Friday September 11th, 2015

Former Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson will not be given a new trial for his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in Las Vegas, reports the Associated Press.

A Nevada Supreme Court panel denied Simpson’s appeal on Thursday, siding with the lower court that presided over the case.

''We ... conclude the district court did not err in denying these claims,'' justices Ron Parraguire, Michael Douglas and Michael Cherry wrote in their 16-page decision.

Simpson is currently serving a nine to 33 year prison sentence after being found guilty of leading five men in a confrontation over allegedly stolen sports memorabilia. Simpson, 68, is eligible for parole in 2017.

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Simpson appealed to Clark County District Judge Linda Maria Bell in 2013, but she too denied him a new trial.

Simpson's lawyers filed the second appeal last October, arguing that his trial attorney did not properly handle the case and had conflicts of interest. However, the panel did not agree, stating, “Simpson did not demonstrate a reasonable probability of a different outcome had counsel argued on rehearing that the court misapprehended a material fact.”

Four of Simpson's accomplices pleaded guilty before trial and received probation. The fifth, Clarence Stewart, was convicted with Simpson, but had his conviction overturned by the Supreme Court. He pleaded guilty, avoiding a retrial, and served two years in prison.

- Xandria James

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