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By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members this week to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.

Now 70, Simpson will have history in his favor and a clean record behind bars as he approaches the nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon. Plus, the parole board sided with him once before.

No one at his Thursday hearing is expected to oppose releasing him in October — not his victim, not even the former prosecutor who persuaded a jury in Las Vegas to convict Simpson in 2008.

“Assuming that he’s behaved himself in prison, I don’t think it will be out of line for him to get parole,” said David Roger, the retired Clark County district attorney.

Four other men who went with Simpson to a hotel room to retrieve from two memorabilia dealers sports collectibles and personal items that the former football star said belonged to him took plea deals in the heist and received probation.

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Two of those men testified that they carried guns. Another who stood trial with Simpson was convicted and served 27 months before the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that Simpson’s fame tainted the jury. Simpson’s conviction was upheld.

Prison life was a stunning fall for a charismatic celebrity whose storybook career as an electrifying running back dubbed “The Juice” won him the Heisman Trophy as the best college player in 1968 and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

He became a sports commentator, Hollywood movie actor, car rental company spokesman and one of the world’s most famous people even before his Los Angeles “trial of the century,” when he was acquitted in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Simpson, appeared grayer and heavier than most remembered him when he was last seen, four years ago.

He will appear Thursday by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Center, to be quizzed by four state parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away.

Two other members of the board will monitor the hearing, said David Smith, a parole hearing examiner.

The commissioners will have a parole hearing report that has not been made public, plus guidelines and worksheets that would appear to favor Simpson. It plans to make its written risk assessment public after a decision.

They will consider his age, whether his conviction was for a violent crime (it was), his prior criminal history (he had none) and his plans after release, Smith said.

Nevada has about 13,500 prison inmates, and the governor-appointed Board of Parole Commissioners has averaged about 8,300 annual hearings for the past four years. The rate of inmates who are granted parole in discretionary hearings held as they approach their minimum sentence, like Simpson’s, averages about 82 percent.

The same four board members also have experience with Simpson, having granted him parole in July 2013 on some charges — kidnapping, robbery and burglary — stemming from the 2007 armed confrontation. The board’s decision left Simpson with four years to serve before reaching his minimum time behind bars.

Board members Connie Bisbee, Tony Corda, Adam Endel and Susan Jackson noted at the time that Simpson had a “positive institutional record,” with no disciplinary actions behind bars.

Simpson’s lawyer, friends and prison officials say that hasn’t changed.

“He’s really been a positive force in there. He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people,” said Tom Scotto, a friend from Florida whose wedding Simpson was in Las Vegas to attend the weekend of the robbery.

Scotto said he visits or talks with Simpson every few months.

Simpson leads a Baptist prayer group, mentors inmates, works in the gym, coaches sports teams and serves as commissioner of the prison yard softball league, Scotto said.

Scotto will be among the 15 people with Simpson in a small conference room at the prison, along with Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, daughter Arnelle Simpson and sister Shirley Baker.

A parole case worker, two prison guards and a small pool of media also were expected, along with Bruce Fromong, one of the memorabilia dealers who was robbed.

Fromong said he will attend as a victim of the crime but will be “trying to be good for O.J.” He said he suffered four heart attacks and severe financial losses as a result of the robbery but later forgave Simpson.

The other collectibles broker, Alfred Beardsley, died in 2015.

Andy Caldwell, a retired Las Vegas police detective who investigated the Simpson case, will be at the prison but won’t be in the room.

“I don’t want to offer an opinion,” said Caldwell, now a Christian minister in Mill City, Oregon. “I’m just curious to see how everything unfolds.”

In a nod to Simpson’s celebrity, officials will let the proceedings be streamed live, and the board plans a same-day ruling. A decision usually takes several days.

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and longtime Simpson case analyst, predicted a “tsunami” of public attention if Simpson wins release.

“If this is the ordinary case, he will be paroled,” Levenson said. “But O.J. is never the ordinary case.”

Al Lasso, a Las Vegas defense attorney who has followed the case but does not represent Simpson, said any other defendant in a similar case probably would have gotten probation, not prison.

“I think he spent more than enough time in prison for a robbery in which he didn’t even have a gun himself,” Lasso said.

But Michael Shapiro, a New York defense lawyer who provided commentary during Simpson’s conviction in Las Vegas in 2008 and his acquittal in Los Angeles in 1995, said freedom was no certainty.

“The judge believed he got away with murder,” Shapiro said. “That’s the elephant in the room. If the parole authorities feel the same way, he could be in trouble.”
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This story has been clarified to show that former police Detective Andy Caldwell will be at the prison but not in hearing room and corrects that his church is in Mill City, Oregon, not Lyons, Oregon.

Comments (55)
  1. I oppose, keep this ugly ass murderer in prison for life.

    1. Edward Smith says:

      Your comment is outrageous, if you want fair justice for everybody including your loved ones, you should want to be certain that a loved one of yours was not somehow sentenced for something he/she was found not guilty of. When we allow what you suggest, it means that people could be sentenced for things they were found not guilty of.

      You should never be allowed on a jury. The woman judge acted illegally by doing just what you suggested, she sentenced OJ to 33 years for the murder of OJ wife and friend, it should have been overturned, it was not justice, but no appeals court wanted the hot potato

      It will be a travesty of justice now if OJ is not released. I am not a friend of OJ, I will survive if he is not re;leased, but people that care about law should want him released

      1. Wonder if Nichole Simpson and Ron Goldman will get released from their graves!!!!!

  2. OJ was the only man on the planet that had the strength, passion, and familiarity with knives as a weapon to decapitate his wife. Anyone else with brain that just wanted her dead would put a bullet through her chest. Not OJ. HE was on a mission. And the rage was such that he took on two people simultaneously.

  3. Well the sooner he get’s out the sooner he can continue to look for Nicole’s killer

    1. Edward Smith says:

      Maxine waters and Robert Mueller are 2 people that should be looked at in the search for the killer

  4. How does even talk to his children, never mind anything else in life?

  5. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  6. “The judge believed he got away with murder,” Shapiro said. “That’s the elephant in the room.”

    But judges are not supposed to rule based on opinions or emotions, so if the judge’s beliefs affected the verdict or the sentence in any way, he shouldn’t have heard the case and recused himself. Since OJ was acquitted of the murder charge his record should have reflected that and the judge should not have even considered it.

  7. Simpson will be released and will return to Florida. I’m sure the powers to be in Nevada don’t want to be on the hook for paying the health care of an aging 70 year old.

  8. OJ is guilty as sin. He is an excellent example of 1) what is wrong with our justice system, and 2) God-given talent is often squandered.

  9. “The judge believed he got away with murder.” (…as in murder x2: Double Murder: two vicious aggravated ambush night attacks in which the mother of his children, this likely parolee nearly decapitated: the taking of the life of someone’s beloved son, brother, and so forth. We actually owe him nothing more than the prison softball commisioner’s job for life.

  10. Vox Veritas says:

    Back to the golf course where he can continue his search for the real killer.

  11. theotherhanddude says:

    Parole board should give him parole only after he pays off ALL of his civil lawsuit commitments

  12. OJ didn’t kill his wife, his kid did, why do you think the glove didn’t fit…it wasn’t his…..

  13. Hopefully when he`s released, he will get busy again trying to find Nicole`s murderer like he said he would.(sarc)

  14. Just like Hillary, O.J. is above the law.

  15. Apparently he didn’t serve any time for hard labor. He looks like Jaba the Juice…..

  16. Mark Meyer says:

    OJ has been in jail because a judge decided that he should have lost the murder trial. This is exactly the kind of judicial overreach that causes problems.

  17. About time…OJ is innocent!!! He was framed..He was framed

  18. Fred Doe says:

    Karma? That would be someone with leather gloves, one heck of a grudge, a sharp knife and willing o use them when he gets out.

  19. Fred Doe says:

    If that isn’t an intelligent, gentle, loving, kind face, then I’ve never seen one. Lol!

  20. He must be set free so he can spend his remaining time to find the real killer or killers of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

  21. Fred Bailey says:

    Well, he’s probably been shuckin’ and jivin” long enough.
    Maybe somebody will cap his arse when he gets out.

  22. The leather glove didn’t fit because it had gotten wet. Leather gloves shrink when they get wet.

  23. Whether people like it or not Simpson was found not guilty. Don’t aim your anger at him blame the State’s decision to put a politically correct woman & black man in charge of the care, when they had far more experienced white prosecutors they could have chose. Of corse it didn’t help that the States choice of prosecutors were to busy having an affair to do their job.

    After Goldman’s father won the civil suit he said it was not about money. Yet he went after Simpson like a vampire after blood for every cent he could provoking him at every turn. Despite the fact he had disowned his son years before for being a loser. At 70, Simpson has zero to lose, it would be great if Simpson got his hands on the father.

    1. semprasectum says:

      100% correct. . .

  24. Remember being in Lou’s Records in Encinitas, CA when we watched Juice run from the law in So Cal – what a surreal moment – with cash money in his possession and a disguise. The look on his face when they acquitted him him tells it all. Kardashian, well, what a slime he was with the “dream team” on board. They got a guilty man off for double murder, by hook or by crook. Listen to Nicole’s 911 calls the way. They’re online as well – if it’s ain’t OJ, he knows who did commit the murders.

  25. semprasectum says:

    Innocent man, wrongly convicted. . .

  26. He should have been executed a long time ago for a double murder and now they are freeing this killer on the street.

  27. John Barone says:

    Don’t let The Mass Murderer out of

  28. Bernita King says:

    This animal should have been put down a long time ago. Barring that, introduce him to a tall tree and a short rope

  29. Fred Wells says:

    I hope he gets out. After all wouldn’t want to see anyone killed at the hearing

  30. This SOB-POS got away with a double murder. He should be in until he croaks! 9 years for his current crime is a small price to pay for a double murder along with the robbery. I use to think he was a great athlete and a star in the NFL however, the double murder and this robbery conviction shows he should be doing at least 20 more years. He use to beat the hell out of his wife and there are photos to prove it. He should have been convicted of the double murder. He basically got away with a double murder because of his star status and a jury that did not do their job based on the evidence. He had a “dream team” of lawyers who was slick enough to convince an incompetent jury to let him walk. This will be a travesty of justice if he walks!!!

    1. You are a weak little troll!! Keep trolling so i have more laughs!

  31. Double Jeopardy…..OJ was in essence tried twice for the same crime. He’s done his time. Let him go.

  32. O.J. Simpson arranged an armed robbery of two memorabilia dealers. Those dealers were terrorized, and put in fear for their lives by Simpson and the group of thugs Simpson brought to the dealer’s hotel room. The dealers were not allowed to leave the premises, and the dealers had valuable articles that they owned stolen from them by force. I believe armed robbery and kidnapping by force should carry a very long sentence, both to punish the perpetrators and also to provide a deterrent effect. I do not believe the time Simpson has served is sufficient for this type of crime. I do not believe Simpson should be released at this time.

  33. Rod Scace says:

    If OJ can prove he didn’t kill his ex-wife and friend; otherwise question OJ and get who he paid to kill these two people.

  34. wvmmrh says:

    he’ll get out and then be the focus somehow of the media for the next several years…My fear is that he’ll effect,or try to effect race relations here in this country by creating some kind of issue,whether verbally or otherwise…he’s got a lot of black fans still..and it doesn’t take much to get them in the streets or on the corners in rage…if he gets out and goes about his business that’s fine..but something tells me he’s gonna become a focus and like so many other liberal celebrities,provoke some type of rebellious actions by his leftist notions.i don’t know..i just don’t see anything good coming from his release…imo he’ll be a media hoe and ten to one he’ll shove his personal opinions of Trump ,etc down people’s throats..Watch and see..I bet i’m right..Actually i hope he just settles in some area and stays far away from the media as possible.. a person like Simpson can easily sway the black culture to think certain ways,do certain things and in many blacks minds he’s a hero..don’t forget that. While many young people don’t know who he is,their parents will tell them. If he is released,what i expect is another liberal hollywood lefty to be making comments and causing commotion. And truthfully i’m getting sick of it.

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