Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free O.J. (Again)

O.J. Simpson Wins Parole:

O. J. Simpson, the former football hero and actor whose good-guy image vanished when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, will go free after serving nine years in a Nevada prison on charges stemming from an armed robbery, a state parole board ruled on Thursday.
Mr. Simpson, who turned 70 this month, went before the board as a man convicted of taking a group of accomplices, two of them armed with guns, to a cheap Las Vegas hotel room in 2007 to take hundreds of items from a sports memorabilia dealer. But it is the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, for which he was acquitted after the most-watched trial in history, that have cast the longer, darker shadow over his life and reputation.
After the robbery conviction in 2008, a judge sentenced Mr. Simpson to nine to 33 years in state prison, making him eligible for parole for the first time on Oct. 1. Based on his age and the fact that he was viewed as a model prisoner, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted his release the first time it was considered, rather than denying parole and making him wait years for another chance.
I really hope, for symmetry's sake, they release him on October 3rd. That was the day of his homicide acquittal in 1995, the day he was convicted of armed robbery and burglary in Vegas in 2008, and my f'ing birthday, which he's been ruining on and off since.

I wrote about the Juice last year, for the first time in years and years, when the plethora of documentaries came out reviving interest in him and his cases, and made the following observation:
Nonetheless, slowed down by the years in prison (the picture above was from 2015 when an appeal was rejected), the Juice comes up for parole in 2017. I would have bet against him getting it before these new documentaries and movies about him, but now that interest has been generated again on a national scale, I'm not so sure he won't be back on the streets by the end of 2017.

And the reaction will still be notable to watch.
It sure will.

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