O.J. Simpson Testifies: Former Football Star, Actor Takes the Stand

Although O.J. Simpson, right, was acquitted in 1995 in the killings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, he later lost a civil suit and was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the estates of Ms. Simpson and Mr. Goldman. (Pool photo by Julie Jacobson/New York Times)

[Chicago Tribune]

Although O.J. Simpson, right, was acquitted in 1995 in the killings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, he later lost a civil suit and was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the estates of Ms. Simpson and Mr. Goldman. (Pool photo by Julie Jacobson/New York Times)
Although O.J. Simpson, right, was acquitted in 1995 in the killings of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, he later lost a civil suit and was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the estates of Ms. Simpson and Mr. Goldman. (Pool photo by Julie Jacobson/New York Times)

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, the former football star famously acquitted of murder in 1995, offered sometimes emotional testimony in a packed Las Vegas courtroom on Wednesday as he sought a new trial in a robbery case that sent him to prison nearly five years ago.

Simpson, 65, was brought to court from a Nevada prison and took the witness stand on the third day of a week-long hearing into his claims that his lead defense attorney, Yale Galanter, mishandled his case in a Nevada trial in 2008.

Simpson is serving up to 33 years for his conviction on 12 charges including armed robbery and kidnapping. The charges stemmed from a September 13, 2007, incident in which Simpson and five other men stormed into a room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino and took thousands of dollars in memorabilia at gunpoint from a pair of sports collectors.

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