OJ Simpson Parole Hearing: Nevada Officials to Decide Fate in Coming Days


It came more than a decade after he was acquitted in one of the most high-profile trials in history for the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

Yale Galanter, a former Simpson attorney, told the Daily News that Simpson has behaved well during his nine years in prison.

The hearing will be held before a panel of four parole commissioners sitting in Carson City, Nev.

Those series may have reignited public fascination with the former football star, but they will not shade the opinions of Nevada officials at the July 20 hearing, said Thomas Patton, another former chair of the parole board. Furthermore, Page Six reports that Simpson will show up via a video feed from the prison he's now incarcerated in, Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.

Some believed that the long sentence he received for the Las Vegas robbery was retribution for his previous acquittal, although this was denied by the judge.

O.J., who has been behind bars in a Nevada prison for nearly nine years, is eligible for parole Thursday. If Simpson, who was already granted parole on some of his charges in 2013, is paroled again, he will be released from prison in October but will still have to meet with a parole officer and submit to other conditions.

But given the notoriety of the Simpson trial and O.J. Simpson, a black man who went unpunished for killing a white woman, can the decision be "non personal"?

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

Simpson was convicted of trying to take pieces of sports memorabilia that he claimed was stolen from him.

The parole board has said it will issue a decision Thursday so to minimize the media circus that will surely follow its decree.

Four members of the six-person parole board will be in the hearing room in Carson City. In either case, a decision is expected on the day of the hearing.

Simpson will join the members from his prison via video conference.

"My advice to him would be to live out the rest of your life", the lawyer said.

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