“O.J. Simpson Cheerfully Takes the Stand in Bid For New Trial”

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By  (@alyssanewcomb)

May 15, 2013

More than four years after he choked back tears at his sentencing, O.J. Simpson addressed a Las Vegas court today sounding cheerful and confident in his bid to a win a new trial.

He bantered with bailiffs during breaks, making them laugh, and chuckled at himself at times during testimony when discussing his drinking at the time.

Simpson, 65, was called to the stand on the third day of the hearing, much of which has focused on claims his former attorney, Yale Galanter, gave him bad legal advice in the 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping trial that led to his conviction.

The football legend, who never testified in his 1995 murder trial, often called the “trial of the century,” or in the 2008 trial when he was convicted, took the stand for his first time today.

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NBC Sports commentator and former professional football player O. J. Simpson sits with a group of servicemen to watch a Thanksgiving Day football game. Simpson is visiting U.S. troops who are in the region for Operation Desert Shield. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)