OJ Simpson could be paroled at Thursday hearing

Virginia Carter
July 17, 2017

Simpson's parole hearing, scheduled for next Thursday (July 20), is expected to air live on ESPN and other networks, per Bleacher Report. At the time, the judge sentenced him to serve 33 years behind bars, with the possibly of parole after nine years.

Reporter Deborah Roberts spoke with several of Simpson's friends who feel he was overcharged and over-sentenced because people felt he got away with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman. In a statement published on its website, the parole board said all commissioners use the same risk assessment and guidelines, adding, "There is no evidence that the board is aware of that indicates that one location has panel members who are more conservative or liberal than the other location". Don't be surprised if ESPN uses the parole hearing as an excuse to promote O.J.: Made in America, their special series about Simpson's career and his quick fall from stardom.

In 2008, Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Walter Alexander avoided jail time by testifying against Simpson.

Simpson will join the members from his prison via video conference. The commission usually includes seven members, but now it has only six because a vacancy occurred June 30 and the replacement will not begin until after Simpson's hearing.

Another accomplice, Clarence C.J. Stewart, went on to trial and was convicted, but his case was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court after it ruled he was denied a fair trial.

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The commissioners will consider 11 objective criteria before deciding whether to grant Simpson parole, according to state guidelines. 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.

If the six votes are split, a subsequent parole hearing will be held in January 2018.

If granted parole, he could be released on October 1.

"I'm very sympathetic to him being released at the first possible moment", Bailey, 84, told NBC News.

"You have to do what you think is right and not really worry about public opinion", Salling added.

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