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Judge Removes OJ’s Shackles

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O.J. Simpson talks with his attorney, Patricia Palm during his retrial in Clark County District Court on May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: Julie Jacobson - Pool/Getty Images)

O.J. Simpson talks with his attorney, Patricia Palm during his retrial in Clark County District Court on May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: Julie Jacobson – Pool/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson is back in a Las Vegas courtroom for day two of a hearing dissecting his former lawyer’s work in his 2008 robbery-kidnapping conviction.

Simpson’s lawyers asked the judge on Tuesday to let the shackled former football star and actor have one hand free so he can take notes and sip water while a Nevada judge hears evidence that the 65-year-old deserves a new trial.

The judge agreed.

The hearing is aimed at proving Simpson’s trial lawyer, Yale Galanter, had conflicted interests and shouldn’t have handled Simpson’s case.

Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for his 2008 conviction in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Former Simpson trial attorney Gabriel Grasso, on the witness stand for a second day, revealed that Simpson was intoxicated at the time of the Palace Station hotel room encounter which led to his arrest, and the defense team debated whether to reveal the information at trial. Grasso also recounted how he withdrew from the case following the guilty verdict in 2008, noting he had not yet been paid by lead attorney Galanter, but was expected to write the appeal.

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