Tension filled the courtroom on Friday as O.J. Simpson's 2008 trial attorney took the stand.
Yale Galanter argued that his representation of Simpson was the best it could be.
Galanter told the court he was uncomfortable representing Simpson. At times, Galanter was argumentative, shooting down Simpson's accusations that he provided poor defense.
"Our defense of Mr. Simpson was stellar," Galanter said.
Simpson earlier this week told the court Galanter told him it was within his legal rights to recover his sports memorabilia so long as he didn't trespass to do so. Galanter on Friday vehemently denied that claim.
"What did you [say] to him?" asked Simpson's current attorney, Tom Pitaro.
"I told him to call the police," Galanter replied.
Galanter appeared irritated at times during hours of questioning by Pitaro.
"I understand your facial expressions, Mr. Pitaro, but the truth of the matter is, when you look at the entire trial, I don't think I could've fought harder, done more," Galanter said. "I mean, I really did – I put every ounce of blood, sweat and soul I had [into defending Simpson]."
Simpson's attorneys are trying to prove Galanter's team provided poor representation for the former football star in 2008 in order to convince a judge that he deserves another trial.
Simpson on Wednesday told the court that on the night of the recovery sting operation at Palace Station Hotel & Casino, he had consumed a lot of alcohol, which clouded his perception. Simpson claimed to have distorted vision which prevented him from seeing a gun in the Palace Station hotel room.
Galanter fired back at the notion that Simpson's drinking would have been a good defense, adding that he had been aware of a gun.
"He [Simpson] called me and said, ‘I didn't have a gun, the other guys had a gun. Why are they saying I had a gun?' So the whole idea of hiring an expert to say he was intoxicated and he had tunnel vision and couldn't see these firearms in the room with six or seven people in it and furniture, was just absurd to me," Galanter said.
Another point of contention was a supposed plea discussion. Simpson claimed he was never told about a discussion for a 2- to 5-year offer. Galanter said otherwise.
"I discussed it with Mr. Simpson thoroughly. Mr. Simpson said to me, ‘See if you can get it done for a year.' And we couldn't," Galanter said.
When the case went to trial and Simpson was found guilty, Galanter was devastated, he said.
"As lead counsel, that's my responsibility, but the whole idea that somebody thought I was ineffective or thought that I didn't have Mr. Simpson's best interest at heart is insulting and absurd," Galanter said.
Galanter said he did not want Simpson to testify because, "O.J. would've been crucified and the audio tape of the incident could speak for itself, because no one talked about a gun."
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