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Nev. Supreme Court won’t hear OJ Simpson appeal

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson’s lawyer won’t get a chance to plead for the imprisoned former football star’s freedom before the full seven-member Nevada Supreme Court.

The state’s highest court issued a terse and unanimous order Tuesday declining to do what three of its members already refused to do — hear Simpson’s appeal of his conviction and nine-to-33-year prison sentence in a 2007 armed confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room.

Simpson lawyer Malcolm LaVergne told The Associated Press he understood the court’s reluctance to hear oral arguments after a three-justice panel in October denied Simpson’s appeal and declined in February to reconsider. LaVergne said he’ll take the case now to the federal courts.

“What judge wants to be put in the position that they let O.J. go free?” LaVergne asked in an interview. “We’ll work now within the federal court system. That’s our option at this point.”

“This is not a fair result for Mr. Simpson, given the facts of the case,” the lawyer added.

LaVergne said he spoke last week with Simpson, and said the 63-year-old former football star remains in good spirits at the medium-security Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

In his appeal, LaVergne maintains Simpson didn’t intend to commit a crime because he thought he was retrieving personal items that had been stolen from him.

Simpson stood trial and was convicted with co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges. Four other men who took part in the caper pleaded guilty to lesser felonies, testified at trial and were sentenced to probation.

Stewart served more than two years in prison before the Nevada Supreme Court overturned his conviction with a ruling that Simpson’s fame — stemming from his 1995 acquittal in the Los Angeles slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman — tainted the Las Vegas proceedings.

Stewart, now 57, avoided a retrial with plea deal in which he didn’t contest felony robbery and conspiracy charges. He was sentenced in January to three years of probation, including nine months of home detention.

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  1. The State should not give him ANOTHER thought. The Federal Appeal. One would hope that this xan open the door to the federal government addressing his legal responsibility for violating the civil rights of Nicole and Goldman. And how is it that OJ is in a medium security facility when thousands of young men awaiting trial on first offense same charges are held for months with no bond in maximum security facilities ? He is not guily because he was taking back items stole from him ? Then he says he in fact did intend to steal. Add the fact that ALL “victims” and “bad guys” were given “deals” (who exactly then is the victim) and where are his hired gunmen which he refused to pay as was said on tapes by OJ at trial ? Probation. The average defendant would be in prison, all. He said the Goldman’s would never see a dime when he lost the Civil case of their murders. Hired gunmen expected he would actually pay them ?
    The ENTIRE matter to ALL is wrong, as OJ spins his “victims” to deal with the D.A. and hired gunmen get probation of a felony DUI defendant. The Feds may be the best thing that could ever bring true light to this absolute insanity and the many lives that are not in the public eye some form of compensations.