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Simpson bid for new trial rejected

A judge in Las Vegas has rejected OJ Simpson's bid for a new trial.

The decision means the former American football star must remain in a Nevada state prison where he is serving nine to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping in a bungled attempt to retrieve personal items from two sports memorabilia dealers in 2007.

Simpson was sentenced to prison in 2008. He will be 70 years old before he is eligible for parole.

His current defence lawyers argued that his previous lawyers handled his case so badly that he should get a new trial.

Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell considered 22 claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and lawyer conflict of interest, but decided in her 101-page order yesterday that the standard required for a new trial was not met.



From Belfast Telegraph