OJ Simpson will return to the Las Vegas courthouse where he was convicted of leading an armed sports memorabilia heist to ask a judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer botched his case.
Simpson will take the witness stand next week to testify that the Florida lawyer who collected nearly $700,000 (£450,000) is to blame for his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in 2008 and his failed appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2010.
Simpson’s testimony in open court will offer a first look at the ageing 65-year-old former football star since he was handcuffed and sent away to prison more than four years ago.
Simpson didn’t testify at his Las Vegas trial or in the historic case that led to his 1995 acquittal in the murder of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.
Instead of an expensive suit and tie, Simpson will be dressed in blue Nevada Department of Corrections clothing – greyer, heavier and limping a little more from old knee injuries, friends say. He is now Nevada inmate No. 1027820, a far cry from his playing days when Simpson wore jersey No. 32, won the Heisman Trophy, earned the nickname The Juice in the NFL and gained induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Simpson is scheduled to be in Clark County District Court on Monday for the five-day hearing. He could testify on Wednesday before a judge who has agreed to hear 19 separate points, mostly claiming that lawyer Yale Galanter provided such poor representation that Simpson deserves a new trial.
Simpson is serving a nine to 33-year sentence that makes him first eligible for parole at age 70.