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O.J. Simpson set to return to court

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

O.J. Simpson will return to court on May 13 to argue that he deserves a new trial. (USATSI)

Former NFL star O.J. Simpson will have his day in court. Again. The Hall of Fame running back is expected in Las Vegas court on May 13 for a five-day hearing where he will argue that he deserves a new trial following his 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

Simpson, 65, is alleging that his lawyer botched the 2008 case and provided poor representation and therefore, he's deserving of a new trial.

Simpson's hearing will focus on 19 specific points where he felt his lawyer, Yale Galanter, failed him. Among those points: Simpson said Galanter knew of his plans to confront two collectibles dealers in Las Vegas because Simpson had told Galanter in a dinner the night before the incident. Simpson also said that Galanter told him the incident was legal as long as Simpson didn't trespass on anyone's property or use physical force.

The former 11-year NFL veteran also said that Galanter never told him about a prosecution offer that could have limited Simpson's time behind bars to as little as two-years. Simpson has been behind bars since October 2008 and is in the middle of a sentence that requires him to spend nine-to-33 years in prison.

When Simpson testifies next week, it will be the first time he has taken the stand for himself, according to the AP. Simpson didn't testify during his 2008 trial or during his 1995 trial where he was acquitted in the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Simpson's hearing will run May 13-17, however, it's not known if Judge Linda Marie Bell will make an immediate ruling or issue a written decision at a later point in time.

Keep your eye on everything NFL by following John Breech on Twitter @JohnBreech.

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