Everything you need to know before the O.J. Simpson “Parole Hearing of the Century.”
Many forget the second major crime in the lifetime of a once symbolic American icon O.J. Simpson. Simpson was first put on trial for the murder of his then ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in the summer of 1994 which resulted in his famous (or infamous) acquittal of all charges being able to walk a free man. Days later he was smiling at a golf course, smoking a cigar with buddies of his.
The Goldman family, who were heartbroken following the verdict, settled out of court for $33 million though they claim to only have received a part of the settlement.
In 2007, Simpson was found guilty on 12 counts, three counts of conspiracy; one count of burglary with use of a deadly weapon; and two counts each of kidnapping, robbery, assault and coercion, all with use of a deadly weapon. Simpson reportedly robbed a family in a Las Vegas hotel, who he claimed stole arbitrary merchandise from him. Simpson brandished one of the men with a gun during the incident, and Simpson commanded that nobody leave the hotel room. In the end, nobody was able to recover any of the items that Simpson claimed were stolen such as family photos and jewelery. The judge sentenced Simpson to 33 years in prison in 2008 with a minimum sentence of 9 years without parole.
Simpson’s parole hearing will take place on Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m. ET, in Nevada where he will appear before four parole officers who may or may not approve for his release on October 1. Most legal analysts predict that Simpson will walk a free man, given the fact that in 2013 Simpson was granted parole on five of his counts.
The “Trial of the Century” in 1994, to which Simpson was acquitted, sparked a national conversation about racial discrimination in the United States. Given Los Angeles was where the murders took place and racial tensions were on the rise following the Rodney King incident and L.A. riots, much of Black America felt Simpson was falsely accused particularly surrounding the facts the LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman had planted evidence at the crime scene. After the murders, Simpson fled in White Bronco which would ensue a police chase on the Los Angeles freeway. The instance was recorded live and even interrupted during the 1994 NBA Finals.
However, Simpson was far from being a positive representation for Black America given his lavish lifestyle and the crowd he ran with, typically on the golf course. Simpson was more out of touch with those issues.
Simpson knew he would need a heavy hitting team to get him out of the rabbit hole and he had the resources to do so. Thus assembled the DREAM team, a group of lawyers that included Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Kardashian, Alan Dershowitz, and F. Lee Bailey.
Shapiro suggested that during the trial, Simpson try on the gloves which were laced with the DNA that conclusively contained blood samples on both Brown and Goldman. Simpson agreed with Shapiro’s advice and the gloves seemed to fit a bit snug.
Simpson’s popularity plummeted in the aftermath of the trial and he is seen as less than a positive image across racial lines today. If Simpson is released, his life will surely be in the limelight. Given the time since Simpson was arrested in 2008 until now, there has been a great change in the landscape of interconnectivity and social media. Simpson’s antics will be subject to scrutiny and kept close watch following his release by the media and the public alike.
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O.J. Simpson is explaining the incident that took place in 2007. He is explaining his innocence remarking he did not make threats.
“In no way shape or form did I wish them any harm.”
Simpson claims the victim card stating he has been under scrutiny since the age of 19.
“I’m at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend as much time as I can with my children and my friends.”
Simpson says he was not armed unlike the men men he was with. Simpson stated he had taken a course while in prison called “alternatives to violence” and told one and worked towards helping other prisoners to getting their life straight.
Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, stressed how great of a character O.J was who believes it is time for him to see his family.
A witness from the scene, and a close friend of O.J. testified on his behalf. He states that Simpson never held a gun to his head and would never do that. He made a mistake and is ready to make lifestyle changes.
O.J. also claims he has never dealt with alcohol or substance problems. Many speculate he is telling blatant lies.
The lengthy parole hearing concludes.
Geraldo Rivera of FOX News who covered the original O.J. trial in 94 slammed his character as a ‘narcissist race-baiter’. He made mention at the book released before the second arrest titled, “If I Did It: Confessions of a Killer.”
A Verdict is Underway.
Before the verdict, O.J. was caught on hot mic laughing about the news reporters and investigators cover the 1994 case with his attorney and a few others. He also laughed about Trump getting 2 scoops of Ice Cream instead of one and if he did that in prison.
The four parole commissioners grant him parole warning him the consequences if he were to violate it. O.J. responds thankfully and the hearing concludes.
“I think his whole history of violence, ignoring the law, no respect for the law, no remorse for virtually anything he’s ever done is an indication of who he is as a person,” Fred Goldman, the father of Ron Goldman, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos this morning. “I don’t think there’s any reason to think that he’s going to be a decent human being in society. I think he’s proved otherwise.”