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Not content with the miracles and horrors of last week, we will now be assailed with a revisited "blast from the past" horror starting on Monday.

Once again we will see O.J. Simpson in a Las Vegas courtroom, as Monday begins his 5-day hearing to ask for a new trial for his 2008 conviction, saying his former attorney Yale Galanter "mishandled the case."

It's bad enough we have to deal with current criminals and bombings and shootings but now we have to deal with what we thought was already behind us.

That 2008 trial was not as famous as his 1995 trial. Simpson, 65, is serving a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted in 2008 of leading a sports memorabilia heist at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

I've always felt that the 2008 conviction was "Karma" for his being acquitted in his 1995 murder trial but that is just my opinion. His appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court was denied in 2010. As his current sentence stands, he won't be eligible for parole until he is 70 years old.

I always knew who O.J. Simpson was, from his days at USC as a running back, a Heisman trophy winner, the first pick in the first round of the NFL draft in 1969, and who played for both the Buffalo Bills and the 49ers.

"The Juice" made movies and the famous "running through the airport" TV commercials for Hertz. But he gained the most notoriety for most of the American public after his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered on June 12, 1994.

Simpson was charged with their deaths and subsequently acquitted of all criminal charges in a controversial criminal trial. It's noteworthy to add that in the unanimous jury findings of a civil court case in February 1997, Simpson was found liable for the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman and battery of Nicole Brown.

In case you've forgotten,m on June 17, 1994, after failing to turn himself in, he became the object of a low-speed pursuit in a white Ford Bronco SUV driven by his friend Al Cowlings along the LA freeway that interrupted coverage of the 1994 NBA Finals.

The pursuit, arrest, and trial were among the most widely publicized events in American history. The trial, often characterized as "the trial of the century," culminated on October 3, 1995 in a jury verdict of not guilty for the two murders.

On a personal note, it was on that day, as I watched the verdict read on TV that I decided to accept my first job as a reporter. I guess I figured I could help right some wrongs with my reporting after seeing what I considered a travesty of justice.

That 1995 trial was also the first time most people heard the name Kardashian, as Robert Kardashian served on Simpson's defense team. He is the late father of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian who were unleashed on the unsuspecting public 12 years after that trial.

As far as Monday's hearing, here's what it is based upon.

In a sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press, Simpson said he told Galanter he planned to confront two sports memorabilia dealers to retrieve personal items he believed had been stolen from him.

"I fully disclosed my plan to Yale Galanter, and he advised me that I was within my legal rights," Simpson wrote, according to the AP.

He added that Galanter told him it was acceptable as long as he did not trespass or use physical force. Simpson also alleged in the statement that Galanter failed to tell him of a plea deal that would have gotten him two years in prison, the AP reported.

"Had I understood that there was an actual chance of conviction, I would have accepted such an offer," Simpson wrote in the statement.

All I can say is, I have spent too much of my life watching Simpson on TV since 1994 and I well just wait for the judge to render his verdict after this most recent hearing.

WKYC-TV

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