In 1995, an estimated 100 million viewers watched on television as the onetime athlete was acquitted in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The man who prosecuted him and put him behind bars, retired Clark County DA David Roger, says he believes Simpson will get parole.
Walter Alexander, who avoided jail time in return for testifying against Simpson, said the former National Football League star didn't think they were committing any crimes. He has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center since December 2008.
O.J. Simpson, behind bars in a Nevada prison for nearly 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 October 1.
Simpson was convicted of trying to take pieces of sports memorabilia that he claimed was stolen from him. Simpson, who is now serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed.
The men also told ABC's Deborah Roberts that if Simpson was a "regular guy" he could possibly be set free, but his circumstances change things.
Simpson is being considered for parole for kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and the use of a deadly weapon enhancement.
The four members of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners will consider Simpson's case at 1 p.m. "The hype is about the murder charge and the legal system found him not guilty". The parole board, for example, has said it will issue a decision Thursday so to minimize distractions.
Simpson will have an opportunity to address the board by video conference as he did during the 2013 hearing. In either case, a decision is expected on the day of the hearing.
Four members of the parole commission will decide his fate, although Galanter said most of that deliberating happens before the hearing.
"My advice to him would be to live out the rest of your life", the lawyer said.