OJ's Friend Calls Conviction 'Conspiracy'

LAS VEGAS -- Tom Scotto is O.J. Simpson's best friend and readily admits he wants Simpson's former attorney, Yale Galanter, behind bars.

On the fourth day of hearings in Simpson's bid to win a new trial, he told 8 News NOW that Galanter threw the case on purpose. He called it a "conspiracy" and "corruption," statements which former Clark County District Attorney David Roger called inflammatory.

Scotto, who has been Simpson's close friend for 17 years, said he has the facts about what led to Simpson's conviction.

Scotto said not only did Simpson's first attorney, Galanter, okay the legality of Simpson's plan to take back his stuff, but was waiting in Las Vegas to take a piece of the merchandise for himself: the suit Simpson was wearing when acquitted in his 1995 murder trial.

"I thought he had said not to Charles but to one of the guys, ‘Bring me that suit!' Simpson said on the stand.

Scotto: "The truth is, Yale was waiting for that coat to come out so he could grab it. He had it sold. The state found out about it and was going to charge him with conspiracy and he made a deal with the state to blow the trial."

Reporter: "Why do you come forward now?"

Scotto: "Because the timing is right. The timing is right. Yale's on the stand tomorrow."

Simpson's new attorney is expected to question Galanter about Simpson's accusations that Galanter failed to disclose he knew about the plan in advance and told Simpson it was legal and provided bad advice at trial.

Reporter: "Are you blinded because you're his friend?"

Scotto: "No, I'm not blinded. I'm dealing with facts."

8 News NOW took Scotto's statements to former District Attorney David Roger by phone.

He prosecuted Simpson in 2008.

Roger: "Mr. Scotto should be very careful with these allegations."

Roger testified earlier this week and called Scotto's statements ludicrous.

"We didn't need Yale Galanter's help in winning this case," Roger said. "We just had an abundance of evidence. We had audio tapes of O.J. Simpson planning the robbery. … We had more evidence in this case than we have in 95 percent of the cases we try."

Scotto, who said he is a private investigator, said he plans to watch Galanter when he testifies in court Friday.

Scotto said he cannot say where he has the factual basis for his statements, but it is something he has known for years.


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