LAS VEGAS (AP) — Imprisoned former football star O.J. Simpson lost his latest appeal of his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in Las Vegas.

A three-member Nevada Supreme Court panel rejected Simpson’s request for a new trial, ruling in a 16-page order Thursday that there was no reason to overturn a lower court judge’s decisions in the case.

“We … conclude the district court did not err in denying these claims,” justices Ron Parraguire, Michael Douglas and Michael Cherry said.

Simpson lawyers filed the appeal last October, arguing that Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell was wrong to deny Simpson a new trial on charges that got Simpson sentenced to 9 to 33 years in a botched hotel room heist.

Simpson lawyers Patricia Palm, Ozzie Fumo and Tom Pitaro argued that his trial attorney mishandled his case and had conflicts of interests. The three attorneys didn’t immediately respond to messages late Thursday, and it wasn’t immediately known if Simpson was aware of the ruling.

Simpson, 68, is serving his sentence in a northern Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty of multiple felonies for leading five other men in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel. Two of the men with Simpson testified they brought guns, at Simpson’s request.

The Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Hall of Fame member and former television and movie star didn’t testify at his robbery trial in Las Vegas. His attorneys, Yale Galanter and Gabriel Grasso, claimed Simpson was just trying to retrieve items stolen from him after his 1995 acquittal in Los Angeles in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

The Supreme Court in September 2010 rejected a previous Simpson appeal, filed by Galanter.

Simpson’s appeal argued that his multiple convictions and sentences for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with use of a deadly weapon constitute double-jeopardy; that Galanter should have challenged his multiple convictions and punishments; and that the jury should have been given a chance to consider lesser kidnapping and theft offenses.

Galanter denied the allegations that he mishandled Simpson’s case and had conflicted interests.

Bell held several days of hearings in May 2013 on Simpson’s claims. Simpson testified, and continued to insist he never knew any of the men with him were carrying guns.

Bell ruled in November 2013 that any errors at trial wouldn’t have changed the outcome of Simpson’s trial, and agreed with prosecutors that there was no need for another trial.

The judge said she reviewed the entire court record and determined there was overwhelming evidence that Simpson orchestrated the armed kidnapping and robbery.

Four men who were with Simpson pleaded guilty before trial to felonies and served probation.

One co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, stood trial with Simpson and was convicted.

Stewart was sentenced to 7½ to 27 years, but his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court as tainted by Simpson’s fame. Stewart avoided retrial, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and conspiracy, was freed from prison after serving more than two years.

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17 thoughts on “OJ Simpson Appeal Rejected by Nevada Supreme Court

  1. They never got over that aquittal and were determined one way or another he would spend the rest of his life in a hole. …..they got him ! Every single black famous and wealthy man in this country will never be allowed to be just that.
    The minute you make it in the states you are just a walking target.

    • Timothy Green on said:

      OJ got himself, i dont feel sorry for his dumb ass for one second, he obviously wanted to be where he’s currently at, you cant fix stupid

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  3. Yes, OJ was absolutely stupid to think he could get away with the robbery whether the items belong to him or not. Common sense he does not have, why would he think white folks still loved him after he was acquitted of murder?

  4. specialt757 on said:

    Many black folks lost interest in our “great black hope” after supporting him during his murder trial only to be acquitted and continue to hang out with “Becky”. He made his bed, now he must lie uncomfortably in it.

  5. GabrielleSErickson on said:

    Yep it’s just like us to take ownership of a country that we stole from other inhabitants and say no one else is allowed in. Damn Obama!

  6. SusanRNumbers on said:

    You just can’t fix stupid!!! … instead of going through the legal system to get his “stolen” stuff back he convinced 5 other grown men to go try to pull some THUGGERY, wtf … this idiot knows that certain powers that be were waiting for him to slip up in ANYWAY to fuck him & he played right into it with his dumbass

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  8. People are robbing, stealing, carjacking every day in my city, and I do mean EVERYDAY. They are usually back on the streets in about a month because of jail over crowding. One of the top five most dangerous cities to live in. Now, OJ . . . your buddies are on the street and you are still locked up, and you have no PRIOR convictions hmmm. . .

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Like i said dude has had a bullseye on his back since his murder aquittal & his dumb ass played right into their hands …. sentencing guidelines allow the courts to railroad who they want & go easy on who they want … they wanted OJ, that’s why most his Co-defendants got off with probation

    • Coke you are absolutely right. It was all a set up but OJ should have been smarter than that. Judiciary was waiting for him to slip up so they could hang him. This country is a trip. There are armed robberies every day. There have been murders and convictions in my state and the defendants have gotten parole in 5-7 years. So you do the math.

  9. Timothy Green on said:

    You just can’t fix stupid!!! … instead of going through the legal system to get his “stolen” stuff back he convinced 5 other grown men to go try to pull some THUGGERY, wtf … this idiot knows that certain powers that be were waiting for him to slip up in ANYWAY to fuck him & he played right into it with his dumbass

    • He is getting everything he deserves. After he was acquitted of murder, he should have left the country, never to return. But no, he stayed here, kept doing stupid things, like attempting to write that book, getting thrown out of places, listening to rap like a teenager, I saw a picture of him with 3 or 4 young white girls kissing on him, etc. He had a pension of 25,000.00 per month that nobody could touch and I am sure he has received cost of living raises since then. His glory days were OVER, but he just could not accept that.

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