Nevada Parole Board Determining OJ's Fate Next Week

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

OJ Simpson will have a parole hearing on Thursday, and his attorney said he is likely to go free.

Felix, now retired and the author of Guarding The Juice, said Simpson is fearful that the media attention surrounding the parole hearing could hurt his chances of getting out.

Galanter said that at a 2013 hearing, Simpson received parole for some of his charges, including the armed robbery conviction. 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". 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.

The five-part ESPN documentary, unlike the FX series, did explore the Las Vegas heist in detail, and how Simpson, a one-time football great who parlayed his success into roles in television, advertising, and movies, robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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.

Four of his accused accomplices - Michael McClinton, Walter Alexander, Charles Ehrlich and Charles Cashmore - took plea deals and testified against Simpson. "They were trying to steal other people's money". If the board votes against him, Simpson could stay in prison until 2022. He will participate through video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center. Galanter called that "the clearest indicator" Simpson will be granted parole on the remaining counts Thursday. In the rare case of a three-three tie, parole would be denied for six months and a new hearing would be held next January. (Nevada holds parole hearings roughly three months ahead of time.) His release would likely come with numerous conditions, and he would nearly certainly be required to check in regularly with a parole officer.

Salling and Patton, the former board chairs, declined to speculate on a possible outcome. "And what's what these people do day in and day out".

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