O.J. Simpson appeals robbery conviction

Tue May 26, 2009 5:21pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - O.J. Simpson, the former football star acquitted of killing his ex-wife after a sensational trial, asked the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday to throw out his armed robbery conviction for a bungled bid to recover his own memorabilia.

Simpson, who was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison in December, said in his appeal that he was denied a fair trial through a series of errors judicial misconduct, insufficient evidence and a lack of racial diversity on the jury.

Simpson, 61, was found guilty of robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in October.

The Las Vegas trial stemmed from a bungled attempt by Simpson to recover memorabilia of his storied sports career and murder trial from a pair of dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The star athlete-turned-actor was tried in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted after a yearlong televised trial that transfixed much of the world. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

<p>O.J. Simpson listens as District Court Judge Jackie Glass (not in photo) reads his sentence at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Issac Brekken/Pool</p>