May 26, 2009 / 9:24 PM / in 9 years

O.J. Simpson appeals robbery conviction

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

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)

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