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May 14, 2013

O.J. returns to Las Vegas court in bid for new trial

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LAS VEGAS —

Galanter is scheduled to testify on Friday and has declined comment before his court appearance.

A lawyer for Simpson co-defendant Clarence “C.J” Stewart testified Monday that a plea deal was offered to Simpson and Stewart in the midst of trial.

Witness Brent Bryson said prosecutors told him the offer called for a two- to five-year sentence for each defendant in return for guilty pleas. Prosecutors said they were presenting it to Simpson’s lawyer and later came back to tell him there was no deal, Bryson said.

Bryson didn’t know if Simpson had ever been told about the deal by his lawyer. Simpson claims he was not.

Under questioning by defense lawyers Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, Bryson and Simpson friend James Barnett, a wealthy businessman, said Galanter’s biggest mistake was not challenging the admission of a tape recording of the hotel room incident.

Barnett said he asked Galanter why he wasn’t hiring an expert to analyze the recording for alterations.

“He said, ‘If you would give us $250,000, we would have it done. We don’t have the money to analyze the tapes,,” Barnett testified.

“Did you give it to him?” Palm asked.

“No. I had no confidence that he had any interest in the tapes at all,” Barnett said.

Barnett said he was later told by Galanter’s co-counsel, Gabriel Grasso, that Grasso had his 15-year-old son help him analyze the tapes.

Bryson said there was a chain of custody issue because the tapes had been sold to a tabloid news outlet that had them for eight days before they were turned over to the court.

“The tapes were untrustworthy,” Bryson said. “Files had been uploaded. Experts could not testify to their authenticity.”

Galanter allegedly insisted the tapes on which Simpson was heard telling people that nobody was to leave the hotel room would help his case rather than harm it.

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