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OJ Simpson on odds of parole: 'We'll be playing golf again soon'

18 July, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • O.J. Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Simpson the former football star TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate wil

Simpson is "sweating" that his July 20 parole hearing will be an unprecedented media circus, and that officials could deny his release because of the press scrutiny. But a parole hearing in 2013 bodes well for Simpson, according to Galanter. The heavy Simpson was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping.

In 2013 he was granted parole on a few of the 12 original charges, but still had to serve an additional four years for some weapons-related convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpson's cohort in the crime, Clarence "C.J". Either way, the Nevada commissioners must approve an inmate's parole plan before being released.

The four members of the six-person panel must reach a unanimous decision, and if they can't, the two remaining members will review the case, from a different location in the state, until the full group reaches a majority vote. The crime and trial consumed the nation's attention for two years in the mid-1990s, and two recent TV productions-a dramatization and a documentary-reignited interest in Simpson's case.

"You have to do what you think is right and not really worry about public opinion", said Salling. "But I don't know if granting him parole would be out of line here".

Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995 when he was accused of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. When the officer arrived, Simpson ran out of the bushes wearing just a bra and sweatpants, covered in mud, saying, "He's going to kill me".

The former football great, with three buddies, grabbed a stash of Simpson memorabilia from a Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel room in 2007. "They were trying to steal other people's money".

Although Simpson's sister, Shirley Baker, has granted interviews in the past, Scotto said he is serving as the family's spokesman and, if parole is granted Thursday, he will relay words from Simpson.

A friend says Simpson seemed "excited" when they spoke on the phone last week, and that he was "very positive".

By Oct. 1, Simpson might be out there, too.


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