LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson became so dependent on his lawyer during his 2008 Las Vegas armed robbery trial that the former football star would have done anything Yale Galanter advised -- including passing up the chance to testify, his co-counsel testified yesterday.
"I could advise O.J. all day long, and he was very respectful of me," Gabriel Grasso told the court. "But if I advised him of something different from what Yale said, he would do what Yale said." It was Galanter's decision to not have Simpson testify, Grasso said.
Under questioning from prosecutor H. Leon Simon, Grasso acknowledged the trial judge, Jackie Glass, specifically asked Simpson if he wanted to testify.
"O.J. did say he did not want to testify," said Simon, Clark County's chief deputy district attorney.
"Mr. Galanter told him, 'This is the way it's going to be,' " Grasso said.
He said Simpson's confidence in Galanter was born of his successful representation of the former Hall of Fame football player in a Florida road rage case after his 1995 acquittal on murder charges in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
Galanter is the focus of Simpson's motion claiming ineffective assistance of counsel.