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New OJ Simpson appeal is nearly 6,000 words over the limit

Posted May 26, 2014 5:44 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Lawyers seeking to overturn O.J. Simpson’s 2007 armed robbery conviction filed an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court last week that was nearly 6,000 words over the limit.

The word limit is 14,000 words and the appeal is 19,993 words, according to a motion (PDF) seeking permission to file the brief. The appeal has 36 appendices. The Associated Press and the Las Vegas Review-Journal have stories.

Lawyer Patricia Palm, who filed the appeal, says the state supreme court often approves over-the-limit filings.

Simpson, 66, was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison for the armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer at a Las Vegas hotel. Lawyers for Simpson are arguing his prior lawyers were deficient at trial and in his first appeal. Judge Linda Bell of Nevada rejected the arguments in November, saying any errors would not have changed the outcome given the “overwhelming” evidence against Simpson.

Simpson has claimed he was trying to recover property stolen from him in the hotel confrontation, and he didn’t know that the men with him were carrying guns.

Testimony in the hearing before Bell revealed that most of the items taken in the 2007 were found to belong to Simpson, according to the Review-Journal. The items have been returned to Simpson.

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