O.J. Simpson awaits his sentencing in a Las Vegas Courtroom on Friday, December 5, 2008.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada judge is due to schedule arguments about whether former football star O.J. Simpson should be freed from prison and get a new trial.
Simpson's lawyer, Patricia Palm, says Simpson won't be in court for Friday's procedural hearing in Las Vegas.
She argues Simpson was so badly represented by lawyers at trial that he deserves a retrial. Palm didn't represent Simpson during trial.
The 65-year-old Simpson was convicted and is serving nine to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping in a 2007 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room.
Simpson maintained he was trying to recover personal items stolen from him after his 1995 acquittal in the Los Angeles slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
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