former football star whose murder acquittal captivated America says 1,995 lawyers in the trial of 2008 were insufficient flight
Like a recurring nightmare, the OJ Simpson back in court in Las Vegas on Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession in the process of changing attitudes countries in the justice system, the media and celebrities.
His demonstration in 1995 is the stuff of legends, the sudden fall of a Hall of Fame football player at the top of the veneration of an accused murderer who, although acquitted of murdering his ex- woman and her friend was never paid in the public mind.
But less is remembered for testing 2008 in Las Vegas that Simpson was sent to prison by a strange hotel room burglary in which the defendant said he just wanted celebrity retrieve objects staff who, according to him, it was stolen.
When it comes to court on Monday, it is a conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping, which will be before a Nevada judge. Simpson is seeking freedom in what lawyers often call a "Hail Mary move," a writ of habeas corpus. He said he had misrepresented that his conviction should be quashed and a new trial ordered. Most defendants lose these movements, but in this case nobody takes paris on the result.
"Nothing is the same anymore when do is involved," said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, who watched the Simpson trial in Los Angeles. "An OJ case is not like any other case."
With Simpson, the past is always a prologue, and if the memories of his murder trial will inevitably serve as a backdrop throughout the hearing in Las Vegas. This case, although less dramatic in nature, involves much more disastrous consequences.
now 65, Simpson has spent the past four years in prison and must serve at least nine years of his maximum sentence of 33 years before he is even eligible for parole. It would be 70 by then. If Simpson does not win a new trial, could spend the rest of his life locked up.
"I try to explain to people how someone could come out of nowhere to live the American dream and then lose everything," said the former director and officer of Simpson, Mike Gilbert, who is expected to testify at the hearing. "I have trouble with it."
Close friend Jim Barnett, a venture capitalist who visited Simpson in jail several times, which he describes as more gray paunchier and limping a bit more these days the old knee injury .