Legal Expert On O.J. Simpson’s Appeal And A Truth Serum For Colorado Theatre Shooter James Holmes
O.J. Simpson is claiming he had poor legal representation that resulted in his 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping, and is now appealing for a new trial.
Does he have a shot at getting his sentence reduced?
”Probably not,” Giarnforcaro said. ”But, one of the interesting arguments that he’s bringing up is that he was not told that he had an option to testify. I don’t think he’s going to win on that. And, the other argument – which I think is a better argument – is that the lawyer had knowledge of the crime he was going to commit and he didn’t indicate that it was a crime.”
”The biggest argument an appellate judge is going to listen to is whether or not his lawyer’s conduct would have changed the outcome. These appellate judges are going to review the transcripts from the trial, and if they determine the evidence was overwhelming, he’s not going to win.”
First News with Keeler in the Morning also wanted Gianforcaro wanted to know about this so-called ‘truth serum’ we’re hearing about in the James Holmes Colorado theatre shooting spree.
”I believe there are drugs, I’ve been told, that basically make it almost impossible to lie. No judge, ever, in my opinion is going to force a [defendant] to take a truth serum,” Gianforcaro said, adding it would virtually take away a person’s right not to speak (remain silent). ”Every defendant has rights,” he said.
Full Interveiw with Gregory Gianforcaro from WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning: