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Simpson appeals conviction

5/26/2009 - NFL

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson has appealed to the Nevada Supreme
Court to overturn his convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping
during a a Las Vegas hotel room confrontation with two sports
memorabilia dealers.

The appeal arrived Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Carson City.

The former football star, actor and advertising pitchman asks
the high court to throw out his conviction on grounds that include
judicial misconduct, insufficient evidence, a lack of racial
diversity on the jury and errors in sentencing and jury
instructions.

The document criticizes the trial judge, Clark County District
Court Judge Jackie Glass, and accuses prosecutors of improperly
asking questions about allegations of witness intimidation in front
of the jury.

"Cumulative error ... was so egregious and prejudicial that the
defense could not get a fair trial," Simpson attorneys Yale
Galanter and Malcolm LaVergne wrote in seeking the reversal.

Appeals in Nevada can take more than a year. Supreme Court
spokesman Bill Gang said there was no way to know when the justices
might rule.

"The amount of time it takes depends on the number and
complexity of the issues raised," Gang said.

Simpson, 61, maintains that he was trying to retrieve property
stolen from him when he and five other men confronted the two
sports collectibles peddlers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room in
September 2007.

Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted last October and
sentenced in December. Simpson got nine to 33 years in state
prison. He is housed at a prison in Lovelock, about 90 miles east
of Reno.

He was acquitted in 1995 of charges he murdered his ex-wife
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. But he later
was held liable for the deaths in a civil court case.