O.J. Simpson filed his appeal this week in Nevada, hoping to overturn his conviction for robbery, kidnapping and weapons charges related to an incident back in 2008. His lawyers hope that it will be a “fast track appeal” – though I honestly have no idea what that means…
Simpson was convicted on Oct. 3, 2008 of all 12 robbery, kidnapping and weapons charges following the 2007 confrontation with two memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison without the possibility of parole for nine years.
Simpson’s co-defendant, Clarence “CJ” Stewart, received a sentence of 27 years in jail with no possibility of parole until 2016.
Any appeal must assert grounds for reversal, arguing that the trial court made legal errors in the trial and/or sentencing. Simpson’s grounds include jury instruction error, insufficient evidence, redundancy of charges, admission of hearsay, prosecutorial misconduct, violation of the Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses, error in jury selection including non-race-neutral challenges and general judicial misconduct.
The brief claims that Simpson’s trial “was fundamentally unfair” because the trial judge chastised “the attorneys in the presence of the jury; making rulings from the bench that were not based in the law;” improperly instructing the jury; admitting hearsay and intimidating evidence; preventing “the defense to exercise full and complete cross examination of witnesses;” and not allowing “counsel to examine prospective jurors about their known and unknown biases (sic).”
Simpson in a Nevada state correctional facility, north of Reno. His attorney expects the appeal to be heard “somewhere in the fall, probably in the late fall,” however it could take up to a year.
The state has about two months to file its response, to which Simpson’s attorneys have the opportunity to reply as well.
Simpson’s appellate counsel is new on the case. His former attorney, Gabriel Grasso, reportedly withdrew from the case, citing an “ongoing disagreement” he has with Simpson’s longtime attorney, Yale Galanter.