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O.J. Simpson

Takes the Stand --

My Ex-Lawyer Screwed Me

5/15/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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O.J. Simpson took the stand today in his bid for a new trial, begging the judge to give him a second shot in the 2007 armed robbery case that landed him in prison ... because he believes his old lawyer Yale Galanter screwed him over.

O.J. is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence after being convicted of armed robbery and a bunch of other charges stemming from the September 13th, 2007 incident ... when he stormed into a Vegas hotel room, flanked by several men, and robbed a bunch of sports memorabilia from two collectors. He believes the items in question had been stolen from him.

O.J. has claimed Galanter knew about his plan to retrieve the memorabilia from the 2 memorabilia collectors ... and advised O.J. not to take the stand in his defense so he wouldn't name Galanter as a witness.

During his testimony today, a relaxed-looking O.J. explained that Galanter also failed to keep him informed about a plea deal that would have gotten him out of prison in a few years ... rather than 33.

Had he known he stood a chance of being convicted, O.J. said he would have insisted on testifying ... and definitely would have taken the plea deal if he knew about it. But O.J. said Galanter repeatedly assured him he would never be convicted.

As for the incident itself -- O.J. admitted he'd been drinking beforehand ... but he wasn't "fall-down" drunk. He also said he had no knowledge that a gun was used in any way during the incident.

O.J. said he believed he was legally entitled to do what he did at the time because he didn't do anything his lawyer told him not to do -- i.e. breaking in, or using force.

To prove Galanter was aware of the plan to retrieve the items from the hotel room, O.J. said Galanter had specifically requested one of the items for himself ... an old suit.

And there's this ... O.J. said Galanter only showed him a portion of the audio recorded during the hotel incident, the same audio TMZ posted back in 2007.

Simpson was famously grilled on the stand in the 1996 civil trial when he was found liable for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman -- but he's never spoken under oath in a criminal case. This was a first.
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61.

Lucky_130    

You know I honestly say that OJ has learned his lesson and should be cut a break for trying to steal back his own stuff, but... Thomas Riccio will probably be good as dead if the Juice does get out

423 days ago
62.

FOULFOWL    

Free OJ!

423 days ago
63.

Vikingjunior    

They should of asked him if he is guilty of murder.

423 days ago
64.

kitnplayn    

Rot in jail, murderer.

423 days ago
65.

killspree    

OJ didn't call his ex-wife...his son did. His son had a crush on Nicole, was a cook (hence the knives), and there are numerous photos of him wearing a knit cap even in the summer time. This also explains why the glove didn't fit...they were used by OJ's son who is smaller than OJ.

The son panicked, told OJ who then ran to the scene (hence how he got blood on his sock), and had to run back to catch his flight to Chicago.

OJ going on trial was good for the family because he knew he'd be found innocent since he didn't kill them! His son did and is living a free life as a result.

423 days ago
66.

Glenda     

He's been through trials before and knows the drill. If he wanted to know things, he knew how to go about it. The truth is, he guilty and he will never own up or take responsibility. I hope Nicole and Ron haunt his dreams every night.

423 days ago
67.

JimmyB    

So. If your lawyer says it's okay to rob a bank...then it's okay? That's his defense?

423 days ago
68.

birdman    

He seems like a likeable guy

423 days ago
69.

Frannyfour    

Well I hope he gets another chance,he does deserve that,I think.

423 days ago
70.

cristiana    

its hard to feel compassion for him. he doesnt feel any for others, like his victims!

423 days ago
71.

DogsRule    

ASS! He deserves to be exactly where he is!

423 days ago
72.

THEARCHER1130    

EVERY ONE KNOWS HE DIDN'T KILL HER!! JUST FREE THE MAN AND LET HIM LIVE IN PEACE !!

423 days ago
73.

Jennifer    

OJ - always the victim

423 days ago
74.

Joan K    

I hate this lying POS, he will never get another trial and he will die in prison and then burn for eternity with his pal, SATAN.Nobody in their right mind thinks this bastard is innocent.

423 days ago
75.

Jamoak    

Bet he's a wide (an@l) receiver in prison

423 days ago
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