Should the Juice be loose?
O.J. Simpson, the former football star and Nevada prison inmate this week will ask state parole board members this week to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to get back his sports memorabilia.
Simpson, 70, has had a clean record behind bars as he approaches his nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
No one at his hearing Thursday is expected to oppose releasing him in October, not even the victim of the Las Vegas heist.
Prison life was a stunning fall for a charismatic celebrity whose storybook career as an electrifying running back dubbed “The Juice” won him the Heisman Trophy as the best college player in 1968 and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Then came the infamous slow-speed chase in the white Bronco on June 17, 1994, five days after his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and and her friend Ron Goldman were discovered stabbed to death outside Brown’s condominium in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood.
The resulting murder trial was dubbed the “Trial of the Century.” Simpson was acquitted criminally of the murders, but was later found liable for the wrongful death and battery of Goldman and the battery of Brown and ordered to pay $33.5 million to their estates.
If he is released, a large chunk of his income will have to go toward paying off the civil suit’s ruling. He will, however, be able to collect his pension plan from the NFL, valued at just under $3 million, without fear of the money going toward the settlement.
“Assuming he didn’t do anything bad on the inside, I think nine years is a pretty good stay for his charges,” says retired Clark County District Attorney David Roger.
Should Simpson be paroled after serving nine years in prison?
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