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OJ Simpson's ex-attorney takes stand in bid for retrial

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A judge who will decide whether O.J. Simpson is granted a new trial in connection with his 2008 conviction heard from the attorney who defended the former footballer during the original trial.

Simpson was convicted of robbery and kidnapping in 2008, after police said he robbed memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. He was sentenced to between nine and 33 years in state prison.

On Tuesday, the judge heard from Simpson's attorney during the original trial. He testified that his defense during the first trial was that Simpson never intended to rob, hurt or steal. He said he did not have enough money for experts, including an audio analyst who could have examined a tape of the incident.

Prosecutors presented a 2007 email that showed Grasso agreed with Yale Galanter, another lawyer who defended Simpson, who decided not to fight the tapes.

On Monday, the judge heard from a psychologist, a friend of Simpson and Simpson's daughter. Some of the most compelling testimony came from the man who defended Simpson's co-defendant, C.J. Stewart, during the original trial - Brent Bryson.

Bryson testified that the audio tapes were untrustworthy and Simpson's attorney should have objected to its use.

"Without those tapes, there was no evidence of any type of conspiracy, no evidence as to who did what, who said what," Bryson said.

New attorneys for the embattled former NFL star are trying to prove Simpson was poorly represented in his 2007 trial. Simpson maintained during the original trial he was retrieving personal items that had been stolen from him.

FOX5 Legal Analyst Bob Massi said Simpson could speak on his behalf as early as Tuesday. He said the case will boil down to credibility.

"This judge will have to hear this evidence, and based on the preponderance of evidence, by the way this is not a reasonable doubt issue," Massi said. "He or she will decide what will happen to this conviction."

A decision may not be immediately made by the time this week's proceedings end, The Associated Press reported.

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