Wired PR News.com – A judge has denied the request made by OJ Simpson for a new trial in relation to his recent court conviction, as reported by AFP. Simpson received a conviction for robbery in October, after being arrested for stealing sports memorabilia he claimed belonged to him. The 61 year-old former football player and actor was arrested after the September 2007 incident, and found guilty early October of this year for 12 counts of robbery and kidnapping charges, along with Clarence Stewart, who was named a co-defendant in the trial. Each is scheduled to be sentenced December 5, 2008, and could face life imprisonment.
OJ Simpson made headlines on an even grander scale following the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman. Acquitted of those charges in 1995, Simpson has always maintained his innocence, and has not paid the $33.5 million settlement awarded to the victims’ families in a civil suit in 1997.
Simpson was once deemed a heroic figure during his time as a professional football player in the 1970s.