OJ Simpson Files Very Wordy Appeal

20K-word document asks for new robbery trial
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 3:09 AM CDT
OJ Simpson Files Mammoth New Appeal
This May 13, 2013 photo shows O.J. Simpson at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.    (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool, file)

OJ Simpson is seeking a new trial, arguing that the notoriety from his 1995 murder acquittal tainted his 2008 trial for a robbery in Las Vegas. His lawyers have filed an appeal with the Nevada Supreme Court, but it runs a mammoth 19,993 words and has more than 30 appendices; the AP points out that's 43% longer than the court's established word limit. It's not clear whether it will be accepted, though the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the court has made such exceptions in the past.

Simpson is serving nine to 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada for his part in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, but he argues that he was simply recovering his own property. He will not be eligible for parole until late 2017. The state's board of parole commissioners says Inmate #1027820 has had a "positive record," reports the Review-Journal. (He was, however, told off for stealing cookies last fall.)

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