There’s a very good chance that former NFL great O.J. Simpson will be a free man by the end of 2017.
Simpson is scheduled for a hearing in front of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners in Carson City, Nevada tomorrow, July 20 via video from the Lovelock Correctional Institution. Simpson was convicted in October 2008 on 12 counts that included conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery, assault and coercion, all with a deadly weapon for his role in a October 2007 robbery attempt in a Las Vegas hotel room.
In the robbery, Simpson took hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from two men. Simpson and his accomplices brandished a gun during the incident and the former football star told others in the room that no one could leave. Simpson indicated that he was trying to retrieve items that belonged to him which included family photos.
Fast forward to 2017. If a simple majority of the four commissioners vote in favor of parole, Simpson will be released in early October.
The parole board will give judgment on Simpson based upon his time spent in the Nevada facility and not based upon the murder case in the 90s.
For those tardy to the party or not even born yet, Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted on the murder charges but lost a $33.5 million judgment in civil court for the deaths of Brown and Goldman.
Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, represented Simpson during the trial. Bailey along with Robert Shapiro, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen, Carl E. Douglas and Johnnie Cochran were dubbed Simpson’s Dream Team.
Bailey disagrees with that notion. “No, because it had some good lawyers, some not so good,” Bailey told me on Scoop B Radio.
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Bailey who also secured a reversal of Dr. Sam Sheppard’s conviction in the murder of his pregnant wife in the 60’s and an acquittal at his second trial and represented Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the Boston Strangler weighed in more on his assessment of the Simpson Dream team lawyers.
“Johnnie Cochran tried his best to keep an even keel in the atmosphere of the courtroom we were working in. That wasn’t very easy and he was not always successful. Although Johnnie was a very good lawyer, I enjoyed working with him and became his good friend, but apart from that the dream team was not as well coordinated as it should have been and the work was not apportioned out on a very thoughtful basis in my view.”
According to Bailey the Simpson case was rather long and he just wanted to do his work and go home.”A lot of people were competing for the limelight,” said Bailey.
“I just wanted to get out of there because California trials are an imposition on anybody that gets wrapped up in them. The Patty Hearst case was worth three weeks of trial; indeed that was forecast. It was wrapped up in three months even in a Federal court. The O.J. case might have been three months total, it took over a year. That’s pretty unnerving for someone who has other clients to worry about, other places to be.”
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