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May 14, 2013

Co-counsel: Simpson was dependent on main attorney

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"No," said Grasso.

He pointed to Galanter's cross-examination of a key witness as "sterling" and "awesome."

Galanter, who came under searing attack for his tactics during Grasso's testimony Monday, also was criticized by the lawyer who represented Simpson in a Santa Monica, Calif., case that resulted in the celebrity defendant getting back the personal items he had set out to retrieve from two collectibles dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room when he was arrested in 2007.

Attorney Ronald P. Slates testified by telephone from Los Angeles about his victory in gaining custody of Simpson's neckties and footballs.

"Did you know Yale Galanter?" asked Simpson attorney Patricia Palm.

"Yes," he said. "He would show up in court to take credit for what he didn't do."

Simpson won a small victory at the start of Tuesday's session when District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell granted a defense request to have one of Simpson's hands unshackled to drink water and take notes. Simpson's left hand was still cuffed to the arm of his chair.

Simpson managed a smile and a waist-high wave with his shackled hand as he entered the courtroom and found friends and family members in the audience. Among them was Tom Scotto, whose wedding was the reason for Simpson's ill- fated trip to Las Vegas.

"He looks like a beaten man," Scotto said outside court after seeing his old friend clad in a dingy blue prison uniform and orange prison issue slippers, chains clanking around his feet and waist.

The 65-year-old Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for leading five men in the armed robbery-kidnapping of the two sports memorabilia dealers.

Since then, Scotto's marriage has collapsed and he underwent three emergency surgeries for life-threatening intestinal ailments.

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