.

Las Vegas based attorney Gabriel Grasso, who defended Simpson and worked along side Galanter, talked about their relationship that turned from a friendship to battles over getting paid for his work. Grasso also testified about differences in trial strategy and how he the relationship between Galanter and Simpson was caustic.

Galanter is expected to take the stand on Friday to give his version of the events. He is declining comment before then.

The key witness in this case will be Simpson himself. He is expected to take the stand on Wednesday. He didn't take the stand during his murder trial in Los Angeles in 1995 or during his kidnapping and robbery trial in 2008 in Las Vegas.

He is serving a nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison.

Judge Linda Marie Bell wants to keep the proceeding to one week. Some of the witnesses who have been subpoenaed include retired Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owens and former District Attorney David Roger. As for a decision, it's unclear if the judge will rule right away from the bench, or if a decision will be announced later.

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