Chicago Lawyer: OJ Simpson Parole Likely, Justified
Jul 20 2017 by Dustin Murphy
In the robbery, Simpson took hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from two men.
1969: The first pick in the pro draft, Simpson goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.
Former football superstar O.J. Simpson could be released from a Nevada prison as early as October if all goes well at Thursday's parole board hearing to be televised live by ESPN and streamed by several websites.
In 2007, grainy surveillance video from a Las Vegas casino showed Simpson leaving a sports memorabilia dealer's hotel room and heading back into the national spotlight.
He was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges in connection to the crime and was sentenced to 33 years behind bars with the possibility of parole after nine years.
Simpson, 70, will ask four parole board members who sided with him once before to release him in October, a likely possibility with his clean prison record. In addition, the man may be out soon if the upcoming parole hearing is going to go as planned. KTVU, NBC News, and ABC News are among the channels that have been granted access to the hearing, and they will all be streaming the hearing online; links to each of their livestreams are available on the Board of Parole's website.
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"I wish I'd said, 'Keep it and not worry about it, ' " Simpson said.
Steve Wolfson, the current Clark County district attorney, told AFP he believes Simpson "makes an excellent candidate for parole".
The parole hearing will likely dominate the news in the United States, with all the major television networks set to livestream the hearing.
Prominent Buffalo defense attorney Paul Cambria thinks O.J. Simpson, the former Bills great who is serving time for a botched robbery, has a good shot.
Simpson was arrested after a low-speed auto chase through Los Angeles which was broadcast live by television stations and watched by millions.
Simpson was accused of but acquitted in their killings in 1995.
Public views on the African-American athlete's guilt or innocence divided sharply along racial lines. The former football star subsequently was judged liable for the deaths in a civil case brought by the two victims' families.
However, one factor that could weigh against his seemingly solid case for parole is the notoriety still surrounding Simpson's acquittal in a sensational double-murder trial that gripped America two decades ago, according to some who have followed his case most closely.
Simpson is expected to explain what he would do and where he would live if he was released.