O.J. Simpson to get hearing on Aug. 3
LAS VEGAS - A three-member state Supreme Court panel will hear oral arguments on O.J. Simpson’s bid to get out of a Nevada prison while he appeals a conviction in an armed hotel room heist, officials said yesterday.
The panel will hear 30 minutes of arguments on Aug. 3 from Simpson’s lawyers and from prosecutors opposing the request, a court spokesman said.
“We’re thrilled they’re entertaining oral arguments on our motion,’’ Simpson lawyer Yale Galanter said. “We’re hopeful the court will grant our request for bond.’’
Clark County’s district attorney, David Roger, declined to comment.
Simpson, 61, was convicted of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon in the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in 2007. He is serving nine to 33 years in prison.
Codefendant Clarence “C.J.’’ Stewart, 55, is serving 7 1/2 to 27 years.
The panel scheduled a separate hearing for Stewart, who is also seeking to overturn his conviction. His lawyer, Brent Bryson, could not be reached for comment.