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July 19, 2017

Will (and should) OJ Simpson get paroled in Nevada this week?

This USA Today article, headlined "Why O.J. Simpson is expected to be paroled at July 20 hearing," reports on why an infamous state criminal defendant is expected to secure parole in Nevada after serving only about 30% of his imposed prison term. Here are excerpts:

O.J. Simpson, behind bars in a Nevada prison for almost nine years, is eligible for parole Thursday and one of his former attorneys thinks the matter is all but a foregone conclusion that the former football and TV star will be eligible for release on Oct. 1.

"He’s going to get parole," said Yale Galanter, who represented Simpson during the 2008 trial when Simpson was found guilty of 12 counts, including robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to nine years minimum and 33 years maximum. "Parole in the state of Nevada is really based on how you behave in prison, and by all accounts he’s been a model prisoner. There are no absolutes anytime you’re dealing with administrative boards, but this is as close to a non-personal decision as you can get."

Four members from the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners will consider parole for Simpson at the board offices in Carson City, Nev., with the proceedings set to begin Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Simpson, 70, will participate by video conference from about 100 miles away at Lovelock Correctional Center, where he has been imprisoned since December 2008.

Parole is largely determined by a point system, and how the commissioners feel about Simpson — or his acquittal in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman — can have no impact on parole, according to Galanter. "It really is based on points," he said. "How long have you served, what your disciplinary record is, what the likelihood of committing another crime is, their age, the facts and the circumstances of the case."

The parole board has rejected the idea that Simpson could be facing more conservative commissioners because he’s imprisoned in northern Nevada. 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."... "Simpson, with the help of several other men, broke into a Las Vegas hotel room on Sept. 13, 2007, and stole at gunpoint sports memorabilia that he said belonged to him. More than a year later, on Oct. 8, 2008, he was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges. He was granted parole in 2013 on the armed robbery convictions. Galanter called that "the clearest indicator" Simpson will be granted parole on the remaining counts Thursday.

Simpson is being considered for parole for kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and the use of a deadly weapon enhancement. "It’s a fairly routine administrative matter," the attorney said. "It’s more like, 'Mr. Simpson, you’ve been a model prisoner, you have the points, congratulations, do you have anything to say, thank you very much, granted, Oct. 1.' "

Yet, it won’t exactly be routine. The parole board, for example, has said it will issue a decision Thursday so to minimize distractions. The results of some hearings, by contrast, take three weeks to reach the inmate. "The media interest in this one case is a disruption to our operation," the parole board said in its statement. "A decision (on Simpson) is being made at the time of the hearing so that the board’s operation can return to normal as soon as possible after the hearing."...

Simpson will have an opportunity to address the board by video conference as he did during the 2013 hearing. More than 240 media credentials have been approved, according to Keast, who said a dozen satellite trucks are expected at the sites in both in Carson City and Lovelock. If Simpson is paroled, the media figure to return in droves in Oct. 1, when he will be eligible for release from prison.

Notably, Gregg Jarrett at FoxNews believes strongy that OJ shoud not get parole; he explains in this commentary, headlined "O.J. Simpson, up for parole, should never be set free," how the California civil suit finding OJ responsible for wrongful deaths should be sufficient for the Nevada parole board to conclude he presents a risk to public safety.

July 19, 2017 at 11:48 AM | Permalink


The former defense attorney's argument is powerful but wonder how Nevada handled it in past cases somewhat similar in nature. Meanwhile ....

Working in Simpson’s favor this afternoon will be the testimony of Bruce Fromong, one of his victims in the robbery, who believes Simpson has served his time. The DA who prosecuted the case thinks similarly, telling the New York Post “The guy did a lot of time on a robbery charge, I expect he’ll probably be paroled.”


Posted by: Joe | Jul 19, 2017 1:11:30 PM

Simpson should NEVER get out.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 19, 2017 2:06:44 PM

Of course he did a lot of time for the robbery charge but that is because he wasn't sentenced based upon a robbery charge. I'm not fan of the opposition to acquitted conduct but if there is a poster child for acquitted conduct opposition OJ is it. He got sentenced for the murder everyone thinks he committed but got away with, not the robbery charge,

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 19, 2017 2:48:42 PM

I respect federalist's disagreement with a victim here.

What did the other parties to the crimes receive here?


An accomplice received 15 years in prison, eligible for parole after 7 and a 1/2 years. Plus, Simpson appears to have been the ringleader, so warranted more. And, it wasn't just robbery. But, I wouldn't be surprised Simpson's punishment was somehow affected by his acquitted conduct.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 19, 2017 3:07:15 PM

Robbery is a serious crime, and OJ is a serious criminal--don't care if his conduct was acquitted.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 19, 2017 4:20:26 PM

If you consider Fox News notable, go work for it, DAB

Posted by: anon | Jul 19, 2017 4:34:09 PM

Not only did OJ imperil his own parole, he may be subject to a new sex offense: masturbating in his cell in violation of federal prison rules. So not only will he fail to get out, he will also be subject to the sex offender registry.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Jul 19, 2017 5:16:43 PM

But OJ isnot in federal prison, hes in the state pen. Its just a misc infraction, no biggee.

Half of them get cahght and they all do ut, most likely the warden and guards as well.

Who cares, its his charge and did he do enough time is the issue.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Jul 19, 2017 7:44:03 PM

ABSURD!!! So many fault the original Acquittal he is clearly sentenced to trumped up charges by rogue law enforcement and state attorney! You say too bad he is guilty as far as I am concerned... until one day you are charged with a crime YOU did not commit and it is held against you everywhere you go and a "judge" (I use the term loosely) does not honor the law she swore to uphold and sentences you to triple what anyone else would get for the same crime!! If you support this then throw out our Constitution because it means nothing! Police far too often are corrupt, they do not "protect and serve", they think they know it all and are never wrong. The judge follows their own agenda not the law and all of a sudden you are in prison for years!! Let's hear you all cry foul... lmao If it is good for one it is good for all and we all know we have thousands of people in prisons for crimes they did not commit. We have too many people that have been murdered in prison for murders they did not commit. The USA imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the world!!
We spend and average of $29,000 a year to incarcerate in state prisons and $31,000 a year per inmate in federal prisons!!200,000 inmates in Federal prisons and 2,300,000 in State and County prisons!! Set aside the corruption in prisons and law enforcement and that cost we are spending a minimum of $66,700,000,000 in state and county prisons!!! Plus another $6,200,000,000 for the Federal side!!! WTF is wrong with us prisons are a multi-trillion dollar industry and companies fight for those contracts and WE PAY FOR IT!!
Now add the illegal immigrants we are educating... no wonder we are a failed nation!

Posted by: Linda | Jul 20, 2017 12:07:16 PM

Oh well. 4-0, approved.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 20, 2017 3:36:44 PM

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