Nevada judge to take testimony on OJ freedom bid
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge agreed on Friday to reopen the 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping case against former football star O J Simpson to determine if the former football star was so badly represented by his lawyers that he should be freed from prison and get another trial.
Simpson won an acquittal in 1995 in the Los Angeles slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in a televised trial that riveted America and was proclaimed the "trial of the century" by some in the tabloid media.
Simpson wasn't in a Las Vegas courtroom on Friday when county District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell agreed to hear evidence and consider 18 of 22 questions cited in a May appeal by Simpson appeals lawyer Patricia Palm.
The judge dismissed four other grounds on which the 65-year-old Simpson seeks release from state prison, where he is serving nine to 33 years.