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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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76.

Lucky_130    

TOUCHDOWN OJ SIMPSON!!!

422 days ago
77.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Pants On Fire

422 days ago
78.

milmil    

If the stand dont fit you must aquit

422 days ago
79.

Timmy Boy    

Does this guy ever admits to ANYTHING!!?

422 days ago
80.

nof    

I'm hoping this leads to a reunion/hug-out.


-With Fred Goldman.


Long overdue, given the history...

422 days ago
81.

nof    

Kim Goldman in a thong, and I die happy ...

422 days ago
82.

nof    

I'm hoping this will REDUCE Juice's sentence...


Reduce it...


...From 33 years - (entirely) ridiculous....


...To just like maybe, I don't know.. 32 years - no -


Make it 31 years and 49 weeks...


At the rate O.J.'s eating - he'll FLOAT outta there...


-Seconds on the STARCH, Mr. Simpson..?"

422 days ago
83.

nof    

...Wonder how O.J. LOOKS on the crapper...


...Why DON'T they allow the-paps into prisons!?

422 days ago
84.

Someone's goldfish    

If his claims are true, his lawyer is worst than Lindsay's.

422 days ago
85.

Donna    

Why doesn't Simpson just drop dead already? Nicole and Ron, R.I.P. - 19 years on.

422 days ago
86.

nof    

Okay, since you asked...


I'll tell ye my real fear ... 'bout O.J. gettin' out....


He'll turn around and write another memoir -


This one entitled:


"If I Knew It..."


Detailing Galanter TOLD him of the plea deals.


Won't we all feel REALLY dumb, if that happens.


One last thing - unless I'm wrong - ?


And I HAVE been wrong before ...


Unless I'm way, way OFF on this one ?!


O.J. has done his last Hertz commercial.


Now let's get Dre, Snoop and Kim Goldman to judge A.I. next year - go Charlie!!!

422 days ago
87.

nof    

...Galanter's been on Fred Goldman's payroll
for YEARS...


Years!!!!


YEARS, I tell ye!!!!


They LOW-fived when Yale talked O.J. into a trial, telling "Juice," The_State don't have a THANG.


This a cover-up, damnit!!!

422 days ago
88.

Mee    

This was "VEGAS JUSTICE" at it's best.
Getting SCREWED IS BETTER Than HAVING YOUR THROAT SLIT and MURDERED LIKE YOUR EX and her friend.

422 days ago
89.

Chaps    

What a GD liar. He gambled in Vegas and lost.

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Guess what lots of people have that happen... but wow he lost 33 years.

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Too bad soo sad.

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Suck an egg OJ

422 days ago
90.

backfire    

Saw OJ on the stand today. Hard to believe anything he says....he embellishes as he talks. Liars always leave holes.

422 days ago
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