Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

OJ Simpson's Parole Hearing Will Reportedly Be Televised on Multiple Networks

OJ Simpson's Parole Hearing Will Reportedly Be Televised on Multiple Networks

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year, after spending nearly a decade behind bars.

Despite the notoriety that came from the murder trial, as well as being the 1968 Heisman Trophy victor and Hall of Fame running back for the Bills, two former chairs of the Nevada parole board told NBC News Simpson will be treated simply as "Inmate #1027820".

In 2013 he was granted parole on a few of the 12 original charges, but still had to serve an additional four years for some weapons-related convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Those parole board commissioners must decide whether one of the most infamous men in the nation, imprisoned almost a decade ago for a bungled Las Vegas robbery, walks out of prison.

Simpson will have an opportunity to speak during the upcoming hearing, according to David Smith, a spokesman for the parole board.

Simpson is serving time for a scheme to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

The public's fascination with Simpson hasn't ebbed since his era-defining arrest (and acquittal) for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

But the board will not take that into consideration since a jury acquitted Simpson of those charges in 1995 in what has been called "The Trial of the Century".

Galanter said nothing has changed since the last hearing - except Simpson has served four more years.

"He's going to get parole", Yale Galanter, who represented Simpson during the 2008 trial, told USA Today.

Four members of the parole commission will decide his fate, although Galanter said most of that deliberating happens before the hearing.

At his 2013 hearing, he told members, "I just wish I never went to that room".

If Simpson is paroled, the media figure to return in droves in October 1, when he will be eligible for release from prison.

The Board of Parole Commissioners said in a statement to USA Today that its members will issue a decision on the day of this week's hearing to minimize the media circus that Simpson creates.

"In terms of what he does with the rest of his life, " Galanter said, "if he was sitting next to me I'd say, 'Listen, be thankful you got out in nine years". Play a lot of golf.

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